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Event Media Releases 2012

2012 Event Media Releases

1 November The Art of Dr. Seuss Retrospective and International Touring Exhibition

The wildly imaginative and whimsical world of Seussville will be brought to life in the Western Foyers with a special free retrospective exhibition of Dr. Seuss artworks, exclusively as part of GRAPHIC Festival from November 2-11.More

29 October Relive Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2012 online

Sydney Opera House today announced that all talks from Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2012 are available to stream, free from the Sydney Opera House website. More.

15 October The Cat in the Hat

With mischievous humour and madcap style, The Cat in the Hat introduces his new friends to a crazy afternoon. More

12 October Noel Fielding solo shows

Noel Fielding will bring his trademark brand of psychedelic humour to the small stage in two intimate performances as he warms-up for his sold-out Melbourne season. More

2 October First Aid Kit

Following a recent sell-out Australian tour, First Aid Kit will bring their magnificent folk-pop to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. More

2 October The Palin Years: From Monty Python to Brazil

Monty Python veteran and travel addict Michael Palin shares his stories from across the world on November 10 for Ideas at the House. More


Charlie Pickering, Judith Lucy, Rich Fulcher and more join the line up for Just for Laughs at Sydney Opera House. More

18 September Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

As part of the much anticipated Summer at the House season, the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall will play host to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular. Fans will encounter the series’ most fearsome monsters against the backdrop of Murray Gold’s score performed by the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and a 60-strong choir. More

17 September Trevor Ashley's 'trAnnie'

Prepare for an uproarious Christmas when Sydney Opera House presents 'trAnnie', an adults-only panto from the writing team of Phil Scott and Trevor Ashley. trAnnie will premiere at the Studio, Sydney Opera House playing an exclusive season from 5 to 23 December 2012. More

11 September GRAPHIC 2012 Program revealed

Sydney Opera House today announced their program for the third annual GRAPHIC festival, a weekend of graphic storytelling, illustration, comics, animation and music on November 10 and 11. More

27 August Spiritualized

Spiritualized return to Sydney Opera House to play the Concert Hall on Sunday 2 December, performing songs from their latest album, Sweet Heart, Sweet Light. More

20 August Aziz Ansari Joins Just for Laughs

Sydney Opera House today announced another exciting addition to the Just for Laughs 2012 line up. Superstar comedian Aziz Ansari will open the festival on 12 October with his solo stand up show Buried Alive in the Concert Hall. More

16 August Just for Laughs 2012

Just for Laughs, will return to Sydney Opera House in October for its second Australian season. The program, curated for local audiences, will feature a stellar line up of international and Australian comedians, bringing more artists to more venues across the House in a series of star-studded galas, solo shows and comedy club nights. More

7 August Planet Earth in Concert / The Blue Planet in Concert

This October Sydney Opera House and BBC Earth will present the Australian premieres of two spectacular film events: Planet Earth in Concert and The Blue Planet in Concert. More

30 July Festival of Dangerous Ideas

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is more dangerous than ever, bringing important questions to light as a catalyst for sharp debate and vibrant discussion.  Traversing a broad terrain, the festival features a host of international and local speakers. More 

24 June Scissor Sisters

New York glam-queens the Scissor Sisters will bring their infectious dance floor anthems to Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Sunday 27 September. More

20 June Macy Gray

 In a special one-off concert, Grammy award-winning neo-soul singer, Macy Gray will play the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House on Sunday 16 September. More

19 June John Ralston Saul

Sydney Opera House will present award winning Canadian author John Ralston Saul in the Concert Hall on Sunday 26 August to discuss the current state of the world – It’s Broke: How can we fix it?More

19 June Nitin Sawney

Sydney Opera House presents An Evening with Nitin Sawney, a special, one-off concert showcasing the career of one of the world’s most influential composers and performers, in the Concert Hall on Tuesday 4 September. More

19 June Deborah Voight Cancels

Acclaimed soprano Angela Denoke engaged to step in for concert with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & new chief conductor Sir Andrew Davis. More

18 June Simon Callow

In the bicentenary year of Charles Dickens’ birth, Sydney Opera House will pay homage to one of the greatest writers of the English language with a talk by Simon Callow CBE. More

12 June School of Life

For the first time ever in Australia, London’s The School of Life comes to Sydney Opera House on Sunday 15 July.More

12 June National Geographic Live

For the first time in the southern hemisphere, Sydney Opera House and Sundance Company present National Geographic Live, in association with National Geographic Channel.More

5 June Spring Dance

Sydney Opera House today unveiled a vibrant and eclectic program for Spring Dance 2012 – Australia’s only international festival of contemporary dance – curated by Rafael Bonachela.More

24 May More Fun Than A Wii

More Fun Than a Wii is a playful, naughty, fun and 'Goon-like' comedy for children and families. More

23 May Vivid LIVE Streams

Sydney Opera House, in partnership with Google, will stream selected performances on a dedicated YouTube channel during Vivid LIVE. More

23 May Coranderrk

Sydney Opera House and ILBIJERRI Theatre Company will present CORANDERRK: We Will Show the Country  and a series of accompanying debates and discussions from 28 June – 1st July. More

2 May Vivid LIVE Studio Parties

Sydney Opera House today announced the full line-ups for the Vivid LIVE Parties, to be held in The Studio and presented by local music industry promoters and labels during the 10-day Vivid LIVE festival. More

23 April Babies Proms: Music for Tutus & Sydney Symphony Family Classics

There’s something for all ages at Sydney Opera House in May, with two seasons that are designed to introduce children to the magical world of music. More

16 April Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & Sufjan Stevens

Due to popular demand, a third and final concert of Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens’ Planetarium has been added for Vivid LIVE on Tuesday 29 May. More

12 April Susan Graham

Sydney Opera House is delighted to present a special one-off intimate performance by “America’s favourite mezzo” (Gramophone) Susan Graham. More

3 April Michael Pollan

American bestselling author and journalist Michael Pollan will make his Sydney Opera House debut this July. More

15 March Vivid LIVE 2012

Sydney Opera House has announced the program for Vivid LIVE 2012.More

8 March Escape From Peligro Island

The Studio at Sydney Opera House will be transformed into a hazardous mysterious island this April school holidays for Escape From Peligro Island. More

1 March Babies Proms: The Four Seasons

Sydney Opera House presents The Four Seasons, the first Babies Proms performance of 2012 that will introduce toddlers to the excitement of live performance. More

29 February Vivid LIVE 2012

Sydney Opera House today announced a new Festival Director for Vivid LIVE, its 10-day celebration of ambitious popular music within the city’s annual Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas running from 25 May to 11 June 2012.

23 February Rafael Bonachela

Esteemed choreographer and Sydney Dance Company Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela will curate Spring Dance - Australia’s only annual international festival of contemporary dance - for three years starting in 2012. More

15 February Deborah Voigt

The world’s pre-eminent dramatic soprano Deborah Voigtmakes her Australian debut in June, singing the music which has taken her to the highest levels of opera stardom. More

15 February The Composers: Steve Reich In Residence

In April 2012, Sydney Opera House will stage The Composers: Steve Reich in Residence - an ambitious program that will celebrate the work of one of the most original composers of our time. More

15 February An Evening With Richard Dawkins

The world's preeminent atheist, scientist and bestselling author, Richard Dawkins, returns to Sydney Opera House this April. More

8 February La Soirée: Final Season Extension

Due to overwhelming demand, Sydney Opera House has announced a second and final season extension for La Soirée until March 11. More

8 February This Is Our Youth

Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Emily Barclay will bring a piece of New York City to the Sydney Opera House stage this autumn, with Kenneth Lonergan’s seminal play This is Our Youth – a darkly funny play about coming of age in New York in the 80s. More

6 February Message Sticks

Message Sticks returns to Sydney Opera House from 27th March – 1st April 2012 for a festival of music, talks, dance, story-telling, exhibitions and film screenings, showcasing the best of Indigenous film, music and performing arts in Australia. More    

24 January Angelique Kidjo

One of the greatest forces in African music Angelique Kidjo returns to Sydney Opera House along with the multi-Grammy Award-winning American blues singer/guitarist and songwriter, Keb’ Mo’ in his first Australian tour with full band.More

23 January The Necks

One of the great cult bands of Australia, The Necks, will play the Opera Theatre at Sydney Opera House on Monday 18 March.  More 

20 January La Soirée: Season Extended

Sydney Opera House has announced a two week extension for La Soirée. The hit show will now run until Sunday 26 February in The Studio at Sydney Opera House. More

12 January The Sixteen

London based choir and orchestra ensemble The Sixteen will perform at Sydney Opera House on Monday 27 February. More

12 January Utzon Music Series 2012

In 2012, Sunday afternoons will be transformed as the House hosts some of the world's finest classical musicians as part of the Utzon Music Series. More 

8 December Seasons Extended: Angelina Ballerina & Hairy Maclary

Due to popular demand, the season for both Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition and Hairy Maclary and Friends at Sydney Opera House has been extended. More

8 December Kids at the House 2012

Sydney Opera House today announced the 2012 Kids at the House season, a year-long program of theatre, music, multi-media, dance and creative play for children aged 2 – 15 years.More

5 December Two more acts join The Illusionists

Sydney Opera House has announced two more acts – a mind-reader and an escapologist – to join the already stellar line up of the 2012 ‘Summer at the House’ headline show The Illusionists. More 

24 November Laura Marling

With a reputation for pin-drop live performances, the Concert Hall will make the perfect setting for Laura and band to debut songs from her most ambitious album yet, 2011's critically acclaimed A Creature I Don't Know.More

24 November Dirty Three

Australian rock stalwarts, Dirty Three will play Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Wednesday 21 March. More

22 November Big Summer Sleepover

Summer just got a little more exciting with the Big Summer Sleepover – a special invitation from Sydney Opera House for families from NSW and around the country to sleep beneath the world famous sails on Thursday January 19 and Friday January 20, 2012.More

15 November Celebrity Autobiography

Joining Sydney Opera House’s packed Summer at the House program, will be Celebrity Autobiography – the international smash-hit comedy where the unintentionally hilarious real-life stories of the A-list are presented verbatim, live on stage by a rotating, ensemble cast of local stars. More

14 November Circa

 Brisbane-based performers Circa return to the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre this January with a bold new vision of contemporary circus. In this exquisite cabaret of the senses, seven performers of unbelievable ability bend the very fabric of reality. More

7 November Alain de Botton: Religion For Atheists

The world's most popular philosopher returns to the Sydney Opera House to talk religion. And it's religion with a twist in Alain de Botton's new book; Religion for Atheists. More

7 November Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

One of America’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Will Oldham AKA Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy will play Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on 5 March. More 

3 November Erykah Badu

In her first ever headline Australian tour, get set to be blown away by the extra-ordinary Queen of Neo-Soul, Grammy Award winning artist, Erykah Badu with 10-piece band.More

25 October The Illusionists

Headlining this year’s sizzling ‘Summer at the House’ season, will be the world premiere of The Illusionists – a grand and spectacular celebration of the art of magic by the most innovative illusionists working today. More 

11 October La Soirée

La Soirée takes over The Studio from 6 January.  Outrageous, sexy and hilarious, La Soirée is an ever-changing feast of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary vaudeville acts. More

4 October Beirut

Beirut will bring their world-weary indie-folk to Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Thursday 5 January. More

4 October Fleet Foxes

Seattle’s Fleet Foxes will play Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on January 2 and 3 in what will surely be an early contender for gig of the year.  More

4 October Bon Iver

Bon Iver will play three nights at Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on 11, 12 and 13 March, 2012, returning to Australian shores to celebrate the release of Bon Iver, Bon Iver, their highly-acclaimed, second full-length record, out now via Jagjaguwar / Inertia. More

25 August David Sedaris

 NPR Humorist and Best-selling Author David Sedaris performs live in the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House on Monday 16 January. More

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