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Mary Lattimore

4 December 2023

In the Utzon Room

Classical Music

Conjuring worlds of tender beauty and reflection, classically trained harpist and indie-music collaborator, Mary Lattimore is set to transform the Utzon Room for one very special performance with guitarist Paul Sukeena.

Avant-garde, tender and inviting.

Rolling Stone

Avant-garde’s dream-weaving harpist makes her Sydney Opera House debut

With a sound capable of summoning melodic beauty and melancholy, Los Angeles-based harpist Mary Lattimore has been dazzling listeners and audiences with her layered dreamscapes for more than a decade. The classically trained musician builds sonic worlds out of strings, effects pedals and synthesiser loops, using her heavenly Lyon and Healy Concert Grand harp to experiment with sounds that flow in organic, unexpected ways, unfurling from quiet, reflective moments to expansive, enveloping vistas. 

After coming up through Philadelphia’s psychedelic folk scene of the mid-2000s, Lattimore made her solo debut in 2013 and has since released a string of acclaimed records, including Hundreds of Days (2018) and Silver Ladders (2020), collaborated with a artists like Sharon Van Etten, Jarvis Cocker, Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, Nick Cave and Meg Baird, and recorded soundtrack projects for films such as Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, Philippe Garrel’s Le Révélateur and Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Her much-anticipated new record, Goodbye, Hotel Arkada, which features members of The Cure and Slowdive, arrived in October.

This is Lattimore’s long-awaited Sydney Opera House debut. For her performance in the Utzon Room, she will be joined by guitarist Paul Sukeena, with whom she released the 2022 collaborative album West Kensington.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

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