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Tempo primo

Last week marked the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s final classical performances in our Concert Hall before the venue undergoes its biggest upgrade since the Sydney Opera House opened in 1973.

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Aerial view of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney harbour

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Renewing an icon

Find out more about the biggest upgrade in Opera House history and how more than $275 million of works are transforming this world-famous icon for the 21st century.

Members of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs sing on the purple carpet off the Concert Hall Northern Foyer

Music

The last hallelujah

The Sydney Philharmonia Choirs celebrate their 100th year and a new residency at the Opera House.

The Cure perform on the stage of the Concert Hall with a darkened room, bright lights from the stage

Music

The Cure perform ‘Pictures of You’ in the Concert Hall

Watch 4K Director‘s Cuts of ‘Pictures of You’, ‘Plainsong’ and ‘Disintegration’ by the band's longtime friend Nick Wickham.

Kids on a Junior Adventure Tour run up the steps inside the Opera House having fun

Kids

Things to do these summer school holidays

From thrilling adventures to family favourites, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained this summer.

Ballet dancer Ako Kondo jumps and poses on a black background

Ballet

Cheat sheet: Sylvia

A guide to an Australian premiere for ballet’s new heroine.

Musicians Warren Ellis and Nick Cave sit at a piano with headphones, playing together

Music

Two rock stars are discovering the ‘sonic fabric’ of movies

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are doing film scores like no one else.

More stories from behind the curtain

Discover more from the people, shows and stories that bring the Opera House to life in the Backstage archive.