Anna O’Byrne in Becoming Eliza at the Sydney Opera House

Australian-grown international star and soprano Anna O’Byrne will reveal the story of working with Dame Julie Andrews and perform Andrews’ iconic songs in the world premiere of Becoming Eliza, at the Sydney Opera House from 9 – 12 June 2022.

Photo by Daniel Boud

In this new Australian concert evening, audiences will be transported to the set of Opera Australia’s 60th anniversary production of My Fair Lady in 2016, where Dame Julie Andrews directed O’Byrne in her Helpmann-award winning portrayal of Eliza Doolittle. Anna O’Byrne reveals an intimate story about overcoming her fears and stepping into an icon’s shoes in this heartfelt celebration of Eliza Doolittle’s enduring legacy. It leaps to life with songs from Julie Andrews’ extensive repertoire including “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “My Favourite Things”, spanning Mary Poppins to The Sound of Music and Camelot.

Anna O’Byrne says

Being directed by Dame Julie Andrews in the iconic role she made famous was an experience beyond anything I could have dreamed. Julie showed me such warmth, wisdom, wit, and above all, generosity of spirit. It is a little of this spirit which I hope to share with the audiences of Becoming Eliza.

Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Ebony Bott, says

Becoming Eliza reveals an honest and personal story alongside captivating musical performances that will leave you feeling uplifted. Presented at a time when the original story’s themes of gender, class and overcoming adversity still resonate as powerfully as they did in 1956, Becoming Eliza fixes the spotlight firmly on the powerful stories of women.

This generation’s classic leading lady, O’Byrne is best known for her role as Christine Daaé in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, and the original Australian production of its sequel Love Never Dies, for which she was nominated for a Green Room Award, as well as the English National Opera’s Sweeney Todd, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White.

Becoming Eliza is produced by Enda Markey and with musical direction by Guy Simpson and direction by Sharon Millerchip, who says

Anna O’Byrne’s beautifully crafted script, had me turning the pages eagerly. With humour and candour Anna tells of her intriguing relationship with Julie Andrews and the challenges of inhibiting her own Eliza Doolittle. Add to this Anna’s glorious soprano and I’m sure the audience will be spellbound. I can’t wait.

Event details
WHAT: Becoming Eliza
WHEN: 9 – 12 June 2022
WHERE: Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
PRICES: From $44 + booking fee
INSIDERS PRE SALE: 9am Tuesday 1 March 2022
WHAT’S ON PRE SALE: 9am Wednesday 2 March 2022

Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

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