Bidding for Oprah Tickets Begins in Sydney


Talk Show Legend Will Tape Two Shows at Sydney Opera House

SYDNEY -- Bidding for tickets for the taping of the Australian editions of Oprah Winfrey’s Oprah show has opened, with confirmation Thursday that two programs will be filmed in the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House on December 14.

Tickets will be available to both U.S. and Australian audiences via a public ballot over the next two days, with bidders limited to two tickets each. While no numbers for the outside broadcast have been confirmed, it is understood that the Sydney Opera House forecourt can hold between 3000 and 6000 people depending on whether they are seated or standing. The tapings, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon, will go ahead rain or shine, a letter from organizers to bidders says.

Situated at the edge of Sydney Harbor and the city’s central business district, the Sydney Opera House forecourt is no stranger to big entertainment events. It is the venue for this weekend’s ARIA Awards, Australia's equivalent of the Grammys, and each season finale of Australian Idol was filmed in the forecourt with between 4000 and 6000 Idol fans in attendance.

The Opera House shows are part of Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure, with Winfrey and 300 of her audience members taking a 10-day trip down under in December as part of the final season of her eponymous program. The shows filmed in Australia will go to air in the U.S. in January.

Crews from Harpo Productions have been location scouting around the country for the last few months.

Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Adventure is being partly underwritten by Tourism Australia and the New South Wales government for around $3.5 million, with Qantas, RM Williams, and several state-based tourism bodies also involved. Actual locations being visited are being kept under wraps at this stage, as are the guests who will appear on the shows.