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If you have an opportunity to see a performance in the Sydney Opera House, jump at it. The "House" is actually not that impressive inside, but the walk back after the show toward the ferry terminals at Circular Quay, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up and the crowd all around you debating the best part of this play or who dropped a beat in that performance -- well, it's like hearing Gershwin on the streets of New York. You'll want the moment to stay with you forever.

Theater

Sydney's blessed with plenty of theaters, many more than I have space for here -- check the Sydney Morning Herald, especially the Friday edition, for information on what's currently in production.

It's a Festival!

If you happen to be in Australia in January, plan to attend one of the many events that are part of the annual Sydney Festival. The festival kicks off just after New Year's and continues through the month, with recitals, plays, films, and performances at venues throughout the city, including Town Hall, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Sydney Opera House, and Darling Harbour. Some events are free. "Jazz in the Domain" and "Symphony in the Domain" are two free outdoor performances held in the Royal Botanic Gardens, generally on the third and fourth weekends in January; each event attracts thousands of Sydneysiders. For more information, contact Festival Ticketek (tel. 02/9266 4111; fax 02/9267 4460). Buy tickets and find out about performances on the Web at www.sydneyfestival.org.au.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.