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Katie Noonan

& The Australian String Quartet

The Glad Tomorrow

Katie Noonan is one of Australia’s most powerful voices. In her new album The Glad Tomorrow she brings together the Australian String Quartet, the poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal and ten Australian composers in a musical collaboration like no other. Don’t miss the world premiere performance of this stunning artistic achievement.   

In the Concert Hall, our largest venue | View Seat Map

“Katie is like the voice I have in my dreams. Soaring and no note too impossible to reach. Her voice is the sound of wonder to me.”

Kate Ceberano

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The best of Australian words and music in a world premiere

This is a story of three women whose lives intertwine through poetry, music and hope.

For more than 20 years, Katie Noonan has been one of Australia’s most successful musical talents, winning five ARIA Awards, going Platinum seven times, fronting bands Elixir and George, and releasing over a dozen studio albums.

As a child, Katie was inspired by acclaimed poet and Minjerriba woman Oodgeroo Noonuccal. Oodgeroo’s bestselling words and ardent activism left an ongoing legacy that is now honoured in Katie’s latest album The Glad Tomorrow, which will be performed live for the very first time at Sydney Opera House.

Katie will be joined on stage by the exceptional Australian String Quartet and Australian actress and Oodgeroo’s great granddaughter Kaleenah Edwards who will perform the poems live.

Some of Australia’s best known composers have contributed to the music of The Glad Tomorrow. In the world premiere performance of these new works, experience brand new composition by familiar names including Carl Vine, Elena Kats-Chernin, Richard Tognetti, Iain Grandage, and David Hirschfelder.

Don’t miss this inspiring, uplifting and utterly unforgettable musical experience.

Presented by Sydney Opera House


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The Glad Tomorrow Concert Program

  1. The Curlew Cried (© Oodgeroo Noonuccal/Thomas Green)
  2. Then and Now (© Oodgeroo Noonuccal/Carl Vine)
  3. Son Of Mine (© Oodgeroo Noonuccal/Richard Tognetti) 
  4. Song (© Oodgeroo Noonuccal/Iain Grandage)
  5. Balance (© Oodgeroo Noonuccal/Robert Davidson)
  6. String Quartet No 2 in E minor (© Connor D’Netto)


  1. Peter Sculthorpe String Quartet No 11 “Jabiru Dreaming” (© Peter Sculthorpe)
  2. Tree Grave (© Oodgeroo Noonuccal/Elena Kats-Chernin)
  3. United We Win (© Oodgeroo Noonuccal/William Barton)
  4. Dawn Wail for the Dead (© Oodgeroo Noonuccal/Connor D’Netto)
  5. No More Boomerang (© Oodgeroo Noonuccal/David Hirschfelder)
  6. A Song of Hope (© Oodgeroo Noonuccal/Katie Noonan)
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Tickets and Prepaid Food & Beverage

Add a drinks voucher or drinks with a cheese platter to your purchase and redeem it at any of the foyer bars inside the Opera House – perfect for a pre-show or interval refreshment.

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Tour & Dine

Join us for a meal at Opera Bar before or after your guided Sydney Opera House Tour. We’ve picked our favourites - beer battered fish & chips, rump steak or a seasonal vegetarian meal option*. No reservations needed.

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