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Simone Young conducts Mahler 2

Celebrating the Concert Hall

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra mark their return to the Concert Hall with Mahler’s mighty Second Symphony and new Chief Conductor Simone Young.

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Celebrating the Concert Hall

To celebrate a season of new beginnings, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra turn to Mahler’s mighty Second Symphony with new Chief Conductor, Simone Young. Mahler worked on this symphony in Hamburg as musical director for the Hamburg State Opera – the same company for which Simone Young recently held the same position. Popularly known as the Resurrection Symphony, it’s one of Mahler’s best known and most celebrated. A powerful, soul-shaking landscape of sound. A passionate and expansive journey that would eventually, in Mahler’s words, raise “to the highest heights.”

It’s a major endeavour and Mahler’s extraordinary use of voice adds an emotional intensity to the experience that delivers on his intentions. This is the perfect work to mark the Sydney Symphony’s return to one of the world’s most famous concert halls.

An exciting new work from First Nations composer William Barton also marks the spirit of the occasion and the site of the celebration.

WILLIAM BARTON Fifty Fanfares Commission
MAHLER Symphony No.2, Resurrection

Simone Young conductor
Nicole Car soprano
Michelle DeYoung mezzo-soprano
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
The Sydney Children’s Choir
Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Venue Information

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

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for 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.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a six min walk to the Opera House. 

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