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Backstage

Discover the people, shows and stories that bring the Opera House to life.
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The moments that changed the Opera House forever

A look back at the history made on our stage

A look back at the history made on our stage.

An Asian, an Aboriginal and an Islander take on white Australia in Nakkiah Lui's new play

In 'How to Rule the World', Michelle Lim Davidson disarms audiences with satire to check their own racism.

In the new satire from Nakkiah Lui, Michelle Lim Davidson disarms audiences with humour to check their own racism.

Death Cab forever

Coming of age with Death Cab for Cutie: reminiscing on the friendships, memories and mixtapes

Coming of age with Death Cab for Cutie: reminiscing on the friendships, memories and mixtapes.

Different shades of hip-hop feminism

Listening to music as a feminist means you also have to engage with its race politics

Listening to music as a feminist means you also have to engage with its race politics

Celebrating pride at the Opera House: Mardi Gras 2019

In the spirit of Mardi Gras, six of our staff share their stories

In the spirit of Mardi Gras, six of our staff share their stories.

Panda Bear: “It's easier if everything is binary...but the truth is not”

An interview between Ben Marshall and the Animal Collective co-founder

An interview between Ben Marshall and the Animal Collective co-founder

Seconds to Stage

A new video series which records an artist's final moments just before showtime at the Sydney Opera House

A new video series which records an artist's final moments just before showtime at the Sydney Opera House
Talks & Ideas

It's A Long Story

A podcast about the moments that made the people who shape our culture.

It's A Long Story is the podcast from Sydney Opera House exploring the stories behind some of our most influential and acclaimed guests. Listen here.

Pictures of you: Unreleased photos of The Cure

Unreleased photography from The Cure's 'Reflections' show at Vivid LIVE in 2011

Unreleased photography from The Cure's 'Reflections' show at Vivid LIVE in 2011

A photo diary of La Bohème

Photographer Daniel Boud stepped through the corridors during Opera Australia's latest show. Here are the moments he captured.

Photographer Daniel Boud stepped through the corridors during Opera Australia's latest show. Here are the moments he captured.

Female choreographers to centre stage in new scholarship

Sydney Opera House, The Australian Ballet and Dance Australia join forces for a new choreographic initiative for women

Sydney Opera House, The Australian Ballet and Dance Australia join forces for a new choreographic initiative for women.

A guide to Dance Rites

Your handbook for the song and dance of Australia's ancient cultures

Your handbook for the song and dance of Australia's ancient cultures

Steve Reich reorchestrated

After three decades, the composer returns to the orchestral form for a new work with the Sydney Symphony

After three decades, the composer returns to the orchestral form for a new work with the Sydney Symphony

Clyde Emmanuel Archer is dancing between worlds

The L-E-V Dance Company artist on redefining race in dance, and the ‘gaga technique’

The L-E-V Dance Company artist on redefining race in dance, and the ‘gaga technique’

Cheat sheet: La Bohème

Everything you need to know about the original bohemian love story

Everything you need to know about the original bohemian love story

Behind the creative: Aurélie Garnier, All About Women

The illustrator behind All About Women's daring look on #MeToo in France and how design can be political

The illustrator behind All About Women's daring look on #MeToo in France and how design can be political

Five things you may not know about Yotam Ottolenghi

Discover the recipe behind the culinary hero’s success.

Ahead of his return to the Sydney Opera House in January, we dig into the surprising life of chef superstar Yotam Ottolenghi.

Wu-Tang Clan's in the House

The legendary hip hop group ventured down under... and we reaped the benefits.

The legendary Wu-Tang Clan took over the Opera House this December, bringing their opus 36 Chambers “from the slums of Shaolin” to the Concert Hall for four nights of pure mayhem.