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Backstage

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

The National Live in the Utzon Room

Watch them perform two tracks in the gorgeous Utzon Room.

Before stepping out to the buzz of the Forecourt, The National treated us to this performance of 'Hard To Find' and ‘Carin at the Liquor Store’ from their Grammy Award winning album, Sleep Well Beast.

Sydney's seal of approval

The much-loved resident of the Opera House steps has been given a voice.

The much-loved resident of the Opera House steps has been given a voice.

Playing dad

Gideon and Brian from 'Two Jews...' reflect on how the piece came to be and what it means to perform as your father.

Gideon and Brian from 'Two Jews walk into a theatre...' reflect on how the piece came to be and what it means to perform as your father.

Moses Sumney plays 'Don't Bother Calling' in the orchestra pit

Watch him perform below the stage of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

Watch him play below the stage of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

The power of music and film

UK film writer and critic Ian Haydn Smith explores the binding relationship between music and film.

When classical music is used poorly or without imagination in a film, it can be insipid or manipulative – cheap sentimentality that undermines the power of a scene and the emotional weight of the original composition. UK critic Ian Haydn Smith on the power of Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings’ and more.

Fine-tuning the sound of the Joan Sutherland Theatre

To our audio engineers, sound is both an art and a science

Good music sends shivers down our spines—but what in our brains is being triggered to make us feel this? We can’t see it, but we have always known it: sound affects our emotions; music is sound organised to maximum effect.

Graeme Murphy is ballet's fearless leader

Ten classic works reimagined by the dancer & choreographer. First published by The Australian Ballet.

Ten classic works reimagined by the dancer & choreographer. First published by The Australian Ballet.
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.

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.

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.

The rainbow stage

Some of the Opera House's most defining performances by LGBTIQ+ artists.

Some of the Opera House's most defining performances by LGBTIQ+ artists.
Theatre

Nuclear family: The Children's Pamela Rabe and Sarah Peirse

Meet the female tour de force behind Sydney Theatre Company's latest production.

Meet the female tour de force behind Sydney Theatre Company's latest production.

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.

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.

Youssou Ndour is a true Renaissance man

There's a lot to learn about Senegal's most famous musician.

There's a lot to learn about Senegal's most famous musician.

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.

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.