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Backstage

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

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

My love letter to Andy Griffiths

Actor Sam Welsh on how the nutty author helped him discover creativity and a treehouse

Actor Sam Welsh on how the nutty author helped him discover creativity and a treehouse

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.

From silver screen to symphony

Learn how 'live scores' of classic films are brought to life.

Ahead of Star Wars in concert, conductor Nicholas Buc takes us through his favourite films to perform, the process of arranging 'live scores' and the future of the phenomenon.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is tipping the scales of Broadway and Hollywood

Here are the moments the 'Hamilton' genius championed diverse voices.

Here are the moments the 'Hamilton' genius championed diverse voices.

How to become a ghost-hunter in China

Author and illustrator Gabrielle Wang on the inspiration behind her award-winning novel A Ghost in My Suitcase.

Author and illustrator Gabrielle Wang on the inspiration behind her award-winning novel A Ghost in My Suitcase.
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.

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.

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

A grand design: the Sydney Opera House

Go behind the scenes of legendary TV designer Kevin McCloud's Opera House visit.

Go behind the scenes of legendary TV designer Kevin McCloud's Opera House visit.

The stellar comedians who've shaped Just For Laughs

The Montreal festival has rewritten comedy over its 35-year history

The Montreal festival has rewritten comedy over its 35-year history

My love letter to Panda Bear

Jono Ma (of Jagwar Ma) reflects on the album that let him express himself

Jono Ma (of Jagwar Ma) reflects on the album that let him express himself

Cheat sheet: The Breeders

What's the deal with The Breeders? Get to know the coolest band in the world.

The Pixies may have changed the course of rock, but The Breeders, with breakout smash hit 'Cannonball', became alt-rock heroes. Here’s what you need to know before their epic Opera House debut on Friday 30 November.

A history of tap dancing

Leaping off tabletops and singing penguins

Leaping off tabletops and singing penguins: moments in the dance's rich history.

Unveiling our new uniform by Dion Lee

From toile to prototype, take a glimpse at the designer’s process

From toile to prototype, take a glimpse at the designer’s process

A journey through Brahms with the Staatskapelle

The complicated history of the legendary symphonic cycle

The complicated history of the legendary symphonic cycle

Australia's Nobel literature laureate: Patrick White

Discover a rare Four Corners interview with the reclusive writer behind Sydney Theatre Company's A Cheery Soul

Discover a rare Four Corners interview with the reclusive writer behind Sydney Theatre Company's A Cheery Soul