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    Highlights from Opening Night of Opera on Sydney Harbour

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    This is Opera Australia's most ambitious project ever, costing $11.5m with over 130 performers, 240 Opera Australia staff and 60 volunteers. Staged under the night sky and against the spectacular backdrop of the Sydney skyline, performers and audiences alike will be lit up nightly by this sparkling opera production complete with fireworks on five barges. Featuring Mardi-Gras-inspired costumes, the world's largest Chesterfield and a live orchestra housed on the water line, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is more than opera, it's an event. Already called the 'world-wide number #1 opera event of 2012' by The Guardian, it's set to dazzle 3000 people nightly, over its 3 week season. Directed by renowned US director Francesca Zambello and starring Australian sopranos Emma Matthews and Rachelle Durkin alternating in the role of Violetta, with two of the world's leading tenors, Italian, Gianluca Terranova and Korean, Ji-Min Park alternating as Alfredo. Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: La Traviata opens 24 March 2012 with tickets from $85. www.operaonsydneyharbour.com.au

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