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Helena Rathbone & Friends


Helena Rathbone and Friends

Violin royalty Helena Rathbone unites with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Viola Christopher Moore, her colleague ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve and pianist Stefan Cassomenos in a recital not to be missed.

In the Utzon Room | Classical Music

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

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Pre-sale and on-sale information

Pre-sale timings:

    Insider Member Priority – 9am, Tuesday 21 June
    What’s On e-newsletter pre-sale – 9am, Wednesday 22 June

General public on sale 9am, Friday 24 June

Standard tickets $75 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction

Ticket Reserved Seating

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.

The authorised ticket agency for this event is Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below.

Suitable for all ages

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Children aged 0-23 months at the time of a performance may be seated on a parent’s lap free of charge.  All children occupying a seat or aged 2 year/s of age or older must hold a valid ticket.

"Cassomenos delivered a breathtakingly beautiful and iridescent performance"

Classic Melbourne


Indulge in an afternoon of fine music with friends

Performing works by Fauré, Clara Schumann and Brahms, Principal Violin of the Australian Chamber Orchestra Helena Rathbone is joined by present and former colleagues, ACO’s Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve, MSO’s Principal Viola Christopher Moore, and the exceptional Melbourne based pianist Stefan Cassomenos to perform.

It is an exceptional opportunity that we are privy to a rare collaboration between such incredible and in demand musicians in their own right, one which must be put down to their passion for the repertoire and undeniable chemistry as an ensemble.  

Don’t miss this fabulous program that brings exceptional artists and friends together.

Presented by Sydney Opera House


Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924)

Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15

I. Allegro molto moderato

II. Scherzo, Allegro vivo

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro molto


Clara Schumann (1819–1896)

Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22

I. Andante molto

II. Allegretto: Mit zartem Vortrage

III. Leidenschaftlich schnell


Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)

Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Scherzo: Allegro

III. Andante

IV. Finale: Allegro comodo


Artist Credits and Instruments

Helena Rathbone - Violin

Timo-Veikko Valve - Cello

Christopher Moore - Viola

Stefan Cassomenos - Piano




“This event was originally programmed to be performed in 2020. It was programmed at a time before COVID-19. Before the Metaverse. Before Wordle. So much has changed, and yet this repertoire is timeless. I look forward to being transported by this program at long last, performed by these incredible musicians and led by the inimitable Helena Rathbone.”

Casey Green, Utzon Music series curator

Meet the Musicians

Timo-Veikko 'Tipi' Valve Cello

Tipi studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and at the Edsberg Music Institute in Stockholm. He has appeared as a soloist with all the major orchestras in Finland, and as a chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. He has been the Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for 14 years. 

Tipi describes the cello as a flexible and adaptive instrument, both in its role in an ensemble or as a soloist across all forms of music.

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore Viola

Principal Viola of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Moore spent nine years travelling the globe as Principal Viola of Australian Chamber Orchestra. As romantic as that sounds, he missed his old chums Mahler, Schoenberg and Adès, and so returned to these and other old friends at the MSO.

Not surprisingly, Christopher’s wife and two daughters are pleased that Papa has hung up his rock star garb and come home to roost like their pet chickens. If you’re lucky, he may hand you a bona fide free-range egg; if you’re unlucky, you’ll be stuck hearing about how much he loves brewing beer and riding his bike into town from the suburbs, in an attempt to prevent his waistline expanding to the size of his chickens’ coop.

Christopher Moore plays a viola attributed to Giovanni Paolo Maggini dating from circa 1600-10 AD, loaned anonymously to the MSO.

Stefan Cassomenos, photo by Belinda Strodder

Stefan Cassomenos Piano

Melbourne pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos is one of Australia’s most vibrant and versatile musicians. He has been performing internationally since the age of 10, and with over 20 years’ experience representing Australia on the world stage, is now established as one of Australia’s leading pianists.

Cassomenos has regularly given solo recitals at a wide range of international venues and festivals, including Tonhalle Zurich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Beethoven Festival Bonn, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Bunkamura Orchard Hall Tokyo, and Junge Stars der Klassik Kirchheimbolanden. Cassomenos has performed for the Yamaha Music Foundation throughout Japan and Thailand, and for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Tokyo. He now performs regularly in Australia, Germany and the UK.

Helena Rathbone

Helena Rathbone Violin

Helena Rathbone grew up in North London in a family of musicians. She started playing the violin at the age of five with the London Suzuki group, and from the age of nine attended the ‘Pro Corda’ music camps on the Suffolk coast during the holiday season each year.

It was here that Helena developed her lifelong love of chamber music and performing in chamber orchestras. Helena went on to study at the Royal College of Music Junior department with Dona Lee Croft, and subsequently at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno. While in London she performed regularly with ensembles including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields before moving to Australia in 1994 to begin her first and only full-time job to date, as Principal Violin with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Concert Hall, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre, Utzon Room and Forecourt. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

Our foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Frequently asked questions – COVID-19 safety measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance and Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts. If you have already received your tickets, the venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. It is encouraged that you take your seats as soon as you arrive. 

If you are late, we will seat you as soon as we can and, where possible, in your allocated seat. However, to reduce movement in the venue as well as minimise disruption to the performance and other patrons, ticketholders may be seated in an allocated latecomer’s seat. Please be aware that some events have lock-out periods. In these cases, latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. On occasions, this may not be until the interval, or at all where there is no interval. 

Ticketholders must comply with the directions of Opera House ushers to assist with contact tracing.

Details of our right to refuse admission can be found in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Events.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

In line with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Cloaking facilities will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 60 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. However it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly to minimise contact and queuing. Any bags larger than an A4 piece of paper will need to be checked into the Cloak Room.

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event?

The authorised agency for this event is the Sydney Opera House. 

Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. If you purchase tickets from a non-authorised agency such as Ticketmaster Resale, Viagogo, Ticketbis, eBay, Gumtree, Tickets Australia or any other unauthorised seller you risk that these tickets are fake, void or have previously been cancelled. RESALE RESTRICTION APPLIES. For more details, please refer to our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events.

What if I can't come to my performance?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

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