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Aida on Sydney Harbour in numbers

Nefertiti's head under construction at the Opera on Sydney Harbour site. Photo by Prudence Upton.

Nefertiti’s head under construction at the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour site. Photo by Prudence Upton.

  • The head of Nefertiti is 18 metres tall and weighs 15 tonne
  • More than 150 people are involved in building the stage
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Nefertiti under construction at the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour site. Photo: Hamilton Lund

    • 200 hours of rehearsal time go into the production
    • Each of the Ethiopian costumes are swathed in more than 20 metres of fabric
Dancers Alice Robinson and Maxime Hexter model their costumes, alongside fellow star camels! Photo: Jennifer Williams

Dancers Alice Robinson and Maxime Hexter model their costumes, alongside a fellow star camel! Photo: Jennifer Williams

  • Over the season, approximately 22,000 glasses of sparkling wine are sold
  • Approximately 70 volunteers from NSW make this event possible
  • You’re sitting among 3,001 seats, purpose-built for the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour project
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Nefertiti under construction at the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour site. Photo: Hamilton Lund

  • More than 300 people work on site for each performance, including two Surf Life savers
  • Opera Australia employs divers to check the port bed for debris before we leave the site, and works with an aboriculturalist to prevent damage to the trees
  • There’s only one road in and one road out to Fleet Steps. On the day the stage arrives, on 15 semi-trailers and rigid trucks, that’s quite a logistical challenge!
  • 223 speakers carry the beautiful music into the night air
  • 600 lighting fixtures are used on the site and back of house
  • 220 lights illuminate the production
  • 65km of power, audio and data cables are in use
  • Environmental measures on site prevent the release of more than 40 tonnes CO2 into the atmosphere

8 Responses to “Aida on Sydney Harbour in numbers”

  1. Christine Jordan

    Magnificent…congratulations on such a mamoth project ..can hardly wait till 28th when friend & I fly over from perth wa. C
    Chrissie

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  2. Anke Burns

    I am amazed and can’t wait to view and enjoy it all in person on opening night.
    Thanks for what will surely be a breathtaking experience.

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  3. Annette Bando

    Was blown away by Carmen and Madama Butterfly and can’t wait for Aida. My non-opera going husband loves the spectacle- will there be elephants on stage??

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  4. Sue McGrath

    I am so excited and know I will be overwhelmed by the spectacle to such a degree that I will cry. Can’t wait!!

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  5. Annie Quadroy

    I’ve raved about the previous operas on the Harbour so much that family and friend are flying from all over Australia to join me at Aida – woohoo, can’t wait!

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  6. Sandra

    This will be the fourth opera my friend and I have seen and last year we introduced another friend who was absolutely blown away by Madama Butterfly so the 3 of us will be hoping for another great night which I have no doubt it will be on 15 April.

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  7. Jo

    I remember singing in the opera house when I was a high school girl but now I’m 53 and never seen an opera. My best friend is bringing me next Tuesday to c the opera I’m so excited I feel like I’m the young high school girl again I no it will b a memory I’ll always treasure xxx

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