The world is watching the Aussie National Opera in the United States this weekend, as it celebrates its 70th anniversary.
The show has become a global icon, with more than a quarter of a million tickets sold.
The Aussie is the only Australian opera company to have staged a world tour, with the tour now in its final year.
A crowd of 2,500 fans has packed into the Sydney Opera House to watch the show at 8.30pm on Saturday.
Australian National Opera director Richard Stokes said the company was honoured to be able to play in the USA and was looking forward to another successful year.
“We have an enormous fan base in the U.S. who have grown up on the shows of the past and the stories of the people who have been there,” Mr Stokes told ABC Radio.
“And it’s great to see them coming back to our world and seeing our characters and stories in their own language, their own context, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.”
The company has sold more than 5.5 million tickets to the American audience.
It has been performing in the world for more than 40 years, having toured with the likes of Mahler and Brahms, and also performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall and at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Tickets for the US show will be available on the company’s website from 4pm local time on Saturday, with a limited number of tickets available to purchase online.
Topics:arts-and-entertainment,music,music-universities,music—australiaFirst posted October 23, 2018 07:00:23Contact Emily DeakinMore stories from Australia