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Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus

3 - 4 May 2024

In the Playhouse


Japan | 2023 | Documentary, Music

Following its sold out Australian Premiere at the Sydney Opera House, Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus returns for two encore screenings. Opus documents Sakamoto’s final performance, a concert film featuring just him and his piano playing for the last time. A celebration of an artist’s life in the purest sense, this is the definitive swan song of the beloved maestro. Directed by Neo Sora.

A glorious final performance.


Performing for the very last time

In the time leading up to his death in 2023, composer Ryuichi Sakamoto performed 20 selections from his vast body of work. During the years he suffered from cancer, Sakamoto could no longer perform live. Despite this, he mustered all of his energy to leave the world with one final performance – featuring just him and his piano. Curated by Sakamoto himself, the selection, spanning his entire career, includes beloved film soundtracks like The Sheltering Sky, The Last Emperor, and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. Captured with precision and poetry by director Neo Sora, Sakamoto bares his soul through his music, aware that this might be his final opportunity to present his art. A celebration of an artist’s life in the purest sense, Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus is the definitive swan song of the beloved maestro.

Presented by Sydney Opera House and Groovescooter 

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Director Neo Sora
Starring Ryuichi Sakamoto

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