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2007 Media Releases

2007 Media Releases

December Opera Australia's Christmas at the House: From 19 December

Christmas is a joyous time, so come and celebrate the festive season at the annual Christmas concerts in the Concert Hall. More 

Vienna Waits For You

Farewell 2007 with a bang! Join the 60-piece Australian Philharmonic Orchestra for sweeping symphonic and choral arrangements in a spectacular end-of-year concert celebrating the warmth and magic of old Vienna. More  

Tom Gleeson - Tom On! From 11 December

Much-loved Australian comedian and television personality Tom Gleeson is bursting with tales to tell in his brand new show about his recent tour as a tonic for the troops in Iraq. More 

Fiona O'Loughlin: From 11 December

Leave the kids at home and the dishes in the sink as the Queen of Australian comedy, Fiona O’Loughlin, returns to The Studio with her riotously funny and disturbingly personal new show. More 

Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy): From 9 December

Hallelujah, Brian has risen! Move over Handel, the team that unleashed Spamalot on an unsuspecting public has combined to give Monty Python’s Life of Brian the Messiah treatment. For one night only, on Sunday 9 December, join Monty Python superstar Eric Idle, collaborator John Du Prez and a cast of thousands – well, use your imagination – in this triumphant re-telling of the legendary film. More 

The Needle & The Damage Done: From 5 December

There’s some bad music out there. Mesmerising, car-crash, can’t look away, bad music. Put out on vinyl by misguided Christians, Aussie TV stars, footy players, racists and misogynistic soul singers to name but a few, Fiona Scott-Norman has been collecting this stuff since she was old enough to shoplift a Rolf Harris record. And she figures it’s time to share the love. More 

Tom Tom Club: From 4 December

The future of Australian circus and hip hop will explode into action when the Tom Tom Club returns home with its inimitable fusion of supercharged breaks, beats and flips. More 

November One Night with Dionne Warwick and her band: 28 November

From the 1962 release of her first single, Don’t Make Me Over, Dionne Warwick has gone on to dominate the pop, soul and R&B charts for decades. With five Grammy Awards, Dionne Warwick’s voice and artistry has stood the test of time and developed along with the musical world. More 

Studio String Sessions: From 27 November

The Studio continues to build its growing reputation as one of the top live music venues in the country by presenting the best local and international acts across all forms. More 

Sizwe Banzi is Dead - Directed by Peter Brook: From 27 November

Sydney Opera House proudly presents Peter Brook’s internationally acclaimed production of Sizwe Banzi is Dead in the Playhouse from 26 Nov-16 Dec.  Devised by one of the world’s greatest contemporary playwrights, South African Athol Fugard,  Sizwe Banzi Is Dead is a memorable play that attacked the injustice of apartheid.  More   

AART.BOXX 07: From 21 November

When art and disability meet, an expressive, emotionally-charged poignant message is generated. More 

Gilgamesh: From 15 November

The oldest story ever written, Gilgamesh, will be given a radical retelling when Uncle Semolina (& friends) stage a high-energy, brutal adaptation of this epic Sumerian tale. Set in a pit of dirt, a tyrannical ruler is plunged into crisis when he is forced to face his own mortality. More 

Honour Bound to open at the Barbican, London: From 14 November

Setting a new benchmark in physical theatre, Honour Bound commissioned by Sydney Opera House and Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne will play at the Barbican, London. More 

October Dave Holland Quintet: From 31 October

The Sydney Opera House presents one of the world’s leading jazz bassists - Dave Holland - with his celebrated Quintet at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Wednesday, 31 October. More 

Gala Flamenca: From 29 October

In an Australian premiere, the renowned group of Spanish dancers - Belén Maya Manuel Liñán, Olga Pericet, Marco Flores and Daniel Doña - will bring the mystery, passion and excitement of the timeless art of flamenco to Sydney in Gala Flamenca. More 

House:Ed 2008 Season launches: 29 October

Sydney Opera House today launched its most exciting youth and education program, House:Ed, in five years. A truly international affair, the 2008 season will feature 16 productions from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Scotland and Switzerland. More 

Kiki & Herb: The Year of Magical Drinking Tour: From 26 October

Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman have been delighting audiences around the globe for almost 20 years as Kiki & Herb. Following last year’s sell-out run at The Studio and a smash season on Broadway, New York's legendary cabaret terrorists return with a brand new show – catch them before they die… More 

Powderfinger: MAX Sessions takes over Sydney Harbour: 26 October

Some of the biggest names in Australian music will join Powderfinger next week as they perform live on the steps of the Sydney Opera House in a unique and iconic MAX Sessions: Powderfinger, Concert For The Cure in support of Breast Cancer Month, filmed exclusively for MAX. More 

Country Energy Proms On Tour: 15 October

Country Energy Proms on Tour hits the road for the second time in 2007, bringing the Sydney Opera House Proms Orchestra into the backyards of children across southern New South Wales. More 

Sydney Underground - A FBi music night: 13 October

The Studio will rip out its seating banks and once again transform itself into the coolest nightclub on the harbour, this time for a celebration of indie Sydney. Together with FBi 94.5FM, the Opera House venue continues to champion the musicians and artists that are the lifeblood of our live entertainment scene. More 

Harmonie Desastres - Meret & Ars Vitalis: From 11 October

Trying to describe acclaimed German performer Meret Becker is like making sense of a dream. A singer, storyteller and virtuoso of the singing saw, Meret and the trio Ars Vitalis will transform The Studio for two shows only with Harmonie DesastresMore 

The Eyes of Marege: From 5 October

The sights and sounds of Indigenous Australia and Indonesia will be brought to life in The Studio with a fusion of high-powered physical theatre, music, song and dance. Staged on a huge bamboo boat, The Eyes of Marege tells a traditional tale with a contemporary edge. More 

September Strange Kinoko Dance Company: From 25 September

Explore the bizarre world of Tokyo’s Strange Kinoko Dance Company with their super cute show not quite right. Notions of time, space and scale will be put to the test inside The Studio when artistic director Chie Ito brings the company to Sydney for the first time. More  

Jazz:NOW: From 19 September

Discover what’s hot and happening in today’s world of improvised and original music with the fourth series of Jazz:NOW concerts. The Studio once again plays home to the annual celebration of contemporary music with a stellar line-up of performers restlessly searching for new musical horizons. More 

Daniel Kitson's C-90: From 11 September

Sydney Opera House presents the Australian premiere of the critically-acclaimed and award winning story show, C-90, by renowned British comedian, Daniel Kitson from 11 – 30 September in the Playhouse. More   

August Imagine Toi: From 14 August

Last seen in Sydney as Eddy the Clown, star of Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco, Julien Cottereau performs a witty and original solo, Imagine Toi using his extraordinary skills that draw on theatrical traditions all the way back to Chaplin, Keaton, and even commedia del arte. More  

Camerata Porteña: 6 August

Direct from Buenos Aires legendary musicians Camerata Porteña, under the direction of Marcelo Rodriguez Scilla will perform one-night only in the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, on Monday 6 August. In this Australian premiere performance Camerata Porteña will pay homage to the most important and revered figure in the Tango’s history – composer Astor Piazzolla, and audience members will be invited to join the celebration and Tango with them. More   

Dance Double Bill - Future Tense: From 1 August

In a programme suggested to us by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sydney Opera House presents Future Tense - Pierre Rigal in Erection and Andre Gingras’ CYP17 a double bill of dynamic dance in the Playhouse from 1 – 12 August. More   

July Dr Egg and the Man With No Ear: From 25 July

After a man loses his ear in a freak accident with a snappy bull terrier, a mysterious scientist called Dr Egg offers to grow the man a new one. But there’s a catch: the doctor needs a piece of flesh from the man’s precious daughter. The man refuses to harm her, but his daughter finds her way to Dr Egg’s laboratory anyway. And instead of just an ear an entire new person grows… Now she’s bound to get an earful when her dad finds out. More   

Major Bang: or how I learned to stop worrying and love the dirty bomb: From 17 July

Sydney Opera House presents, one of New York’s most celebrated theatre companies, The Foundry Theatre with its latest hit, MAJOR BANG: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dirty Bomb, in the Playhouse from 17 - 29 July. More   

Take Two! From 17 July

This is a rare opportunity to see Judi Connelli and Suzanne Johnston at their topical, humorous, poignant and dramatic best…up close in intimate cabaret mode at Sydney Opera House. More 

Choir of Hard Knocks: From 15 July

Sydney Opera House is honoured to announce that the Choir of Hard Knocks, currently the subject of the inspirational and moving five-part series on ABC TV, will perform at the Concert Hall on Tuesday 17 July. All profits from the concert will go directly to keeping the choir singing. More   

Bob Downe!: From 13 July

After the big-theatre success of 'iBob' in 2005, Bob Downe is back where he belongs: up-close, in cabaret, singin' and swingin' a silky swathe and jazz, pop and show standards! In Live & Swingin', Bob is joined by a fabulous group of musicians led by Musical Director John Thorn, and featuring the lovely Pastel Vespa. More   

Dougal the Garbage Dump Bear: From 11 July

The Babies Proms series is one of Sydney Opera House’s longest running and most successful performance programs. Definitely the hottest ticket in town, Dougal the Garbage Dump Bear introduces two to five year olds to the joys of live music and storytelling through the magic of theatre. More   

June Caroline Nin - Hymne à Piaf: From 26 June

For the first time in Sydney, acclaimed Parisian chanteuse, Caroline Nin, performs the classic songs of the ‘Little Sparrow’, Edith Piaf, in The Studio at Sydney Opera House from 26 – 30 June. Born in Paris, Nin performs a tender hymn to Piaf as she takes us on a journey though her musical life and times. More   

A Porthole into the Minds of the Vanquished: From 21 June

Join two of Australia's wittiest, weirdest comedian/singer/songwriters, direct from the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, as they explore the fantastical playground between sleep & insomnia! More   

May Circus Oz... Under the world's greatest big top! From 26 May

Since crashing into existence three decades ago and turning everyone’s notions of circus upside down, Australia’s very own Circus Oz has spent the last two years wowing audiences across the globe. As a fitting salute to one of Australia’s greatest entertainment exports, this rambunctious troupe is finally being let loose on the stage of another great Australian entertainment icon: the Opera Theatre at Sydney Opera House. More     

Jim Woodring: From 25 May

Meet one of the most revolutionary artists to change the face of comic books as we know them. For the first time in Australia the creator of the comic books Frank and Jim, Jim Woodring, will appear in a specially crafted show at The Studio, Sydney Opera House. More  

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: From 22 May

Sydney Opera House is delighted to present one of the world’s renowned dance companies, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, performing their bold work, Wild Cursive, in the Opera Theatre for two performances only on 22 and 23 May. More   

Holding The Man: From 9 May

Following two sold-out seasons, one of the most audacious and applauded Australian plays of modern times, Holding the Man, returns with an extended season in the Playhouse at Sydney Opera House from 9–26 May. Nominated for four Sydney Theatre Awards, including Best Mainstage Production and Best New Australian Work, the original 2006 premiere season sold out in a remarkable seven days. More    

$5 Tickets for Disadvantaged Communities: 3 May

On Thursday 03 May, an audience of disadvantaged communities from Inner-City Sydney will attend a special performance of Tim Minchin’s So Rock at the cost of $5 per ticket - thanks to funding by a new initiative called the Balnaves Foundation Open House Program. More  

Tim Minchin - So Rock: From 1 May

Following his sell-out season at The Studio in 2006, multi-award winning musician-comedian Tim Minchin returns with his hilariously black, brilliant insightful, critically acclaimed new show So Rock, from 1 to 13 May. More  

April Emily Loves to Bounce: From 17 April

From the company that produced the sell-out season of Mr McGee and the Biting Flee comes Emily Loves to Bounce. Based on the illustrated books of Stephen Michael King, Patch Theatre Company has once again created a marvellous, visual and aural world exploring some of the thoughts and feelings common to four to eight year olds in The Playhouse from 17 April to 2 May. More  

March Gyan and Leuing - Billy and the Rabbit: From 30 March

In 2003, Aria Award winning singer/songwriter Gyan sent a ‘love letter’ of sorts to celebrated cartoonist Michael Leunig – a CD of songs inspired by his poems. The result was the exquisite Billy the Rabbit album and book. Now they are bringing their collaboration to the stage of Sydney Opera House for a strictly limited season of 4 shows. More  

Yummy In My Tummy: From 27 March

From tasty new songs and music about food, that take on the flavour of the country they are from, to Yummy, Yummy, Yummy I’ve Got Love in my Tummy, this scrumptious concert is bound to make little mouths hungry for more. More  

Glow: From 21 March

From 21 to 25 March, The Studio at Sydney Opera House together with Chunky Move present Glow, an illuminating choreographic work by Artistic Director Gideon Obarzanek and German real-time interactive software engineer Frieder Weiss. More   

February 10 Days on Earth: From 15 February

Sydney Opera House is delighted to present the internationally acclaimed Canadian theatre artist Ronnie Burkett and his extraordinary Theatre of Marionettes. For the first time, Sydneysiders will be able to experience the nimble artistry and fantasy making of this genius from 15 February – 3 March in the Playhouse. More   


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