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Backstage

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

From clubs to the Concert Hall: Ben Marshall

From New Order to Four Tet, Vivid LIVE's Ben Marshall on expanding his horizons in London's electronic music scene

From New Order to Four Tet, Vivid LIVE's Ben Marshall on expanding his horizons in London's electronic music scene.
Theatre

Cheat sheet: Three Sisters

Meet the minds behind the masterpiece

Andrew Upton reveals his modern adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic, and exactly what Bob Dylan has to do with this classic Russian play. Read now on Backstage.
Tours & Experiences

How we're recycling at the Sydney Opera House

Zero-waste performing arts for National Recycling Week

How we're moving towards zero-waste performing arts

Cheat sheet: The Merchant Of Venice

Your guide to bluffing your way through Shakespeare

A handy guide to bluffing your way through Bell Shakespeare's thrilling production of The Merchant Of Venice.

TV on the big stage: Stranger Things

How "prestige TV" is making itself the main event

Productions budgets have multiplied, movie stars have crossed over, and the once clear-cut line dividing film and TV continues to fade. But can TV make it on the big stage?
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.

Australia's punk poet: Paul Kelly

Bernard Zuel talks to the legend on playing the Forecourt and faking it 'til you make it

Dapper as usual in a brown suit and open necked shirt, slightly stooped but hawkeyed, Paul Kelly declines the offer of his much-loved cabernet in favour of an ale as he looks out of Bennelong Restaurant and over Sydney Harbour.

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.”

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.

Club Weld

How a new collaboration is creating art from the autism spectrum

In a first-of-its-kind project, some of Sydney's most prolific artists collaborated with musicians on the autism spectrum and with other disabilities to make their own music in the Opera House’s state-of-the-art Intel Broadcast Studio during Vivid LIVE.

La La Land: the sound of romance

How composer Justin Hurwitz recreated Los Angeles from thousands of piano demos

"It can be very frustrating because I don't know if and when the right melody will strike, and it's the only part of the process when I have serious self-doubt...Damien and I hold out for that really great melody, and it can take a while."

Badu Gili's Frances Belle Parker

Meet the Yaegl woman who's putting Ulgundahi Island on the map, via the Opera House Sails

We talk to Frances Belle Parker, one of the five Badu Gili artists, about her work, her motivation and how she's used the Opera House’s sails as a blank canvas.

Read up on: David Sedaris

Five works you need to check out by the deadpan humourist

Don't know where to start? Here are a few things you need to know about him before he returns to the Concert Hall next year.

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 collaboration between the Sydney Opera House, the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Sydney to help restore marine habitats and rebalance biodiversity around Bennelong Point.

Writing hits with Future Classic

We sat in on a few sessions with the Sydney label’s two-week writing camp at Vivid LIVE

Chad Gillard, Future Classic co-founder, talks about the label’s relationship to the Opera House, how they pair the right musicians together, and how they massage a song into a hit.

Swan songs: the sound of Loch na hEala

Elissa Blake talks to director Michael Keegan-Dolan on the sonic intensity of Swan Lake.

“Music is everything to me,” says the Irish choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. “It is the most magical thing and to work in the theatre, I always have to start with music.”

Escaping reality with Yeonmi Park

She escaped, and she's one of hundreds of defectors each year rewriting the narrative on North Korea.

The first in our series deconstructing the people and the movements that made them as part of Antidote, the Opera House's newest festival of ideas, art & action.

Unexpected guests: Imara Savage and Elizabeth Gadsby

Sydney Theatre Company's director and designer are turning the tables on social norms in 'Dinner'.

"You expect that the food will be good. You expect that the people gathered will like each other ... there are rules."