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Madama Butterfly experience With Art Gallery tour and dinner at MOD Dining

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Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour

The Art Gallery of New South Wales and Opera Australia invite you to an exclusive special evening.

Combine your love of art, food and opera in one amazing experience on Sydney Harbour, Gadigal country.

Starting with a guided exploration of the Art Gallery’s new SAANA-designed North Building, you’ll get to know the secrets of Sydney’s most exciting new architectural landmark and encounter one-of-a-kind artworks created especially for our expanded art museum campus.

Then, surrounded by internationally renowned art and overlooking Woolloomooloo Bay, delight your senses with wine and starters followed by a two-course menu at MOD Dining by Clayton Wells, one of Australia’s most exciting chefs.

Depart the Art Gallery and take a sunset stroll through the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens to your final destination: the critically acclaimed and wildly popular Madama Butterfly for its return to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour stage. Take your seats overlooking ‘Paradise’, complete with a bamboo grove, giant moon and rising sun floating in the harbour. As night falls and Sydney’s city lights begin to sparkle, be swept up in the grandeur of open-air opera, with the mesmerising backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. If you like sweeping dramas, star-crossed romances, spectacular outdoor concerts and fireworks, you’ll love this!

Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour is a ‘five star world-beating triumph, surely one of the most spectacular outdoor operas ever staged anywhere’ (Time Out), and the Art Gallery’s new building is the city’s most significant cultural addition in recent history. Combined with dinner from an award-winning chef, this is set to be Sydney’s best night out.

The experience includes:

  • 30-minute guided tour of new artwork commissions in the Art Gallery’s North Building (5–5.30pm)

  • two-course menu plus starters and a glass of wine at MOD Dining on lower level 1 of the North Building (5.30–6.45pm) 

  • C-reserve ticket (B-reserve for Art Gallery members) to Opera Australia’s Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour, at Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point (7.30pm, approx 2 hours and 45 minutes, including interval)

Madama Butterfly experience With Art Gallery tour and dinner at MOD Dining

Wednesdays 29 March 19 April 2023

Art Gallery of New South Wales

North Building, Meet in the Welcome Plaza

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$275 per person
$263.50 member
$255 concession
$250 student
Includes tour, dining package and ticket to Madama Butterfly on Sydney Harbour


Tour and dining tickets will be emailed to you from the Art Gallery. Madama Butterfly performance tickets will be emailed to you via Opera Australia approx 5 days before the performance date.

The Madama Butterfly performance ticket is commissionable for tourism trade. If you are a tourism operator, email tourism@ag.nsw.gov.au