The 8-hour long stream of 'Max Richter's Sleep - Live at the Sydney Opera House' is available for Australian and New Zealand audiences to experience for 72 hours only from the premiere at 10pm AEST Friday, 11th September 2020.
Max Richter has a finger in every pie imaginable. Premium cable and Oscar nominees, ballets, operas and Vivaldi rearrangements – Richter refuses to be confined by ‘classic’ or ‘contemporary’. He can wake you up with rousing reflections on war and violence, just as he can put you to sleep with scientifically-proven lullabies.
In two visits, Richter has made his mark on the Sydney Opera House. He describes the building as having a “spirit of optimism and possibility … a bright future” – high praise from a performer who is constantly challenging expectations of his form.
He describes the building as having a “spirit of optimism and possibility … a bright future”
In 2014, Richter recomposed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. A twist on the classic work, respectful but innovative; the performance was a contemporary reconsideration of the sounds that have become synonymous with jingles and hold music. Richter’s aim was to take a “new path through a well-known landscape”, and he was met with an acclaim foreign to other similar revisionist projects: “If there was a predominant emotional trope it was of intense ethereality – the sort of vivid presence that might accompany a brilliantly clear night in a film,” said the Sydney Morning Herald.