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

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Contemporary perfomance

Experimental storytelling with S-Town's Brian Reed

The podcast's host and Ann Mossop talk taking risks in storytelling and the art of failure for It's A Long Story

"It wasn't a cold relationship but I don't think it was a friendship."

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.

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.”
Read 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.
Talks & Ideas

Inventing Russia: Arkady Ostrovsky

How the Russian-born British journalist reveals the web of elites that elevated Putin to power.

Read 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.

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.
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.

Renewal: Improving the acoustics in the Concert Hall

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.

Lights on: Badu Gili

Streaming from 5:40pm tonight, 28 June

Lights on moment for Badu Gili at Sydney Opera House, streaming from 5:40pm tonight, 28 June.

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.

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.
There are many more layers to a track by The Avalanches and DJ Shadow than meets the ear.

The Forecourt: Art with a view

A visual history of Sydney's grandest outdoor stage

From Lorde to Janet Jackson, Nelson Mandela to Spencer Tunick, Oprah and Hugh Jackman to Björk, Crowded House and Florence + the Machine. Here are some of the Sydney Opera House's greatest moments on the Forecourt.

A Soft Future is a bright one

In conversation with the Goodgod creative masterminds behind our Soft Future Piano Bar pop-up

Soft Future Piano Bar is a zero-waste purple paradise in our Concert Hall Northern Foyer. We spoke to Goodgod creative masterminds Hana Shimada and Jimmy Sing about how the bar differs from others in Sydney.
Award-winning fashion designer Dion Lee will create a new collection of uniforms for Opera House staff.

Building creativity: modding the Opera House with Minecraft

How video games can teach us more than we think

Can video games be used for good? Here's how Minecraft has taught children (and adults) how to get creative together.
One of the world’s great performance venues, the Joan Sutherland Theatre is being renewed for the next generation of artists and audiences.

Sampha: "Making music can be a vulnerable space"

Sampha Sisay on his debut LP and performance at Vivid LIVE.

Singer and producer Sampha Sisay on his debut LP and upcoming performance at Vivid LIVE.