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Backstage

Discover the people, shows and stories that bring the Opera House to life.

Song Ling rides the New Wave of Chinese art

Between Hangzhou and Melbourne, the Lunar Lantern artist's real work is politically charged with flairs of Magritte.

Between Hangzhou and Melbourne, the Lunar Lantern artist's real work is politically charged with flairs of Magritte.

Cheat sheet: Carmen

Everything you need to know about Bizet's masterpiece, one of opera's greatest hits.

Everything you need to know about Bizet's Carmen, one of opera's greatest hits.

Paradise lost: ACO's Missy and Max

How a 400-year-old double bass found in an Italian monastery inspired Missy Mazzoli's new concerto for the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

How a 400-year-old double bass found in an Italian monastery inspired Missy Mazzoli's new concerto for the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Watch Nigella Lawson at the Sydney Opera House

Watch the celebrity chef talk home cooking, community and #MeToo.

Watch the celebrity chef talk home cooking, community and #MeToo.

Watch a timelapse of the Studio, from day to night

From pirate cabaret to nightclub, here's a brief history of the Opera House's most flexible room.

From pirate cabaret to nightclub, here's a brief history of the Opera House's most flexible room.
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.

The bad boy of British dance returns

Michael Clark's new work graces the Concert Hall in late January.

A Royal Ballet School graduate with rigour, imagination and a passion for music, art and design, Michael Clark formed his own company aged 21.

Moses Sumney wants to write "soft punk"

The singer and his former day-to-day manager talk Nina Simone, surrendering to songwriting, and how he keeps morphing as an artist.

The singer and his former day-to-day manager talk Nina Simone, surrendering to songwriting, and how he keeps morphing as an artist.

Improving the acoustics

Work is underway to make the Opera House sound as good as it looks. Meet the acousticians solving a 40 year-old problem.

Work is underway to make the Opera House sound as good as it looks. Meet the acousticians solving a 40 year-old problem.

Young guns: ACO's Ike and Glenn

Two of the Australian Chamber Orchestra's newest stars talk mentors, an Australian premiere and an explosive start to the season.

Two of the Australian Chamber Orchestra's newest stars talk mentors, an Australian premiere and an explosive start to the season.

Celebrating New Year's Eve at the House

While the fireworks blaze outside, the Joan Sutherland Theatre reopens in grand form.

While the fireworks blaze outside, the Joan Sutherland Theatre reopens in grand form.

Conserving a masterpiece

How architect Alan Croker is keeping Utzon's vision alive.

“One lifted the other — and that was Utzon’s vision. The Opera House is a performance in itself.”

Flashback to Countdown

Bernard Zuel on how Australia's primetime music show became a national obsession.

Bernard Zuel on how Australia's primetime music show became a national obsession.

The nightclub is Andrew Weatherall's temple

"I just particularly enjoyed the magic. I didn't want to be a 'magician'."

Ben Marshall interviews the British DJ behind Primal Scream.

The bad boy of British dance returns

Michael Clark's new work graces the Concert Hall in late January.

A Royal Ballet School graduate with rigour, imagination and a passion for music, art and design, Michael Clark formed his own company aged 21.

How Australia inspired Darwin's Theory of Evolution

The Wider Earth explores how Darwin stumbled upon his theory of evolution—and the key role that Australia played.

The Wider Earth explores how Darwin stumbled upon his theory of evolution—and the key role that Australia played.

Theatre's modern revivalists: The Wooster Group

A brief history of the experimental New York collective behind The Town Hall Affair

A brief history of the experimental New York collective behind The Town Hall Affair. Read more on Backstage.

A healthier harbour

How Professor David Booth and an artificial reef are breathing life back into Sydney Harbour.

Professor David Booth is diving head first into a three-year project to help restore marine habitats and rebalance biodiversity around Bennelong Point.