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24 November 2014

Venue: Concert Hall  View Seat Map
Presented by: Sydney Opera House

For the first time in more than 30 years, one of the world’s finest orchestras returns to Australia, led by Russia’s greatest living conductor Valery Gergiev.


The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) makes its highly anticipated return to Australia's iconic Sydney Opera House for a three concert series, under the baton of its Principal Conductor maestro Valery Gergiev. The Opera House will welcome the LSO as part of the World Orchestra Program which gives Sydney audiences the opportunity to experience the skill and artistry of the greatest ensembles live. With the LSO comes the exceptionally talented pianist Denis Matsuev playing music from the passionate cultural heart of Russia.

Formed in 1904, the London Symphony Orchestra has become an icon in the world of classical music. The roll call of its conductors reads as a who's who of the legendary maestros including Sir Simon Rattle, Andre Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Edward Elgar and the late great Claudio Abbado and Sir Colin Davis.  The places it has appeared, the works it has played, the great artists who have performed with this illustrious band almost tells a history of the twentieth-century in music. Its work in the recording studio and playing on movie soundtracks (including Harry Potter  and The King's Speech)  make it perhaps the most listened to orchestra in history.

You've almost certainly heard the London Symphony Orchestra in the cinema and on TV, but unless you have heard this ensemble live, in glorious technicolor, you're missing out. It will be an experience you will never forget.

Old Russia meets new in programme one, with music by Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Prokofiev's First Symphony, the 'Classical', is a fond and fabulous look at eighteenth-century music through the prism of twentieth-century Europe. In the Fifth Symphony we hear an older, wiser Prokofiev contemplating the indomitable nobility of the human spirit. Meanwhile, Petrushka, Stravinsky's fairground folk story, is a dance suite with a spooky sting in its tale.

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1
STRAVINSKY Petrushka  (1947)
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5


We invite you to join us for what will undoubtedly be the music event of 2014 and to elevate your evening with one of our special packaging opportunities.

Enhance your evening with the London Symphony Orchestra and take advantage of this exclusive special offer from the Accor group at some of Sydney's best hotels. Stay at a number of hotels including Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, The Menzies Harbour Rocks or Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour and receive a 10% discount off the best available rate.  Simply visit to take advantage of this special offer.

You can also combine your ticket with a pre-show dinner at ARIA restaurant or Cafe Sydney with a choice of two or three course menu options. Contact ARIA on 02 9240 2255 or, and Café Sydney on 02 9251 8683 or

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Artist Information

Principal Conductor

"It felt for all the world as if the music were being emitted directly by the mysterious shimmering of the conductor's fingertips." The Guardian (UK), 2013

He's been described as 'volatile', 'driven' and 'possessed'. He conducts with a toothpick and a feverish shiver of the hands. He's renowned for taking risks to find unexpected insights into classic works. Valery Gergiev is one of the world's most electrifying musical personalities.

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Pricing Information

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Standard $109 - $325
Insiders $87.20 - $325
Booking fee applies per transaction

$8.50 - Contact Centre
$8.50 - Internet
$5.00 - Box Office Counter

Pricing Information Explained

Pricing Information Explained

For events which offer concession pricing, if you purchase concession tickets, please ensure you have your Proof of Concession with you when you attend an event.

Ticket Booking Enquiries: For all general booking enquiries please email the Contact Centre or call on +61 2 9250 7777 for more information.

Groups Bookings: Please email the Group Booking team or call on +61 2 9250 7700 for more information.

Insider Prices: Insiders are Sydney Opera House members. Insiders get waived booking fees, up to 20% off Sydney Opera House Presents shows and more. More Info

Performance Dates

Programme 1
Monday 24 November 7pm Running Time: Program 1: PROKOFIEV, STRAVINSKY, PROKOFIEV
19:00 – 21:10 (interval 19:55-20:15)


"Everywhere you listened to this great orchestra, there was an almost insane degree of connections and transferences of energy to be heard." Classical Source, 2014

"The LSO played with huge virtuosity and it was undeniably exciting." The Guardian, Nov 2013

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