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Conor Oberst in Nooks & Crannies

Conor Oberst

Nooks & Crannies: Inside the Scenery Dock

Watch singer-songwriter Conor Oberst perform 'Tachycardia' from 2016 release 'Ruminations', in our Nooks & Crannies series, a collaboration between the Sydney Opera House and Intel.

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Reinventing radio: Radiolab's Jad Abumrad

“The brain space to compose music is very similar to the brain space to compose ideas.”

Why did being one of the only Lebanese kids in Tennessee set Jad Abumrad onto the path of revolutionising radio with Radiolab?
Its a Long Story

It's A Long Story

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

What makes someone succeed in changing the culture? Hamish Macdonald talks to Alicia Garza, Lionel Shriver and others about the moments that made them who they today.
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STC: Jonathan Biggins on Talk

“If everyone can be a journalist, then no-one is. We have more information than ever, but paradoxically, know even less.”

Jonathan Biggins, the writer and director of Talk, discusses his play, the internet and the state of journalism.
Work is underway to make the Opera House sound as good as it looks. Meet the acousticians solving a 40 year-old problem.
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Seeing Music: Leif Podhajsky

Inside the London studio of an artist whose clients include Tame Impala, Bonobo and Vivid LIVE.

Byron-born, London-based Podhajsky has designed cover art for Tame Impala, Bonobo and Kelis. He explains his creative process with SOH's Claudio Santoro.
What rules would kids make if they ruled the world? See all the action as it happens at the Children's Republic of Sydney.
What do kids think about the environment, school or social media? This Kid Life is a podcast where kids get to talk about topics they aren’t often asked about.
Hiatus Kaiyote

Hiatus Kaiyote

Nooks & Crannies: Jamming in the Drama Theatre

Watch Melbourne future-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote jam in the Drama Theatre in our Nooks & Crannies series, a collaboration between the Sydney Opera House and Intel.
Julie Synder

This American Life, Serial and beyond: Julie Synder

"Everyday life became political. There was no way that you could just tell stories that would be divorced from that."

Serial's Julie Snyder reveals the moments that shaped her in our podcast It's A Long Story.
STC A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Dressing for drama: Direction and design

A play needs tension to propel the drama forward. STC's Kip Williams and Alice Babidge discuss the spark that electrifies the stage.

STC Artistic Director Kip Williams and costume and set designer Alice Babidge discuss how direction and design inform each other to create brilliant theatre.
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Nooks & Crannies: Poliça

Inside the Ballet Rehearsal Room

Watch the Sydney Opera House and its Major Partner Intel present highly respected Minneapolis electro-pop quartet Poliça in an intimate live performance in episode two of Nooks & Crannies.
Everything you need to know about Bizet's Carmen, one of opera's greatest hits.
Cameron Carpenter

Utzon Music Series

Reflections on ten years

Yarmila Alfonzeti, the curator of the Utzon Music Series, describes ten years of incredible music in an incredible space.
Utzon in Beijing

Uncovered: Utzon in Beijing

How China influenced the Opera House

A film made by the architect of the Opera House en route to Sydney has, until now, never been publicly seen. Lin Utzon recalls the influence and inspiration her father drew from Chinese architecture.
Kate Mulvany, who plays the most wicked character Shakespeare ever wrote in Bell Shakespeare’s latest production, is not afraid to show her own scars.
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Vivid LIVE

Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker in NY

The producer and hit-maker talks through his new show, Missing Link.
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The Australian Ballet's Tim Harbour talks Faster

“I'm preoccupied with energy. I see choreography as the organisation of energy.”

Tim Harbour talks choreography, French philosophy and the making of his new ballet Squander and Glory, part of Faster.
Popular culture is a powerful voice in telling little girls what they might become, writes Georgia Cockerell.

“When I trace my life from the beginning, I can see what led to this moment.”

The day after arriving in Australia, Assyrian refugee Awkar Ruel saw the Opera House. Now he's studying architecture in Copenhagen.

The day after arriving in Australia, Assyrian refugee Awkar Ruel saw the Opera House. Now he's studying architecture in Copenhagen.