Two nights only!!!

February 25/26

Enjoy a
FUN, FAST and FANTASTIC celebration of opera highlights with your friends!

Opera by Candlelight is FUN! All your favourite tunes and a unique banquet setting make this a fun night for you to share with your friends.

Opera by Candlelight is FAST! We leave out all the boring bits so we can emphasise the wonderful tunes, the powerful emotions, and the great scenes.

Opera by Candlelight is FANTASTIC! Wonderful voices, glamorous young singers, a glorious setting.

You’ll enjoy wonderful artists, a sumptuous set and lots of great tunes.

Booking Details


Think of this as a posh picnic and bring a yummy dinner. This can be as simple or glamorous as you like… some parties bring a four course dinner and some parties bring sandwiches or a cheese platter.

WE PROVIDE tables, chairs, linen tablecloths, wine glasses, water tumblers, soft drink, water, napkins and wine; including dry white table wine, a robust red and some lovely bubbly. You may of course bring your favorite wine.

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING your dinner and everything for serving. We DON’T provide cutlery or crockery…only glassware.

Coffee, tea, ice cream and additional wine are available for purchase in the supper room at interval.


All banquet table seats are $100

We are limited to 320 guests (40 tables)


Opera by Candlelight is your opportunity to dress to the nines. Be a part of the glamour. Your choice of formal, flamboyant or operatic dress adds lustre to this great occasion.

first booked gets the best seats

Earliest bookings get the best tables. The order of FIRST booking will determine your place in the hall.

You only have to book one seat to reserve a table, so book your seat now! Your friends can book seperately (make sure they book for the same night). We’ll contact everyone and make sure you’re sitting together at the same table.

we manage your booking

Ask your friends to book for the same night as you, and we’ll make sure everyone is at the same table. 

We take care of any changes or extra booking requests!

Opera by Candlelight Gallery

Get a glimpse into the magical night

Reviews for Opera by Candlelight

Hear what our fabulous supporters have to say about our spectacular event

“Thanks for putting the FUN back into opera and classical music. I love going to concerts with my friends but most opera and classical music is now “Oh So Serious”.

We love that young Australian singers join your international artists. Your choice of songs is wonderful and we really appreciate the variety and so many tunes we know well and love.

Will there be a sing-a-long again this year? There are over 20 people in our party and we’re already planning our outfits and table dressings so we can be a part of this wonderful night. We’ll see you in February!”

Heather Powell, ACT

“Thanks Carl, for giving us the best of all possible worlds! A great night out with our friends, a superb entertainment and a wonderful night of food and wine. It’s the trifecta!”

Michael Davidson, Forrest ACT

“Last Sunday was our first time at Opera by Candlelight. What a marvellous way to showcase exceptional talent! It was a truly memorable night and is a wonderful event to be held at our fabulous Albert Hall. Congratulations to you and to all involved. Fantastic! Let’s see more of it.”

Di & Jerry, ACT

“Your shows are wonderfully entertaining. It’s opera without the boring bits. A bit like ONE DAY CRICKET! A fabulous mix for music lovers and a great introduction for ‘first timers’.”

Mark Simpson, ACT

“There’s no other event like this in Australia. It was well worth our trip. We’ll come for the next show, and we’ll bring friends next time!”

Don Atkinson, Glenelg SA

“I just wanted to let you know how much our table enjoyed the performance on Sunday – the general comments/feedback was WONDERFUL!!

They have all told me that they wish to be included in future events which is just great. Well Done!”

Margaret, ACT

“We always invite our Sydney friends to join us for Opera by Candlelight. It’s a unique event in Canberra, and a great reason for our friends to visit.”

Lucy Beauchamp, Garran ACT

Contact Us

For all inquiries please call Carl Rafferty on 0417 429 899

or email

Opera by Candlelight is a glorious celebration of glamour and fun at Canberra’s historic Albert Hall