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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.
Cheat sheet: The Merchant Of Venice
A handy guide to bluffing your way through Bell Shakespeare's thrilling production of The Merchant Of Venice.
Club Weld
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.
TV on the big stage: Stranger Things
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?
Australia's punk poet: Paul Kelly
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.
Dressing for drama: Direction and design
STC Artistic Director Kip Williams and costume and set designer Alice Babidge discuss how direction and design inform each other to create brilliant theatre.
"There is no Aboriginal disadvantage"
Aboriginal culture can be part of Australia's shared strength, says SOH's head of First Nations Programming Rhoda Roberts.
STC: Jonathan Biggins on Talk
Jonathan Biggins, the writer and director of Talk, discusses his play, the internet and the state of journalism.
Ultimate Utopia: Rutger Bregman
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.
Renewal: Upgrading the Joan Sutherland Theatre
One of the world’s great performance venues, the Joan Sutherland Theatre is being renewed for the next generation of artists and audiences.
Ash Bolland, the creator of Lighting the Sails 2017 for Vivid
Sydney creative Ash Bolland set to give life to a modern 'Micrographia' at this years Lighting of the Sails
In Conversation with Beth Orton
A poet’s feel for lyrics, an actress’ instinct for delivery – and that voice. In conversation with the rapturous Beth Orton.
The new space race: Life on Mars
The prospect of life on Mars is no longer obscene. Is a one-way trip to the red planet nonsensical? Or is it a necessary step in humanity's progression? We talk to Josh Richards, who may be shot to Mars - to stay.
Snapping back: Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
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.
A healthier 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.
Conserving a masterpiece
“One lifted the other — and that was Utzon’s vision. The Opera House is a performance in itself.”
Bill Callahan
The Texan singer-songwriter discusses silence, the purpose of music and what it’s like to hit a new peak 25 years into your career.
Awkar Ruel
The day after arriving in Australia, Assyrian refugee Awkar Ruel saw the Opera House. Now he's studying architecture in Copenhagen.
Amanda Palmer
What role does Amanda Palmer see her art playing in a time of such political uncertainty and, for some, fear?
Seeing Music: Leif Podhajsky
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.
Carmen: Cheat Sheet
Everything you need to know about Bizet's Carmen, one of opera's greatest hits.
Stage Manager or Flyperson
The first in our series of behind the scenes arts jobs explores the roles of a Stage Manager and Fly Person at Sydney Opera House. Peek backstage at the Joan Sutherland Theatre and watch preparations get underway for kids show Pete the Sheep.
All the news from the Children's Republic of Sydney
What rules would kids make if they ruled the world? See all the action as it happens at the Children's Republic of Sydney.
Dion Lee to design Opera House uniforms
Award-winning fashion designer Dion Lee will create a new collection of uniforms for Opera House staff.
Getty Foundation - Keeping It Modern
The iconic shells of the Sydney Opera House pioneered the use of reinforced and post tensioned concrete as a prominent architectural feature.
Building creativity: modding the Opera House with Minecraft
Can video games be used for good? Here's how Minecraft has taught children (and adults) how to get creative together.
Ten albums that defined Repressed Records
The most memorable records from the Newtown vinyl institution.
Inventing Russia: Arkady Ostrovsky
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.
Sampha
Singer and producer Sampha Sisay on his debut LP and upcoming performance at Vivid LIVE.
Costumes of The Nutcracker
Get up close to the sumptuous costumes designed for The Australian Ballet's Nutcracker - The Story of Clara.
Buffy the Culture Slayer
"TV was not art before Buffy, but it was afterwards," once wrote critic Robert Moore. To mark the inaugural BingeFest, we look back at the Slayer's enduring legacy.
The Australian Ballet's Tim Harbour talks Faster
Tim Harbour talks choreography, French philosophy and the making of his new ballet Squander and Glory, part of Faster.
In conversation with Nobuyuki Tsujii
Blind since birth, Tsujii was 10 years old when he declared to himself he would become a concert pianist.
Hot Brown Honey
Award-winning and label defying, the Honeys mix theatrical spectacle with social activism.
A Soft Future is a bright one
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.
Badu Gili's Frances Belle Parker
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.
Hidden headlines
Opera House staff working on the Joan Sutherland Theatre’s Renewal project discovered the tanned, fragile pages of a 1972 copy of the Herald tucked behind the theatre’s machinery and cabling.
Swan songs: the sound of Loch na hEala
“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 up on: David Sedaris
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.
Unexpected guests: Imara Savage and Elizabeth Gadsby
"You expect that the food will be good. You expect that the people gathered will like each other ... there are rules."
La La Land: the sound of romance
"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."
The Necks: Painting with sound
How the 'ambient jazz' masters got inside our heads at Vivid LIVE
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.
Out There with The Australian Ballet
The Australian Ballet’s Out There program has joined forces with the Sydney Opera House to make dance accessible to anyone regardless of their ability.
Richard 3: Villain with a twist
Kate Mulvany, who plays the most wicked character Shakespeare ever wrote in Bell Shakespeare’s latest production, is not afraid to show her own scars.
Utzon Music Series
Yarmila Alfonzeti, the curator of the Utzon Music Series, describes ten years of incredible music in an incredible space.
The Australian Ballet's Tim Harbour talks Faster
Tim Harbour talks choreography, French philosophy and the making of his new ballet Squander and Glory, part of Faster.
Two Weddings, One Bride: Cheat Sheet
All you need to know for a fun night of operetta.
The Avalanches and DJ Shadow: Sampling through time and space
There are many more layers to a track by The Avalanches and DJ Shadow than meets the ear.
Mountain: An interview with Richard Tognetti
ACO's Artistic Director Richard Tognetti takes us behind the scenes of Mountain, a collaboration with filmmaker Jennifer Peedom.
Read Up: ANTIDOTE
Have you seen Tamika's interview with The Breakfast Club? Watch her and some of our other ANTIDOTE speakers before heading to the festival.
Escaping reality with Yeonmi Park
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.
Writing hits with Future Classic
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.
The Forecourt: Art with a view
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.