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Sir Charles Mackerras conducts the Sydney Symphony at the opening of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, 29 September 1973
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Inside/Out at the House: Symphony Spectacular

As the Sydney Opera House celebrates its 50th birthday, we look back at the central role the Sydney Symphony has played in the life of this world-famous building.

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Joshua Bell brings life or death virtuosity to the Sydney Opera House

Fireworks are guaranteed when the Academy of St Martin in the Fields meets the thrilling vitality of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Bach and more in three exciting programmes led by the Academy’s Music Director, Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, as part of the Sydney Opera House’s 50th Birthday Festival.

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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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Adventures in Chamber Music: Your Guide to the Utzon Music 2024

The Utzon Music Series returns in 2024 with an exciting array of chamber music featuring some of Australia’s favourite artists alongside exciting international guests, many of whom are making their Sydney Opera House debut in the House’s most intimate venue.

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Tognetti & Greenwood talk Indies & Idols

Anwen Crawford talks to ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood about “bringing a generation of contemporary composers together with their influences”.

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Bringing the senses to life

The Australian Chamber Orchestra present Luminous, a multi-sensory visual feast in collaboration with photographer Bill Henson and singer-songwriter Lior

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The blessing (and curse) of Bach’s Goldberg Variations

For harpsichordist Erin Helyard playing Bach’s sacred works is like playing Hamlet.

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Inside/Out at the House: this all-new classical festival is taking over Bennelong Point

Get ready for seven extraordinary nights beneath the sails and the stars. Inside/Out at the House is taking over Bennelong Point this May to celebrate our 50th anniversary.

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“Rebirth and resurrection”

Who better to help reopen the heart of the Opera House than William Barton? The celebrated Kalkadunga musician estimates he has played the venue over 300 times. This week, with clapsticks made from wood salvaged from the stage, he'll perform with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in a triumphant return to the Concert Hall.

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Classical Music at the House

Powerful performances and candid conversations taking centre stage at the Sydney Opera House.

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Tuning the grandest of all instruments

Terry Harper is pitch perfect when preparing Sydney Opera House pianos for the greats.

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Max Richter's performs Sleep in the Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer at Vivid LIVE 2016. Image: Teresa Tan
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Revisiting Max Richter’s Sleep

Watch a short film from the eight-hour overnight performance, documented at Vivid LIVE 2016.

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Could this 8-hour lullaby help you conquer a good night’s sleep?

Ahead of the streaming debut of Max Richter's 'Sleep', sleep scientist Professor Danny Eckert, in partnership with neuroscientist and author David Eagleman, writes on why a full night's rest is an all-important pursuit.

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Keaton Henson: What does anxiety sound like?

Celebrated folk musician Keaton Henson has tackled his illness head on, creating a six part symphony chronicling the different stages of anxiety and trauma.

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Nicholas Buc and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing Star Wars: A New Hope in concert.
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Star Wars: From silver screen to symphony

We caught up with live score conductor Nicholas Buc who took us through the complex process of adapting films for live musical performances, and the endless inspiration of the Star Wars films.

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The last hallelujah

The Sydney Philharmonia Choirs celebrate their 100th year and a new residency at the Opera House.

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Tempo primo

Remembering the Sydney Symphony's greatest Opera House moments.

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Steve Reich reorchestrated

After three decades, the composer returns to the orchestral form for a new work with the Sydney Symphony.