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20 - 22 October 2023

Free event

To celebrate the Opera House’s 50th birthday, we’re lighting the sails with an eye-catching laser show by renowned Australian audio-visual artist Robin Fox in collaboration with Genius Laser Technology.

A luminous icon

See the Opera House sails illuminated with lasers as they shine from across the harbour from Admiralty House and Campbell Cove. 

Inspired by drawings of the House from the archives and referencing our history, Robin Fox has created an audio-visual art experience that celebrates geometry in space, like the Opera House itself.

For the full audio-visual experience, ICON by Robin Fox is best enjoyed from the northern and western boardwalks with the accompanying soundscape projected through on-site speakers.  Or you can view the show from anywhere around Sydney Harbour.

NSW Government

This program is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Blockbusters Funding initiative

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22 Oct 2023 Experiences

Open House Weekend

To celebrate the Opera House’s 50th birthday, we’re throwing open our doors for a free weekend of exploration and discovery.

15 – 26 Nov 2023

Whispers: A Monumental Public Artwork by Quandamooka artist Megan Cope

During October, to mark the occasion of the Sydney Opera House’s 50th anniversary, Cope will install a series of monumental site specific sculptures that honour Tubowgule’s pre-settlement history while considering the environment’s fragility.

2 – 4 Nov 2023 Opera


Sibyl is a rich sensory experience melding exquisite music, powerful vocals, and compelling visuals from visionary South African artist William Kentridge. The evening of two parts begins with The Moment Has Gone, a film with live score, followed by Waiting for the Sibyl, a chamber opera featuring nine performers.

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