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A whole world of music, dance, theatre, ideas and more is on stage at the Sydney Opera House. Before you see everything that's on, here are just a few highlights that we wouldn't want you to miss.

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Nick Murphy at Vivid LIVE 2017

Hit-maker Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker will create a brand new ‘in-the-round’ performance exclusively for Vivid LIVE, the contemporary music takeover of the Sydney Opera House that’s part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. Other highlights include AIR, Fleet Foxes, The Avalanches, Beth Orton, Laura Marling and plenty more.

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Blood-pumping, Ground-breaking

Faster by The Australian Ballet

Inspired by the Olympic motto "Faster, Higher, Stronger", David Bintley's Faster headlines a triple bill by The Australian Ballet that will push dancers to the limits of expression and athleticism. Bintley's work, to be performed for the first time in Australia, is followed by Wayne McGregor's Infra and the world-premiere of Tim Harbour's Squander and Glory.

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Breath-taking, Heart-stirring

La Traviata

The Sydney Morning Herald gave Opera Australia's production of Verdi's masterpiece five stars and said it would be "hard to find a better way to celebrate its enduring power to move and inspire." Limelight said Ermonela Jaho's Violetta will break your heart. Don't miss this production of the world's most popular opera.

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Spell-binding, astonishing

Richard 3

Bell Shakespeare's Richard 3 is "everything you want in a Shakespeare," according to Sydney Arts Guide. Kate Mulvany's performance of the title role is being described as spell-binding, amazing and astonishing.  Read our interview with one of Australia's most extraordinary actors. 

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The Creators

Our seven flagship companies present the best of the Australian performing arts while our own presenting arm offers the best of now.  Meet the performers and presenters who call the Opera House their home.