Opera Australia Costume Sale

Opera Australia has announced The Opera Centre in Surry Hills will open its doors over two days in mid-April for a costume clearance sale. Stock from retired productions will be available for purchase with prices starting at the jaw-droppingly low fifty cents.

In an effort to make room to store new creations, more than 2000 pieces, crafted with hundreds of thousands of hours of hand stitching and painstaking attention to detail, will be on offer.

“Our last two clearance sales have been remarkedly popular, selling out on both occasions. This is another fantastic opportunity for fans to become the proud owners of specific, incredible costumes and accessories that have had a life on the stages of the Arts Centre Melbourne, the Sydney Opera House and other venues around the country,” said Opera Australia’s Wigs and Wardrobe Manager, Rebecca Ritchie.

Items will be on offer from productions of operas including Boris Godunov, Carmen, Don Carlos, Iolanthe, Orpheus in the Underworld (pictured above) , and The Pearl Fishers among many more. Dress-up dreams can come true amid the array of fantasy costumes, men’s and women’s period clothing, traditional dress, period hats, armour, and theatrical fabrics and trims.

With Mother’s Day here before you know it, the perfect gift for Mum may be found in these exclusive pieces that were once worn by some of opera’s best dramatic divas – whether Mum would like to be surprised with a precious keepsake worn by her favourite heroine or if she needs a glitzy gown to dress to impress at her next special event.

This is a free event and entry will be permitted on a first in, best dressed basis until the venue reaches capacity.

Dates/Times: Friday 14 April, 10:00am – 4:00pm + Saturday 15 April, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Location: The Opera Centre, Level 2, Paint Dock (entry at the rear of the building, via Clisdell St)

480 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 | Limited street parking available


Covid-19 Safety Measures: Visitors are advised not to attend if unwell.

  • No dressing rooms will be available to try on items
  • EFTPOS and credit card facilities available only, no cash
  • Customers must bring their own bags