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Upcoming performances, symphonies and concerts

17 - 18 May 2024 Classical Music

Dvořák & Bernstein

Rich and colourful expressions of America shine through in this heart-warming program.

18 - 19 May 2024 Classical Music

Joyce Yang performs Grieg’s Piano Concerto

Grieg's Piano Concerto and Dvořák's New World Symphony are both expansive, phenomenal works. And thrilling to hear live.

18 May 2024 Classical Music

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Exhilarating musical storytelling on a grand scale. All the drama and splendour of Mendelssohn’s magnificent oratorio, starring Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the mighty Old Testament prophet. 

19 May 2024 Classical Music

Ein Tag Wie Gold

An afternoon of glitzy, sassy Weimar cabaret, with exuberant and irreverent Australian and German dance hall and chamber music featuring the Hourglass big band!

22 May 2024 Classical Music


For the second time only in Australia - the virtuoso Pianist and Composer.

24 May 2024 Classical Music

Duruflé’s Requiem

Ninety minutes of choral bliss in the intimate sandstone splendour of St Philip’s on York Street, Wynyard, in the heart of the city.

6 - 8 Jun 2024 Classical Music

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra with the Australian String Quartet

In a unique presentation, the superb Australian String Quartet will join the Sydney Symphony to perform the mesmerising Absolute Jest by American composer John Adams.

7 Jun 2024 Classical Music

The Splendour of the Baroque

Baroque music overflows with its precise, crystalline beauty, and when performed by a chamber ensemble each instrument has space to sing.

9 Jun 2024 Classical Music

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

ChorusOz – the annual ‘big sing’ – returns to the Concert Hall with singers from across Australia and the globe to sing for peace in our divided world. 

14 - 15 Jun 2024 Classical Music

Vaughan Williams & Shostakovich

Shostakovich's fifteen string quartets are some of the finest works for small ensemble, and alongside those of Haydn and Beethoven, are indispensable.

16 Jun 2024 Classical Music


Unlock the doors of your imagination and enter the magical world of Anime enchantment, at the iconic opera house! A musical gift for all ages…

22 - 23 Jun 2024 Classical Music

Alexander Melnikov performs Shostakovich

Pianist Alexander Melnikov brings his impressive energy to Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto. Principal Trumpet David Elton weaves a tender, sombre magic in its delightfully wistful passages.

23 Jun 2024 Classical Music

VOCES8 with Jack Liebeck

Don’t miss world-renowned UK vocal ensemble VOCES8 with special guest violinist Jack Liebeck in a soaring performance in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

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30 Jun 2024 Classical Music

Altstaedt Plays Haydn & Tchaikovsky

The world-renowned cellist and master storyteller makes his ACO debut as soloist and guest director.

2 Jul 2024 Classical Music


The Australian String Quartet present a program of music that redefined the boundaries of the string quartet.

5 - 6 Jul 2024 Classical Music

Dalia Stasevska conducts Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony

Experience the stunning musical landscapes of the far north in this enchanting program.

7 Jul 2024 Classical Music


A luminous afternoon concert by the Harbour featuring music by the leading lights of contemporary choral music – Rautavaara, Arvo Pärt, Eric Whitacre and more. 

7 Jul 2024 Classical Music

Zakir Hussain, Kala Ramnath, and Jayanthi Kumaresh in Triveni

Triveni featuring Zakir Hussain (Tabla), Kala Ramnath, (Hindustani Violin) and Jayanthi Kumaresh (Carnatic Veena). Presented by Bhoomija.

10 - 13 Jul 2024 Classical Music

Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

Pulling out all the stops. It's curious to think an expression used by everyone from fashion designers to footballers was derived from something as historic as the organ.

18 - 19 Jul 2024 Classical Music

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Jess Gillam

Jess Gillam may only be 25, but the British saxophonist is already a star.

19 - 20 Jul 2024 Classical Music

Janáček, Ravel & Piazzolla

The writing is anything but juvenile, richly textured and deceptively complex, bursting with enthusiasm and virtuosity.

20 Jul 2024 Classical Music

Rachmaninoff’s Vespers

Lie back on a yoga mat or take your gallery seat and immerse yourself in the sumptuous and captivating beauty of Rachmaninoff’s favourite creation, his All-Night Vigil.

20 Jul 2024 Classical Music

The Symphonic World of Dance

Experience classical music inspired by dance from around the world, in this special family-friendly concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

24 Jul 2024 Classical Music

Wata: a gathering for songmen, improvising soloists and orchestra

Musicians of the Sydney Symphony and guest improvising soloists weave in and out of the songs led by Daniel Wilfred and David Wilfred, guided by Grabowsky's powerful orchestration.

26 Jul 2024 Classical Music

Siobhan Stagg and Nico de Villiers

Internationally acclaimed Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg returns with pianist Nico de Villiers for a captivating recital of music by Hageman and Strauss.

27 - 28 Jul 2024 Classical Music

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

With the most famous four notes in history, the opening to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony has captivated the world for more than 200 years.

29 Jul 2024 Classical Music

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Unmissable choral event from historic British boys choir, where soaring voices, rigorous training and 500 years of tradition meets contemporary Australia.

2 - 3 Aug 2024 Classical Music

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony

The iconic blast of horns at the beginning of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony is the first of many power-packed moments in this program of dramatic contrasts.

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3 Aug 2024 Classical Music

Light and Matter

From mystical folktales to fading memories, this music responds to experiences beyond our physical world. 

7 - 10 Aug 2024 Classical Music

Augustin Hadelich performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Violin sensation Augustin Hadelich returns with Mendelssohn's exquisite Violin Concerto, led by Chief Conductor Simone Young.

10 Aug 2024 Classical Music

Maxim Vengerov in Recital

Maxim Vengerov returns to Sydney for a long awaited recital with acclaimed pianist, Polina Osetinksaya. Celebrating his 50th birthday, join Maxim Vengerov for an evening of works by Ravel, Franck and Prokofiev.

16 Aug 2024 Classical Music

Voices of the Italian Baroque

Experience the expressive beauty and pure magnificence of the Italian Baroque masters with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs' virtuosic Chamber Singers in St James', King Street.

17 Aug 2024 Classical Music

Trio Gaspard

The award-winning Trio Gaspard makes its highly anticipated Sydney Opera House debut with ravishing music for piano trio by Haydn, Brahms and more.

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18 Aug 2024 Classical Music

Silence & Rapture

A mesmerising collaboration with Sydney Dance Company featuring countertenor Iestyn Davies and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Arvo Pärt.

23 Aug - 3 Sep 2024 Classical Music

How to Train Your Dragon in Concert

DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon is a captivating and original story that combines humour, fire-breathing action, and epic adventure!

27 Aug 2024 Classical Music

Lukáš Vondráček

The winner of numerous prestigious international prizes, his natural and assured musicality and remarkable technique have long marked him out as a gifted and mature musician.

30 - 31 Aug 2024 Classical Music

Beethoven’s Septet

With its breezy air, six short, characterful movements, and ample opportunity for individual solos, Beethoven’s Septet was understandably a popular party piece.

5 - 7 Sep 2024 Classical Music

The Cat Empire With The Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Legendary Australian band the Cat Empire bring their beloved tunes and new sounds to a musically and immersive orchestral experience with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

14 - 15 Sep 2024 Classical Music

Karen Gomyo performs Dvořák’s Violin Concerto

Romance emerges in every tempo. Sometimes it is thrillingly insistent, as in the opening movement of Rachmaninov's Second Symphony.

20 - 21 Sep 2024 Classical Music

Donald Runnicles conducts the Duruflé Requiem

For the first time, the Sydney Symphony will perform Duruflé's Requiem.

21 Sep 2024 Classical Music

The Song Company: Fire Songs & Madrigals

The Song Company, Australia's foremost vocal ensemble, is back at the Utzon Room with a program of desire, betrayal and burning passion.

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22 Sep 2024 Classical Music

Tognetti. Mendelssohn. Bach.

Sparks fly and melodies soar when Richard Tognetti directs music close to the ACO’s heart.

22 Sep 2024 Classical Music

LA Philharmonic Wind Quintet

The brilliant LA Philharmonic Wind Quintet returns to the Utzon Room with an entertaining dance-infused program.

25 - 28 Sep 2024 Classical Music

Donald Runnicles conducts Mahler’s Fourth Symphony

Escape into a world of ethereal melodies and captivating harmonies.

11 - 12 Oct 2024 Classical Music

Berlioz & Ravel

There are countless chamber works written for the best-known instruments, but what about the more obscure ones?

11 Oct 2024 Classical Music

Jeonghwan Kim

This exceptional young artist returns to Australia as a Piano+ Laureate, ready to once again set the stage alight while performing selections from the works of Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Bartok.

14 Oct 2024 Classical Music

Alexandra Dariescu

Alexandra Dariescu is a trailblazing British/Romanian pianist who demonstrates fearless curiosity and ground-breaking innovation in her work, including championing lesser known composers, particularly female composers.

17 - 18 Oct 2024 Classical Music

George Gershwin’s An American in Paris

The Roaring Twenties was a time of heady optimism in Paris. Artists and composers of every genre flocked to the city.

25 - 26 Oct 2024 Classical Music

Elgar’s Enigma Variations

There are few pieces like Elgar’s Enigma Variations. And in the hands of Sir Andrew Davis, we will experience every bit of its profound emotion.

26 Oct 2024 Classical Music

Ode to Joy

The sisterhood meets the brotherhood in a program of radical joy. Hear Ethel Smyth’s groundbreaking Mass in D alongside Beethoven’s anthem for peace and freedom, ‘Ode to Joy’. 

27 Oct 2024 Classical Music

Qais Essar

Rabab master and composer Qais Essar fuses ancient Indian and Afghan music with the music of today in a mesmerising performance in the Utzon Room.

28 Oct 2024 Classical Music

Nobuyuki Tsujii in Recital

This expansive program demonstrates Tsujii's endless talent.

30 Oct - 2 Nov 2024 Classical Music

Ingrid Fliter performs Chopin

Chopin's glittering First Piano Concerto captures the powerful feelings of youth. Written when he was 20, it's one of two works he composed for orchestra.

1 Nov 2024 Classical Music

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is one of the world’s foremost exponents of the music of both Claude Debussy and Robert Schumann. In this recital he performs iconic works by both composers.

6 Nov 2024 Classical Music


The Australian String Quartet present a program sparkling with brilliance.

8 - 9 Nov 2024 Classical Music

Simone Young conducts Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony

Sydney Symphony Chief Conductor Simone Young presents three masterpieces that defined their eras and looked forward to the next.

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10 Nov 2024 Classical Music

Scotland Unbound

Guitarist Sean Shibe makes his Australian debut in this inspired and thrilling season closer.

15 - 17 Nov 2024 Classical Music

Simone Young conducts Die Walküre

A merciless storm rages over Wotan’s kingdom as his son Siegmund is pursued by brutal enemies in the second instalment of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle.

16 - 17 Nov 2024 Classical Music


Sydney Philharmonia Choirs tribute the greatest partnership in showbiz. Hear songs, choruses and music from the great musicals including The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Carousel and more! 

16 Nov 2024 Classical Music

The Young Virtuosi

Piano+Violin brings together two virtuosic soloists of bright subtlety and emotional depth in a concert centred on one of the most beloved instrumental combinations in music.

24 Nov 2024 Classical Music

Konstantin Shamray

Virtuoso pianist Konstantin Shamray returns to the Utzon Room for an exhilarating recital.

27 - 30 Nov 2024 Classical Music

Vasily Petrenko conducts The Rite of Spring

Paris in the early 20th century was a cultural explosion of art, literature and music – and the Ballet Russes was entirely reinventing the artform.

6 - 8 Dec 2024 Classical Music

Home Alone in Concert

A true holiday favourite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and entertaining score performed live to film by the Sydney Symphony.

13 - 15 Dec 2024 Classical Music

Handel’s Messiah

Hallelujah! You know Christmas isn’t far away when the full forces of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs come together for Handel’s greatest oratorio. 

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Under the Sails with the LSO

In our 50-year history, the Sydney Opera House has welcomed thousands of world-class performers to its halls. But no orchestra has as long and rich a shared history with the Opera House as the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Love List: Australian Classical by Casey Green

Our Classical Music producer/aficionado Casey Green has written a Love List to the Australian classical composers that have inspired her and kept her sane in these extraordinary times.

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Australian String Quartet performs Jack Symonds String Quartet No.2

This spectacular work brilliantly showcases the string quartet through its wide-ranging breadth of expression and extremes of colour. 

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