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2013 Event Media Releases

16 December Grizzly Bear Live YouTube Stream

In what promises to be one of Sydney’s finest performances this summer, sonic architects Grizzly Bear will have their Opera House debut streamed live around the globe, from Sydney Opera House's exclusive YouTube channel Live at the House, on Sunday 5 January, 2014, at 9pm AEDT. More

10 December The Necks

Internationally acclaimed, Australian trio The Necks will make their return to the Opera House stage, armed with their jazz-like improvisations and their 17th studio album – the critically acclaimed, simmering opus Open, on Monday 3 March, 2014. More

9 December Buddy Guy and band with special guest Charlie Musselwhite and band

Rock 'n' Roll Hall-of-famer and six-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy, will make his Opera House debut with full band, on one of his final Australian tours on Saturday 19 April, 2014. Armed with harp-wielding heavyweight, Charlie Musselwhite and band as opening act – these performances by two legendary musicians will see the Concert Hall transformed into an unmissable blues extravaganza. More

3 December Ludovico Einaudi - In a Time Lapse

Fresh from his sold-out performance closing GRAPHIC Festival, record breaking Italian maestro Ludovico Einaudi will make a whirlwhind return to the Opera House stage performing alongside his six-piece band, on Sunday 9 February 2014. More

3 December The Jerusalem Project

For Easter 2014 Sydney Opera House will host early music pioneer Jordi Savall’s ambitious work, The Jerusalem Project, a musical journey through 2,000 years of music that has connected Jews, Christians, and Muslims to the spiritual capital, featuring La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI in their Opera House debut. More

22 November Neil Finn second show announced

Due to an overwhelming response at pre-sale, the Opera House today announced legendary singer-songwriter and Crowded House front man Neil Finn, will play a second and final performance on Friday 21 March, 2014. Tickets are now on sale. More

21 November Utzon Music Series 2014

The Sydney Opera House today unveiled the program for the tenth Utzon Music Series, a year-long program of recitals from renowned ensembles and soloists presented on Sunday afternoons in the intimate setting of the Utzon Room. More

21 November Chic featuring Nile Rodgers Live YouTube Stream

The Opera House today announced the nearly sold-out performance from legendary disco and R’n’B hit-makers CHIC, featuring the highly influential guitarist, writer and producer Nile Rodgers, will be streamed live around the world on Sydney Opera House's exclusive YouTube channel Live at the House, on Saturday 7 December. More

15 November Four Thought: Your Brain and the Future

As part of the Ideas at the House program, four leading thinkers from neuroscience, philosophy and psychology will appear live in the Concert Hall on Sunday 9 March, to explore how we can shape our future by expanding our imagination and creativity. More

12 November Neil Finn and Architects of Air join the Opera House's summer playground

A massive walk-through art installation on the Forecourt by Architects of Air and an unmissable performance by music legend Neil Finn are part of the Opera House’s Summer at the House line-up, the full calendar for which was announced today. More

12 November Architects of Air

Architects of Air return to the Sydney Opera House forecourt with their new inflatable walk-in sculpture, EXXOPOLIS in January 2014. More

12 November Neil Finn - Dizzy Heights Tour

Armed with his era-defining songbook, full band and his first solo album in a decade, legendary singer-songwriter and Crowded House front man Neil Finn, will make his return to the Sydney Opera House stage on Saturday 22 March, 2014, as one of the headlining acts of this year’s Summer at the House program. More

11 November John Waters: This Filthy World Vol. 2

John Waters returns to the Sydney Opera House on Sunday 9 March as part of Ideas at the House with his rapid-fire one man show filled with a unique brand of outrageous insight and candid wit that has earned him the moniker “The Pope of Trash" from William S. Burroughs. More

8 November Flying Lotus 'Layer 3'

Hailed as the 'Hendrix of his generation' for his cosmic tapestry of rave-ready beats and body-rupturing bass, visionary avant-electronic artist and producer Flying Lotus will make his standalone Sydney Opera House debut with Layer 3, his spectacular live audiovisual show on Sunday 9 March, 2014. More

6 November Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi will speak at the Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall on 27th of November, in her first official visit to Australia.  This will be a rare opportunity to hear from one of the most significant political figures and activists of our time. More 

5 November Kids at the House 2014

Sydney Opera House today announced the 2013 Kids at the House season, a year-long program of theatre, music, puppetry, dance and creative play for children aged 2 – 15 years. More

4 November Bonobo second show

Having sold out his first Concert Hall performance in a matter of weeks, Sydney Opera House today announced Ninja Tune's critically acclaimed electronic wizard Bonobo will perform a second and final show that same night, Monday 6 January 2014. More

1 November La Soirée 2014 cast announced

 La Soirée and Sydney Opera House are pleased to unveil the line-up of international stars who will surprise and delight Sydney audiences this summer. More

1 November Neko Case

Armed with full band and the heartbreaking beauty of her critically acclaimed new album, Neko Case will make her long-awaited Concert Hall debut on Monday 3 March, 2014. More

29 October Yo La Tengo

American indie-rock royalty Yo La Tengo will make their Sydney Opera House debut in a special two-part performance, Quiet & Loud - an evening celebrating the soft and the searing. More

22 October Summer at the House 2014

From December 2013, Sydney Opera House will become Sydney's favourite summer playground. More

15 October Alan Rusbridger: Phone Hacking Was Just the Beginning

On November 13, Editor of The Guardian Alan Rusbridger will join Annabel Crabb in conversation as part of Sydney Opera House’s Ideas at the House program. More

8 October Bonobo

Ninja Tune's critically acclaimed electronic wizard Bonobo finally makes his Sydney Opera House debut on Monday 6 January 2014. More

1 October Grizzly Bear

New York indie-rock trailblazers, Grizzly Bear will embark on a decade-long journey of their harmony-hued epics and heavy-hearted ballads with their Sydney Opera House debut, Sunday 5 January 2014. More

30 September The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Swirling, colourful paints and a classic tale combine when The Steadfast Tin Soldier comes to the Sydney Opera House for two days only on 9 and 10 November. More

24 September Circus Under My Bed

Youthful energy and the magic of circus combine this summer in Circus Under My Bed, from 14-25 January 2014. More

19 September Corroboree Sydney at the Opera House

Sydney Opera House welcomes Corroboree Sydney, a new national festival for all Australians that celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. More

17 September Iron & Wine

Critically acclaimed American singer/songwriter Samuel Beam, aka Iron & Wine will make his long awaited Sydney Opera House debut, in a rare full-band performance in the Concert Hall on Wednesday 23 April, 2014. More

17 September The Illusionists 2.0

The international smash-hit that tested the boundaries of magic returns with a brand new line-up. The Illusionists 2.0 will sweep Australia this summer, set the stage alight in Adelaide, materialise in Sydney and appear in a puff of smoke in Brisbane. More

9 September The 13-Storey Treehouse - Return Season

Due to overwhelming demand, The 13-Storey Treehouse will return to Sydney Opera House for the summer school holidays, 28 December 2013 - 25 January 2014 . More

4 September The National second show announced

Due to overwhelming demand, Sydney Opera House today announced The National will perform a second and final show on the Forecourt, on Friday 7 February. More

2 September La Soirée

La Soirée will take over the Studio from January 7 and showcase the finest cabaret, burlesque and circus that has delighted audiences around the world. More

27 August Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2013

From 2-4 November Sydney Opera House will present the fifth annual Festival of Dangerous Ideas. More

26 August The National

Indie rock luminaries The National have been announced as the first contemporary music act to perform on the reopened Sydney Opera House Forecourt on Saturday 8 February 2014. More

20 August Just for Laughs 2013 Announcement Media Release

Just for Laughs at Sydney Opera House returns in 2013. Line up just announced! More

13 August The War On Whistleblowers and their Publishers: Manning, Snowden and Assange

US journalist and activist Alexa O'Brien and Australian commentator Robert Manne will be joined by video conference with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald in a must-see panel discussion at Sydney Opera House on the 16th of September as part of Ideas at the House. More

12 August The 13-Storey Treehouse

The 13-Storey Treehouse will turn Sydney Opera House upside down next school holidays when a world of 3D machines, monster mermaids and, most worryingly, late homework comes to life. More

8 August Wallace & Gromit's Musical Marvels

Wallace & Gromit will join the Sydney International Orchestra at Sydney Opera House on 29 December. More

30 July GRAPHIC 2013 program announced

Sydney Opera House today announced their program for the fourth annual GRAPHIC Festival, four days of graphic storytelling, illustration, comics, animation and music which will take place from Friday 4 - Monday 7, during the October long weekend. More

29 July Peter & the Wolf

Oscar-winning animation; a live orchestra; a classic tale and Rhys Muldoon as your host. Peter & the Wolf comes to Sydney Opera House for one day only on 24 August. More

24 July Babies Proms: Ole!

Guitar and percussion will fill Sydney Opera House's Studio next month when Babies Proms: Ole!  takes children on a journey through Spain and Latin America. Join the fiesta from 7 - 18 August and experience the joy of creating and engaging with live music. More

23 July In Conversation with Yoko Ono: War Is Over! (if you want)

Yoko Ono will appear on stage for the first time in Australia at the Sydney Opera House this November in conversation with MCA Chief Curator, Rachel Kent. More

17 July CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers

Legendary disco and R’n’B hit-makers CHIC, featuring celebrated ringleader and producer extraordinaire Nile Rodgers make their Opera House debut, on Saturday 7 December. More

16 July Sex and the Citadel - Shereen El Feki

Author, broadcaster and academic, Shereen El Feki, will appear at Sydney Opera House on Monday 2nd September to discuss intimate life in a changing Arab world. More

10 July Little Big Shots

Australia’s only film festival especially for kids, Little Big Shots, returns to Sydney Opera House from 2nd August. More

10 July Tavi's Big Big World (at 17)

Tavi Gevinson’s Australian debut appearance will take place at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Sunday 18th August as part of Ideas at the House and in collaboration with Melbourne Writers Festival. More

4 July An Evening with David Sedaris: second show announced

Due to extremely high demand in the pre-sale, David Sedaris will present a second and final show at Sydney Opera House on Sunday 19 January, 2014. More

24 June An Evening with David Sedaris

Author David Sedaris, internationally known for his sardonic wit, insightful commentary and wicked satire, will be spending the summer Down Under for an appearance at the Opera House as part of Ideas at the House. More

21 June Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin and Emmy award-winning actor Peter Dinklage will take to the stage of the Opera House this November in a must-see event for any Game of Thrones fan. More

12 June Ute Lemper

Charismatic German chanteuse Ute Lemper, returns to Sydney Opera House Concert Hall to perform songs from her much-loved cabaret repertoire from a career spanning Berlin to Broadway. More

29 May July School Holidays at Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House continues to be an ideal playground for families this Winter School Holidays with three exciting new shows and free creative play activities from 29 June - 14 July. More

21 May iTMOi (in the mind of igor)

Sydney Opera House will present the Australian premiere of world-renowned British choreographer Akram Khan’s new full length work, iTMOi (in the mind of igor) in the Drama Theatre this August. More

14 May National Geographic Live

National Geographic Live returns to the Sydney Opera House on the 21st July and 25th August with epic tales of adventure from the most remote corners of the planet. More

13 May James Blake: second show announced

Due to extremely high demand in the pre-sale James Blake will present a second and final show at Sydney Opera House on Monday 29 July. More

6 May James Blake

Mercury award-nominated electronic wunderkind James Blake will follow up his Splendour in the Grass appearances with a full length show at Sydney Opera House for one night only on 30th July as part of Music at the House. More

30 April Giggle and Hoot and Friends

Jimmy Giggle, Hoot the Owl and their best owl pal Hootabelle are heading to Sydney Opera House 4-7 July for their first ever Giggle-liscious live stage spectacular. More

29 April Driving Into Walls

West Australia’s Barking Gecko Theatre Company bring their confronting play Driving Into Walls to Sydney Opera House in June. More

26 April Vivid LIVE 2013 Studio Parties

Gathering the finest collectives, selectors and underground heroes of Sydney nightlife, Vivid LIVE has invited Future Classic, GoodGod Danceteria!, Astral People and Club Kooky to transform the Opera House's Studio and Western Foyers, each weekend of Vivid LIVE. More

23 April Babies Proms: Swing Baby, Swing!

From May 8-18, famed song and dance man Wayne Scott Kermond will tap, jive, and soft-shoe shuffle this way through an introduction to the rhythms of the 1930's and 40's in Babies Proms: Swing Baby Swing at Sydney Opera House. More

9 April Martha Wainwright

Sydney Opera House in association with Gaynor Crawford Presents are delighted to announce that Martha Wainwright will return to the Concert Hall stage on Thursday 6 June as part of Music at the House. More

21 March Vivid LIVE 2013

From May 24 – June 2, Sydney Opera House will welcome some of the most ambitious and innovative local and international artists for Vivid LIVE a ten-day celebration of music on the nation's most famous stages. More

12 March April School Holidays

There is no better place for families these April school holidays than Sydney Opera House, with two new theatre shows, free creative play activities and a special tour of the House designed just for kids. More

7 March The Listies in 6D

Kids comedy duo, The Listies return to Sydney for School holidays at Sydney Opera House with a brand new show about the movies – The Listies in 6D. More

5 March Room on the Broom

The witch and her animal friends will fly into Sydney Opera House this April school holidays when much loved children’s book Room on the Broom is brought to life on stage. More 

20 February Kraftwerk to perform THE CATALOGUE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (3D Shows) for Vivid LIVE

German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk will perform the Australian premiere of their groundbreaking master works in 3D Kraftwerk - The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 in an exclusive engagement for Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House from May 24 - 27. More

20 February The Drones

One of Australia’s greatest rock bands The Drones, will make their Opera House debut headline appearance with an unmissable Concert Hall performance on Saturday 27 April, as part of Music at the House. More

19 February Second show for Tegan & Sara announced on Friday April 26

Due to an overwhelming demand, Sydney Opera House today announced Canadian twins Tegan and Sara will perform a second and final show in the Concert Hall on Friday 26 April. More

14 February All About Women

All About Women will be a day of discussion and debate with major international guests discussing everything from parenting and sex to the state of the world. More

6 February Babies Proms: Meeting Mozart

The much loved concert series Babies Proms returns to Sydney Opera House from 5 - 17 March. More

6 February Tegan and Sara

Canadian indie-pop twins Tegan and Sara will make their long awaited Concert Hall debut, 25 April. More

5 February Nederlands Dans Theater

Sydney Opera House and Etihad Airways will present an exclusive season of dance by Nederlands Dans Theater in June 2013. More

30 January Message Sticks 2013

Message Sticks Festival 2013 returns to Sydney Opera House from 19-24 March, celebrating the arts and culture of the world's first peoples, highlighting our own Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. More

30 January The Wau Wau Sisters Join La Soirée

From February 12, New York's bravest and bawdiest burlesque duo, The Wau Wau Sisters, join La Soirée for a month of jaw-dropping physical prowess and filthy fun. More

22 January Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

From 29 November to 1 December 2013, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons will perform in Sydney for the first time. More

21 January We Need To Talk About Islam & Church & State

Two Ideas at the House events throw the spotlight on the changing face of religion and its influence on our modern society. More

16 January The Composers: The Composers: Arvo Pärt A Sacred Journey

In April 2013, Sydney Opera House will present The Composers: Arvo Pärt, a celebration of the work of one of the most revered composers of our times. More

15 January Damien Dempsey

Award-winning Irish singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey will perform in the Studio at Sydney Opera House on St Patrick’s Day, Sunday 17 March as part of the Music at the House. More

15 January Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists

On May 18th, Sydney Opera House will host a stunning afternoon of music with one of the world’s greatest violists Yuri Bashmet and his renowned chamber orchestra The Moscow Soloists.  More

13 December Second & Final Wilco show April 3

Due to an overwhelming response to the members pre-sale, Sydney Opera House have added a second and final concert for Wilco. More

10 December Wilco

Chicago six-piece Wilco will perform in the Concert Hall Sydney Opera House on 2 April, 2013 as part of Music at the House. More

6 December Australian B-girl Demi Sorono joins the international cast of BLAZE

Today Sydney Opera House announced So You Think You Can Dance finalist and hip hop dancer Demi Sorono will join the international cast of Summer at the House headline show BLAZE. More

4 December 6000 miles away

Sylvie Guillem, widely celebrated as the most exceptional dancer performing today, will return to Sydney Opera House next March for a season of intimate performances in the Drama Theatre of 6000 miles away, her latest collaboration with three world-renowned contemporary choreographers – Mats Ek, William Forsythe and Jiřì Kylián. More

3 December Martin Seligman on Well-Being & Happiness

Bestselling author, world leading psychologist and expert adviser on wellbeing at the highest level of international public policy, Martin Seligman will appear live in the Concert Hall on Sunday 17th February as part of Ideas at the House. More


3 December Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds with players from the Sydney Symphony

Sydney Opera House today announced the titans of Australian rock Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds will partner with the Sydney Symphony to present two exclusive performances in the Concert Hall, on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 February, 2013. More

27 November The Tallest Man on Earth

Sweden's folk troubadour Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth will make his Concert Hall debut on Tuesday 5 March. More

26 November Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Centre announced the premiere visit to Australia of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO). More

22 November Kids at the House 2013 program announced

Sydney 2013 Kids at the House season, a year-long program of theatre, music, puppetry, dance and creative play for children aged 2 – 15 years. More

19 November Bryn Terfel

In his only Australian recital, the world’s greatest Wagnerian bass-baritone Bryn Terfel will light up the Concert Hall stage with a selection of traditional songs from the Celtic isles and Schubert lieder. More

15 November Two extra shows added: Neil Finn and Paul Kelly

Due to an overwhelming response, Sydney Opera House has announced that an additional two shows will go on sale to the general public tomorrow for Neil Finn and Paul Kelly in the Concert Hall. More 

13 November Tripod: Men of Substance

Australia’s favourite musical and comedy trio Tripod are back in concert with their new show Men of Substance as part of Summer at the House. More

12 November Elizabeth Gilbert: Life After 'Eat, Pray, Love'

As part of Ideas at the House, Elizabeth Gilbert will be live in-conversation with Caroline Baum to discuss Life After Eat, Pray, Love and how she finally made peace with marrying again. More

8 November Neil Finn & Paul Kelly

Two of Australasia's greatest singer-songwriters, Neil Finn and Paull Kelly, will perform together over three nights in the Concert Hall from 10-12 March. More

6 November Kings of Convenience

Sydney Opera House today announced Norway’s indie-folk duo Kings of Convenience will make their long awaited Australian debut in the Concert Hall, on February 7. More

30 October My First Time

After running over two and a half years in New York, the Off-Broadway hit, My First Time comes to Sydney Opera House for Summer at the House, from January 4. More

30 October Goran Bregović

World music superstar composer and musician Goran Bregović returns to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall with his 19 piece Weddings and Funerals Orchestra. More

29 October Second show added: Sarah Blasko with Sydney International Orchestra

Sydney Opera House has added a second show for Sarah Blasko, performing with Sydney International Orchestra on Monday 18 February.  More  

25 October Nederlands Dans Theater

The influential, world-renowned Nederlands Dans Theater present an exlusive season of dance at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, June 2013. More.

22 October Utzon Music Series 2013

Chamber ensembles and soloists perform in the intimate setting of the Utzon Room. More

16 October Sarah Blasko with Orchestra

Sarah Blasko will perform with a 40-piece orchestra in the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House on Sunday 17 February as part of a national tour in support of her new album, I Awake.  More

15 October La Soirée

After a sell-out season in 2012, the madcap family of stars from La Soirée are returning to Sydney Opera House. More   

15 October Rodrigo y Gabriela

Mexican guitar heroes Rodrigo y Gabriela return to Sydney with their virtuosic mix of speed-metal heroics, Flamencan instrumentals and for the first time, in collaboration with prodigal Latin jazz pianist Alex Wilson. More   

9 October Blaze

Taking the headline spot of this years’ ‘Summer at the House’ program comes the high-voltage, theatrical dance sensation, Blaze. More

9 October Geoffrey Roberston

Geoffrey Robertson QC speaks on his new book, 'Mullah's Without Mercy', Concert Hall 16 December. More   

9 October Glen Hansard

Frontman of The Frames and one half of Swell Season, Glen Hansard plays the Concert Hall, 25 March. More   

8 October Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

New York soul-funk royalty Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings plays a blistering live show in the Concert Hall on Friday 4 January as part of Summer at the House. More  

2 October First Aid Kit

Following a recent sell-out Australian tour, First Aid Kit bring their magnificent folk-pop to Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Tuesday 3 January. More

2 October ImaginOcean

A one of a kind, live, black-light puppet musical, ImaginOcean joins the Summer at the House program, creating a magical undersea adventure for kids of all ages. More

11 September Dead Can Dance second show

Due to an overwhelming response, Sydney Opera House has added a second show for  seminal Australian worldbeat-electronic pioneers, Dead Can Dance on Monday 4 February, 2012. More


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