The Opera House’s Contemporary Music program presents artists both esteemed and beloved, singular voices performing in one of the major art forms of our time on one of the world’s most iconic stages, from the legends of today to those of tomorrow.
From in-the-round visual extravaganzas in the Concert Hall, immersive recitals in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, and ground-breaking electronic music and audio-visual events in the intimate Studio, our Head of Contemporary Music Ben Marshall has programmed a wide range of iconoclasts from across Australia and around the world to perform under the Opera House sails.
The Concert Hall, a venue often associated with art forms like opera and classical music, attracts over 100,000 contemporary music-lovers each year to hear artists such as Nick Cave, Solange, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Ludovico Einaudi, Brian Wilson, Lizzo, Sufjan Stevens, Moses Sumney, Bon Iver, and Mary J. Blige.
The Opera House Forecourt is one of the world's most spectacular outdoor stages and has been home to legendary moments with Lorde, Chet Faker, Tame Impala, and Paul Kelly.
The Opera House’s signature Contemporary Music festival Vivid LIVE continues to present a curated line-up of leading and boundary-pushing artists, and looks forward to returning in 2021.