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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.

Mind-expanding, Jaw-dropping

Vivid LIVE - Lighting the Sails

Dive deep into a world of beautiful colour and sound when the annual Lighting of the Sails signals Vivid LIVE in on at Sydney Opera House. A celebration of contemporary music - and part of the Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas – Vivid LIVE’s line-up includes Nick Murphy fka Chet Faker, AIR, Fleet Foxes, The Avalanches, Beth Orton, Laura Marling and a stack more of ambitious popular music.

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World-famous, Glamourous

The Nutcracker by The Australian Ballet

Graeme Murphy’s The Nutcracker - The Story of Clara is one of The Australian Ballet’s masterpieces. The story of Clara, a ballerina with the Ballets Russes, it pirouettes from the shimmer of an Australian summer to the opulence of Tsarist Russia. Twenty-five years since it first amazed audiences, reminisce and rediscover a revolutionary classic.

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Incisive, Sharp-witted

STC’s Talk

The world premiere of Jonathan Biggins’ new play has sparked plenty of debate. Talk is a satirical comedy about a serious topic – the decline of quality journalism, the lingering power of shock jocks and the emerging force of social media. Starring John Waters as a radio host with Sydney in the palm of his hand.

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Off-the-hook, Off-the-charts

Hot Brown Honey

You ready for this Hot Brown Honey? This all-female troupe of First Nations fierceness sold out when they first performed at the Opera House last year. This time round they’re raising the temperature a notch and making even more noise. As the Guardian put it: “Smashing the patriarchy has never seemed quite so much fun.”

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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.