Digital Programming presented by Sydney Opera House
Sharing Opera House performances and events with the world
Since its inception nearly a decade ago, the Opera House’s digital program has engaged tens of millions of people around the world through livestreams, performance films, podcast series, short films and original digital commissions.
Delivering the unmissable work of Sydney Opera House Presents to the laptops, living rooms and mobile phones of audiences everywhere, the digital program led by Head of Digital Programming Stuart Buchanan delivers high-quality streams and recordings direct from our stages, along with new digital presentations that extend and complement the Opera House’s Artistic Strategy.
Core to Digital Programming is the delivery of Digital Creative Learning to schools and educators around the country, offering free programs of livestreams, interactive workshops, author talks and original content.
Stream is the Sydney Opera House’s online streaming platform, designed to showcase our world-class performing and digital arts.
Sydney Opera House is dedicated to making the exceptional art performed on its iconic stages accessible to everyone. With new content announced monthly, subscription to Stream is free, with exclusive access to ticketed performances and events available to rent.
Stream follows the success of the award-winning 2020 digital season From Our House to Yours – created while the Opera House was temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19. Subscribers can access an ever-growing program of new releases including highlights from the Opera House’s incredible multi-genre archive, as well as livestreams of new performances, presentations by resident and international performing arts companies, and original digital programming created exclusively for the platform.
Sydney Opera House has been presenting livestreams and recordings since 2013, including iconic performances from musicians such as The Cure, Solange, Bon Iver, Janelle Monáe, Nile Rogers, Neil Finn & Paul Kelly, Iggy Pop, Flume and Max Richter; and talks from Stephen Hawking, Pussy Riot, Chelsea Manning, Ai Weiwei, Fran Lebowitz, Alain de Botton, Nigella Lawson and many more.
The year-round digital program presents new work at the intersection of digital and live performance by iconic artists, emerging voices and diverse local communities, alongside original presentations for schools through our Digital Creative Learning program; and multiple series of Sydney Opera House podcasts.
Current programs include Outlines - Digital Performance Lab, which brings leading technologists together with boundary-pushing artists; the Shortwave commissioning series, platforming early career interdisciplinary artists working at the forefront of digital performance; Ideas At the House and Deadly Voices podcasts; and digital programming for kids and families including the popular webseries Footlights and Booklights and Who’s In The Lift?.
Head of Digital Programming
Stuart is responsible for leading and curating the Opera House’s year-round digital program, delivering some of its most impactful and viewed online events.
As a senior arts professional in digital strategy and content, Stuart’s passion lies at the intersection of art, technology and media. He has worked with companies such as ABC, Art Gallery of NSW, AFTRS, Biennale of Sydney, Disney, Edinburgh Fringe, The Guardian, MONA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Mute Records, Royal Court Theatre and SBS, and co-founded the award-winning digital cultural agency The Nest.
Stuart has also worked as a broadcaster and producer, presenting radio programs and podcasts on ABC’s Double J, FBi Radio and UK station Resonance FM. His curatorial projects include the renowned New Weird Australia initiative and guest programming roles at a number of events and festivals. Stuart was Executive Producer of the inaugural Creative Sydney Festival in 2009 (now known as Vivid Ideas), Chair of Underbelly Arts Festival from 2013-2016, and is currently a Board Member of FBi Radio.