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Runa Cara

Freya Schack-Arnott and Bonnie Stewart (of Bonniesongs) perform an intimate set of new, transcendent music as part of their newly established duo Runa Cara. Their sound draws on their respective Danish and Irish heritage and Celtic and Scandinavian song traditions. This beautiful, ethereal set will include traditional Irish and Scandinavian folk songs as well as some original pieces, with Freya performing on Cello and Swedish folk instrument the Nyckelharpe, and Bonnie performing on guitar,  mandolin, percussion and vocals

In the Utzon Room | Folk Music

Keeping you safe

  • The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
  • Face masks are strongly recommended for patrons aged 12 years and over while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance.
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 meters whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.
  • There are new COVID-specific conditions of entry for audiences attending performances, including the digital check in of every person for contact tracing purposes. This includes the circumstances under which you must not attend the Opera House, and what’s required of you when you visit. Please read about them here.

“Some wonderful, magical arrangement in here. It’s a quirky one that shimmers with beauty.” 

Declan Byrne, Triple J Unearthed

Traditional Irish and
Scandinavian folk songs

Bonnie (Ireland/Aus percussionist and singer-songwriter aka. Bonniesongs) and Freya (Denmark/Aus cellist and nyckelharpist) present imaginative songs set to beautiful strings, percussion, harmonies and loops. Since their first collaboration at a creative intensive workshop in Tasmania, they’ve been mixing Bonnie’s angelic and new edge folk-pop with a wide range of dramatic and beautiful cello techniques. They can be heard on Bonnie's live EP Strings release along with violist Sascha Bota, and their collaboration is most recently featured on Bonnie’s Energetic Mind album.

Venue Information

The Opera House theatres are now being sold to 100% capacity under an exemption by the NSW Government. This includes all performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room.

Please help us to maintain safety by wearing your mask at all times inside the venue, remaining in your allocated seat and facing the stage. Please be aware that guests seated in your row may need to walk past you to get to their seat.

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, and should be consumed while seated in specific foyer spaces to maintain physical distancing. Drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues for most performances. Please note that unless advised otherwise, theatre bars will not be open during intervals. Drinking water is available at all times.

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 Wilson car park is open and available to use. Wilson Parking is currently offering a $10 discounted rate 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 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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