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Ideas at the House

Live talks from, and conversations with, the world’s greatest minds and culture creators.

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Unearthing untold stories from behind-the-scenes of the world-famous arts centre.

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Love List: Jonathan Biss

Discover a selection of profound and moving recordings of Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven from renowned teacher, writer and co-Artistic Director of Marlboro Music, Jonathan Biss.

Music for... Writing a pop musical

This playlist, curated by Yve, is a salad of songs that led her to the sound of FANGIRLS. "Prepare for chaos."

Music for... Séances

Let Courtney Act be your guide to getting witchy. A playlist for the next time you're trying to get in touch with the world beyond the veil.

My Podcast Playlist: Amy Thunig

Podcasts for learning, reflecting and processing – brought to you by a semi-regional lifestyle with long commutes. Amy Thunig is a Gamilaroi yinarr (woman), academic, writer and All About Women 2022 speaker.

My Podcast Playlist: Jamila Rizvi

First up in our new series asking Opera House guests for their top podcast picks is Jamila Rizvi – the author, presenter and political commentator appearing at All About Women.

Love List: Julie Andrews

For this Love List, to celebrate her show Becoming Eliza, Anna Byrne has curated a list of songs around her idol and former director, Julie Andrews.

‘Music for... Road Trips’ by Bonobo

To celebrate the release of Fragments, we asked the electronic wizard to put together a playlist. Aptly, as the backing track for many an Australian summer adventure, he chose the theme of road trips. Buckle up and enjoy.

‘Music for... Your heart in the dark’ by Liz Martin

"One of my favourite places to listen to music is in the cinema, wrapped in darkness..." Captivating local talent Liz Martin has curated a playlist of songs featured in films by Pedro Almodóvar, her favourite filmmaker.

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Music for... Love’ by Budjerah

Teen sensation and Coodjinburra man Budjerah has themed his playlist around love, and all the daydreaming and sweet talking that comes with a budding romance.

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‘Music for... Painting a dragon on a cloudy day in lockdown’ by Ninajirachi

Ahead of her set for our new digital music series Liminal, Ninajirachi has curated a playlist of perseverance and imagination: “new and old(er) music that made me feel nice while i was stuck inside and soundtracked the creation of a dragon painting on a cloudy day.”

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‘Love List: Piano’ by Chris Abrahams

Chris Abraham has curated a playlist of his favourite piano tunes, to celebrate his Liminal show at the Opera House. Strap in for an eclectic Love List to the keys, courtesy of a grandmaster.

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Love List: Vivid LIVE 2022

Vivid LIVE Curator Ben Marshall has put together a Love List of tunes from this year's festival – 42 tracks from across the epic line up. Get taken on an exciting safari of soul-stirring sounds from across the country and abroad.

‘Music for... Immersion’ by DeepFaith

It takes a special sort of playlist to work in Henryk Górecki, Deftones and Queen and still make perfect sense... This is a listening experience like none other, courtesy of Daniel Stricker and the team from DeepFaith.

‘Music for... Getting through’ by Maina Doe

“The playlist is an exploration of vibrations I feel are most relevant to the experience of this last lockdown. These melodies really got me through the highs and lows.”

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Music for... An Afro Future’ by Sampa The Great

Imagining a world of creativity and culture beyond the confines of colonialism, game-changing MC and poet Sampa The Great has put together a playlist for An Afro Future ahead of her exclusive performance at Vivid LIVE 2021.

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Music for... Pride, Power & Protest’ by DOBBY

“A small sample of our abundant blak excellence” courtesy of Indigenous rapper and drummer DOBBY.

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‘Love List: Dubfluences’ by Nils Frahm & F.S.Blumm

To celebrate the release of Nils Frahm and F.S.Blumm's new dub-inspired record, 2X1=4, the duo have curated a list of contemporary dub tracks that have influenced them.

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Love List: Steve Reich’ by Nicolette Fraillon AM

We asked The Australian Ballet's Music Director and Chief Conductor Nicolette Fraillon AM to pick her favourite Steve Reich works.

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Love List: Art Music’ by Claire Edwardes

Ensemble Offspring Artistic Director Claire Edwardes dedicates a playlist to the composers of electro-acoustic-minimal art music that inspired the Mesmerism program.

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Love List: Classic Choral’ by Brett Weymark

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs' Artistic & Music Director Brett Weymark highlights the choral and classical masterpieces that have moved him, and shaped his life and career.

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‘Love List: Sydney Symphony Orchestra’ by the Orchestra

To celebrate the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's return to our Concert Hall with their 2022 season, we asked the Orchestra to make a Love List with their season highlights.

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Love List: Chamber Opera’ by Jack Symonds

Sydney Chamber Opera's Artistic Director Jack Symonds introduces us to the chamber opera genre and beyond, in this playlist featuring key repertoire and some of the company's favourite works to perform.

Music for... a Coltrane state of mind’ by Godriguez

Godriguez – the guitarist and frontman of Sydney’s own psychedelic jazz explorers GODTET – compiled this playlist following the band's cosmic reimagining of John Coltrane's 'Giant Steps' on the Digital Stage.

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Love List: The Rat Pack’ by The Tap Pack

Thomas J. Egan and Jordan Pollard, Co-Creators of The Tap Pack, choose some of their favourite tunes from the greats; Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr and more.

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Music for... Rewinding’ by Gordi

Sophie Payten – the folk-pop singer and producer known as Gordi – compiles the playlist 'Music for... Rewinding', a reminder to take the time to rewind and recentre.

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Music for... Isolation’ by Sarah Blasko

An “introspective collection for a late night listen” courtesy of Sarah Blasko – listen to the latest playlist in our new series on Spotify.

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Love List: Punk/Post-Punk’ by Low Life

Cristian and Mitch from post-punk lords Low Life have written a Love List to the Australian bands who have shaped them, excited them and geed them up over the years.

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Love List: Great Opera Hits’ by Guy Noble

Know your Nessun Dormas from your Habaneras? Find out what makes a 'great opera hit' in this special playlist curated by conductor, composer and broadcaster Guy Noble.

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Music for... Storytelling’ by Steve Francis (Bangarra)

A long-time close collaborator with Bangarra Dance Theatre, Steve Francis has a keen ear for music that is ripe for narrative - scores, soundtracks and compositions that tell stories, that preserve history, that move us.

Music for... Tomorrow’ by Becca Hatch

Western Sydney singer/songwriter Becca Hatch curates a playlist of artists who represent the future through their own varied expressions. 

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‘Love List: Australian Classical’ by Casey Green

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.

‘Music for... The new Australia’ by BLESSED

A musical enigma on the verge of superstardom, Ghana-born Sydney-sider BLESSED has curated a playlist of emerging local talent in the R&B and hip hop space that will blow your mind.

‘Love List: Opera House memories’ by Cosmo’s Midnight

To celebrate Cosmo's Midnight's recent live show and the return of live music at the Opera House, Sydney’s electropop heroes pick their favourite tracks from all the artists they've seen perform in our venues in the past.

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