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2010 Media Releases

2011 Kids at the House

 Sydney Opera House invites young hearts and minds on a wild ride in the Kids at the House 2011 Program. More  

December Charlie and Lola's Bestest Best Play

 This summer, everyone’s favourite brother and sister Charlie and Lola, bring their stage show to Sydney Opera House. More

December The Oprah Winfrey Show

Today, during her daily talk show broadcast from Chicago, Oprah Winfrey let her worldwide fan base know that her show is coming to the Sydney Opera House. More 

December Drag! XXXmas

The superstars of drag are back at Sydney Opera House for four glittering performances of yuletide joy in Drag! XXXmas. 9 - 12 Dec, The Studio.

November The Man Who Planted Trees

Come on a journey with a French shepherd and his wise-cracking dog as they set out to transform a barren wasteland into a thriving forest – and nothing is going to stop them!More

November My Stories, Your Emails

Ursula Martinez brings her first truly solo creation to the Sydney Opera House and invites audiences on a hilarious journey to meet the ordinary and extraordinary characters in her life – and her inbox. 24 Nov - 4 Dec, The Studio. More

November Berliner Philharmoniker

For the first time in Australia, the Berlin Philharmonic will perform four concerts at the Sydney Opera House on November 16, 17, 19 and 20.   More

November Ricketts Lane

Winner of the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Ricketts Lane stars Sammy J & Randy as two very different housemates with very different pasts. 11-20 November, The Studio. More

October Katie Noonan: Sumptuous

Five-time platinum songstress Katie Noonan will return to the Sydney Opera House to perform her deliciously over-the-top alternative pop at the grand piano for one show only in the Opera Theatre on Sunday, October 31.  More

October Open Day

Following on from the success of last year’s event, attended by more than 50,000 people, Sydney Opera House is once again throwing open our doors and inviting the people of New South Wales to see what happens behind the scenes at our free Open Day on Sunday 24 October.More 

October The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

  Two years after their sold-out Sydney Opera House debut, the exciting and innovative British theatre company 1927 returns to bewitch Australian audiences with the world premiere of another wickedly twisted tale. October 20-31, The Studio. More

October Brilliant Journeys

The sixth and final Screen Live performance for 2010 takes a left turn with Brilliant Journeys, an all-Australian line-up of art film makers and indie musicians. 17 Oct, The Studio. More

October Saltbush

In association with Minister for Housing the Hon. Frank Terenzini MP, Sydney Opera House is taking performing arts beyond Bennelong Point and touring Children’s Cheering Carpet - Saltbush to western Sydney in October.More

October Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Sydney Opera House today announced the return of Festival of Dangerous Ideas to once again stimulate conversation, provoke debate, excite and (hopefully) enrage audiences, October 2 & 3.  More

October Late Night Lounge

 The October Late Night Lounge line up includes 2010 Helpmann Award winner iOTA, LA’s Queen of ‘Salsoul’ Cecilia Noel and the purple puppet Randy, ably supported by Heath McIvor, with more acts – including stand-up comedy and burlesque - to be announced. 2 Oct, The Studio. More

September The Wizard of Oz

Australia’s queen of the boogie woogie piano Jan Preston will be joined by two musicians to perform a new score to Larry Semon’s 1925 version of The Wizard of Oz. September 19, Playhouse. More

September Josh Thomas: Surprise

  Stand-up comic Josh Thomas will present an honest and personal look at his first serious relationship in Surprise. 13 Sep - 2 Oct, Playhouse. More

September The Man in Black Returns

Following a sold-out national tour, Tex Perkins is back by popular demand to celebrate the life and times of Johnny Cash in The Man in Black. 10 & 11 September, Concert Hall. More

August Spring Dance 2010

After the sell-out success of last year’s inaugural program, Sydney Opera House and SONY are proud to present Spring Dance 2010 from 31 August to 26 September. More

August Babies Proms 2010

  The ever-popular Babies Proms series continues at Sydney Opera House with the return of the annual Music Book season from August 21 to 29 in The Studio. More 

August Joss Whedon

Sydney Opera House presents one of the world’s best-loved screenwriters and creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon in the Concert Hall on Sunday August 29. More  

August When His Watch Stopped

Sydney Opera House presents When His Watch Stopped by Korea’s world-renowned Sadari Theatre Company on Saturday 28 August, as part of Kids at the House.More

August Los Van Van

Los Van Van, the iconic and quintessential sound of Cuba, will ignite the Concert Hall with their hot fusion of Cuban rhythms for one show only on August 15. More

August Hansel & Gretel

Award-winning Danish theatre company, Gruppe 38 returns to Sydney Opera House to turn the classic story Hansel & Gretel upside down in the Playhouse from 14 - 15 August.   More.

August GRAPHIC closes

The inaugural GRAPHIC festival and online animation competition has been declared a huge success with more than 8000 people attending one of 16 ticketed shows and four free events at Sydney Opera House on August 7, 8 and 9.More

August GRAPHIC comp winner

  Dave Barton Thomas, a 44-year-old animation director from Canada has been left “numbly-stunned” after winning the $20,000 GRAPHIC online animation competition for his short-film Seven Year Twitch. More


Sydney Opera House has announced GRAPHIC, a brand new festival and online competition to celebrate the imagination and ideas of visionary creators in the fields of graphic storytelling, comics, animation and illustration to take place on August 7 & 8.  More

August Late Night Lounge

  The Late Night Lounge line up for August 7 in The Studio includes Jeff Duff, Tina Harrod, Claire Hooper, Steve Clisby and Adam Mada. More

August Little Big Shots

Australia’s biggest film festival for kids, Little Big Shotsreturns to The Playhouse at Sydney Opera House from August 7 – 8.   More 

August Songs from the Middle

2009 Helpmann Award winner Eddie Perfect will collaborate with The Brodsky Quartet and musicians from The Australian National Academy of Music to retrace his roots in Songs from the Middle. 1 August, Drama Theatre. More

July Tim Rogers: Saligia

  You Am I front man Tim Rogers will present the darkest and perhaps most dangerous House Cabaret season up close and personal in The Studio from July 28-31. More

July Stephen Fry

  In an exclusive engagement, Sydney Opera House presents British author, raconteur, social commentator, Stephen Fry for one night only, Tuesday 27 July.  More

July Perry Keyes and Friends

  The third instalment of the And Friends series for 2010 will feature Perry Keyes joined by Tim Freedman, Bernie Hayes, LJ Hill, Dave McCormack and Bek-Jean Stewart. July 24 & 25, The Studio. More

July He Drank Too Many Cigarettes

  Songstress Fiona Thorn and a five-piece band will perform tracks from Serge Gainsbourg’s songbook in He Drank Too Many Cigarettes on 16 & 17 July, The Studio. More

July My Mutation

Sydney Opera House, in collaboration with YouTube, has launched the online dance competition My Mutation which will run from 12 July to 14 September.  More

July Dick & Christa Hughes: Speakeasy Sundays

Father-daughter jazz duo Dick and Christa Hughes will party like it’s 1929 when they launch Speakeasy Sundays next month with an all-star line-up of jazz greats. 11 & 18 July, The Studio. More

July Late Night Lounge extended

The uber-cool after-hours club Late Night Lounge has proved so popular with punters that the monthly series has been extended until December. More

July Elana Stone and Friends

Elana Stone will be joined by special guests Brian Campeau, members of Bluejuice, Laura Jean and Ngaiire in the second And Friends series for 2010. July 9, The Studio. More

July Trevor Ashley: I'm Every Woman

  Dean Bryant will direct uber-legend Trevor Ashley in the world premiere of the divinely decadent drag diva degustation experience, I’m Every Woman, as part of House Cabaret.  The Studio, July 7-10. More

July Clare Bowditch and Friends

Bringing a unique and rare show to the House Cabaret season, Clare Bowditch will be the first in the And Friends series for 2010. The Studio, July 2-4. More

July Hofesh Shechter

One of the UK's most exciting and inventive new dance ensembles, Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, presents their latest work Political Mother exclusively at Sydney Opera House from July 1 to 4. More

July GRAPHIC Finalists

Sydney Opera House has announced the 10 short-listed finalists in the $20,000 GRAPHIC online animation competition. More

June Screen Live events announced

Three very different events combining film with live music will feature in the second Screen Live series for 2010 that goes on sale today.More  

June Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen

Devilishly handsome, musically brilliant and audaciously entertaining, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen will make their Sydney Opera House debut with the award-winning Dead Men Tell A Thousand Tales. The Studio, June 17-19. More

June Hugh Sheridan: Newley Discovered

One of Australia’s most charismatic young talents, Hugh Sheridan, will make his Sydney Opera House debut with a musical tribute to the showbiz legend Anthony Newley. Playhouse, June 16-20. More

June House Cabaret

  Edgy and twisted, House Cabaret will be an ongoing series of inspiring and diverse experiences that will take audiences on a journey of discovery from old school to new cool. More

June Circa

Poetic, sensual, sexy and dangerous. Circa, is a new kind of circus. Presenting their self-titled smash hit from the 2009 Edinburgh Festival. 8 - 13 June. More

May Vivid LIVE Third On-Sale

Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera Housecurators Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed today announced a series of free and ticketed events that make up this year’s festival, set to take place from May 27 to June 11. More

May Vivid LIVE Second On-Sale

Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House curators Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed today announced a second round of acts that will make up this year’s festival, set to take place from May 27 to June 11. More

May Akram Khan

   Akram Khan returns to Sydney Opera House in a new solo work, Gnosis. Inspired by the Indian epic, The Mahabharta, Khan showcases his extraordinary technique and musicality in a fusion of  classical Indian Kathak and contemporary dance. 26 + 27 May.   More

May Mike Daisey

  In a razor-sharp, witty social commentary, US master of monologue, Mike Daisey uses the worship of cargo cults as a metaphor for the global economy. 18 - 23 May.   More

May Late Night Lounge

Sydney Opera House has heard the call and created Late Night Lounge - a signature series for those punters looking for a cool after-hours destination.  The next Lounge is May 15. More

May Message Sticks

  Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival returns to Sydney Opera House from 6 – 8 May 2010 for three days of free films screenings, showcasing the best of Indigenous cinema in Australia and around the world.  More

April Good Morning Mr Gershwin

Weaving together hip-hop, tap and broadway jazz French dance company, Compagnie Montalvo-Hervieu, pay homage to the well-loved tunes of George Gershwin.  More 

March Vivid LIVE On-Sale

Giving a tantalising taste of Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed’s Vivid LIVE program, Sydney Opera House today announced some of the projects that will make up this year’s festival, set to take place from May 27 to June 11.   More

March Glow

Welcome to the world and imagination of GLOW - a shy guy with a dreary job who can't get a job. See a cartoon world catapulted onto the stage in this mind blowing theatrical event that combines animation and cinematic effects in a humorous show for all the family. More 

March Vivid LIVE 2010

  NSW Premier the Hon. Kristina Keneally today announced that Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed would curate Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House from May 27 to June 11, as part of Vivid Sydney.  More   

March Bela Fleck

New York City native Béla Fleck is considered the premier banjo player in the world, making a name for himself as a prodigious, virtuoso instrumentalist unbounded by genre.   More

March Mother India Remixed

Following a hugely successful sell out UK tour last year, Mother India: 21st Century Remix (MI21) will kick off Sydney Opera House's new cinema series Screen Live on Sunday, March 7.  More

March Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer, the undisputed queen of punk cabaret, will perform for one night only in the Opera Theatre at Sydney Opera House on Sunday, March 7. More

March Babies Proms: Jack

Join our cheeky and mischievous Jack (Ian Stenlake) as he gets into all sorts of trouble with a very big beanstalk in our first Babies Prom for 2010. March 6 - 14, The Studio. More

March Full Swing Jazz Series

Sydney Opera House presents it's new Jazz series, Full Swing. Showcasing the diversity and range of some of the best jazz artists performing today. March 3 - May 3, Concert Hall. More

March Meow to the World: Crisis is Born

Laugh in the face of ongoing economic cat-astrophe as our favourite feline returns to stalk The Studio stage once more, with her provocative brand of postmodern performance. Following four-sold out shows in July last year, the indomitable Meow Meow returns to the Sydney Opera House for a strictly limited season from March 2 to 14.  More

March John Waters - This Filthy World

America's royal raconteur John Waters will make his Sydney debut this Mardi Gras with his rapid-fire one-man show, This Filthy World. March 2, Concert Hall. More

February 2010 Adventures Series

Sydney Opera House unveils the 2010 Adventure series of theatre, dance, music and circus. Featuring renowned artists and companies such as Sir Ian McKellen, Akram Khan, John Waters and Improbable Theatre. More

February Frisky & Mannish: School of Pop

It’s Sydney’s turn to be educated with Frisky & Mannish, the purveyors of twisted pop cabaret, set to make their Australian debut this Mardi Gras with the hilarious School of Pop. Feb 22 - Mar 7, The Studio.  More 

February Lady Carol: All Alone, Together

Sydney will be seduced by the husky tones of Lady Carol when she brings her five-star award-winning show, All Alone, Together, to the Sydney Opera House for five shows only. February 17 - 21, The Studio. More

February The Man in Black

  Tex Perkins, deadset rock god and one of Australia’s most electrifying front men will walk the Johnny Cash line bringing the hard-living country legend to life in The Man in Black. Playhouse, February 9 to 21. More

February Sydney Opera House Talks

Sydney Opera House presents three renowned authors and speakers; 5 Feb - Alexander McCall Smith; 7 Mar - Prof A C Grayling and Richard Dawkins.  More

February An Evening with Marianne Faithfull

  Sixties rock survivor Marianne Faithfull will make her solo Sydney Opera House debut in a rare concert on February 3 as part of Adventures 2010. More

January Antony and the Johnsons

Mercury prize winner, New York singer-songwriter, Antony and the Johnsons performing their ethereal and visually spellbinding 'symphony tour for two shows only, 31 January + 1 February, Concert Hall. More

January Joanna Newsom

After beguiling audiences with the Sydney Symphony two years ago, California-based harp virtuoso Joanna Newsom will make her much anticipated return to the Sydney Opera House on January 18, 2010. More

January Philip Escoffey: Six Impossible Things Before Dinner

One of Britain's leading mind readers, Philip Escoffey, challenges audience beliefs by performing six seemingly impossible feats of prediction and guesswork. More

January Bale de Rua

  With a pulsating mix of African dance, hip-hop, samba and capoeira, Brazil’s Balé de Rua will send temperatures soaring when they storm the Sydney Opera House for just 11 shows this summer. 8 - 17 January, Concert Hall. More

January Tom Tom Crew

Direct from a three-week European tour and debut Broadway season, the Tom Tom Crew will explode into action in the Sydney Opera House Playhouse for a limited season from January 6. More

January Andrew Bird

  Performing songs from his back catalogue and hailed 2009 release Noble Beast, Andrew Bird will make his Sydney Opera House debut with full band in the Concert Hall on Sunday, January 3. More

January Moby

Sydney Opera House and the Frontier Touring Company are pleased to confirm headline performances for Moby this January. Venturing Down Under to ring in the New Year, Moby will perform a one-off headline performances in Sydney on Monday 4 January 2010. More

January Summer at the House

  From music and comedy to theatre and dance, Sydney Opera House will send temperatures soaring this summer with some of the best local and international entertainment on offer. More

January Kids at the House 2010

Sydney Opera House continues to expand its ongoing commitment to young audiences with the release of Kids at the House 2010. More

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