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New Work Now

Bringing Australian artists to the world

Sydney Opera House is the symbol of Australia. It has a singular capacity and responsibility to present Australian artists to the nation and to the world.

Our New Work Now donors help us invest in Australian artists to create and present bold new works across genres, for diverse audiences, that bring people together through sharing uniquely Australian stories.

New Work Now donors share in the creative process with exclusive updates about current and future commissions from our Director of Programming and senior producers, and are invited to experience each new work as it premieres at the Opera House.

Commissioning New Work Now donors enjoy prominent recognition through named acknowledgment and, in addition to exclusive updates and invitations, have access to the artists during the creative development.

In the last year, our New Work Now donors have enabled 12 new presentations on our physical and digital stages, with over 20 more works in development for presentation over the next three years.

How it works

In New Work Now, we work with acclaimed small companies and independent artists who would not otherwise be able to reach national and international audiences in the way the Opera House can.

With the financial support made possible through our New Work Now donors, we can take the risk to give these artists and their works greater exposure by presenting them on the Opera House’s physical and digital stages.

Through our donors, we enable more people to experience these artists’ works, we bring the works to the attention of the media, and we inspire other Australian artists to make new works that tell our shared stories.

Join us

For over 20 years, Sydney Opera House has presented its own contemporary and classical program. Each year, we present more than half of all performances at the Opera House, reaching a third of all Opera House audiences. We deliver over 800 productions attended by more than 400,000 people across a broad range of artforms for audiences of all ages. 

Sydney Opera House, a Deductible Gift Recipient, raises all funds itself for its artistic programming from non-government sources.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss a commission with you.


Crispin Rice
Head of Philanthropy
Sydney Opera House 
T: 02 9250 7077

Commissions Enabled by Our New Work Now Donors

Centre For Creativity

What the Ocean Said (World Premiere)
James Brown and collaborators
Enabled by Jane & Russell Kift and by the Turnbull Foundation

Bulnuruwanha (Taking Flight) (World Premiere)
Emily Flannery
Enabled by Suzi and Phill Wolanski AM 

Children & Families

Footlights and Booklights – Pia Miranda reads Bin Chicken
Sydney Opera House
Enabled by Kathy and Greg Shand AO

Footlights and Booklights – Hunter Page-Lochard reads Edward the Emu
Sydney Opera House
Enabled by Kathy and Greg Shand AO

Footlights and Booklights – The Umbilical Brothers read The Prince and the Witch and the Thief and the Bears
Sydney Opera House
Enabled by Kathy and Greg Shand AO

ARC  (World Premiere)
Enabled by Jillian Segal AO & John Roth on behalf of Yarranabbe Foundation

The Bright Side of Bum Town (World Premiere)
Frieda Lee

Children & Families – past commissions

There's a Sea In My Bedroom (World Premiere)
Sydney Opera House and Australian Chamber Orchestra 


Finding Our Voice (World Premiere)
William Barton with SIMA Ensemble
Enabled by Suzi and Phill Wolanski AM

Classical – past commissions

Woman in an orange dress playing the flute

Composing Songlines

Ensemble Offspring
Digital presentation enabled by The Goodridge Foundation

Diary of One Who Disappeared (World Premiere)
Sydney Chamber Opera
Enabled by Prof Ross Steele AM

Woman playing violin in an empty theatre

New Australian Classical
Sydney Opera House

Omega Ensemble playing in an empty theatre

Gordon Kerry's Clarinet Quintet (World Premiere)
Omega Ensemble 

Contemporary Performance

Contemporary Performance – past commissions

James Galea’s Best Trick Ever (World Premiere)
Enabled by Taylor Construction Group and Comvision Security Solutions

Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art – Past Commissions

Deborah Kelly, Lex Lindsay, and collaborators
Creative development for Sydney Opera House enabled by Janne Ryan and Arrow

Two women reach their hands out to each other

Play Proximus
Cherine Fahd

A Proxy for a Thousand Eyes (World Premiere)
Cherine Fahd

Digital Programming

Outlines Part I - RJ RMX (World Premiere) 
Sydney Opera House

Outlines Part II – Apotheosis (World Premiere)
Serwah Attafuah x Soft Centre pres. Apotheosis with ptwiggs & Lydia Kivela 

Contemporary Music

Contemporary Music – Past Commissions

Ziggy Ramo performs for From Our House To Yours

Black Thoughts (World Premiere)
Ziggy Ramo
Presented by Sydney Opera House 

In the Mood – A Love Letter to Wong Kar-wai & Hong Kong (World Premiere)
Rainbow Chan, Eugene Choi & Marcus Whale

First Nations    

Indigenous World Art Orchestra presented by Sydney Opera House
Creative development enabled by Quayclean

First Nations – Past Commissions

DOBBY (World Premiere)
Presented by Sydney Opera House


How To Live (After You Die) (World Premiere season)
Lynette Wallworth
Co-commissioned by RISING, THE OFFICE performing arts + film, and Sydney Opera House
Enabled for Sydney Opera House by Ann Sherry AO & Michael Hogan

MotherTongue, MotherLand by Sunny Kim (World Premiere)

Unwrapped+ – Past Commissions

Sky Blue Mythic (World Premiere)
Angela Goh

Sky Blue Mythic (World Premiere)
Angela Goh

Crush (World Premiere)
Branch Nebula 
Enabled by the Sydney Opera House Executive Team

Founding Supporter

Prof Ross Steele AM

Production Patrons

Rae Assender
Prof Ross Steele AM
Ingrid Kaiser
Taylor Construction Group


Nora Goodridge OAM
Jane & Russell Kift
Sheli Lubowski
Helen Lynch AM & Helen Bauer
Nicholas Moore
Jillian Segal AO
Kathy & Greg Shand AO
Ann Sherry AO & Michael Hogan
Lucy Turnbull AO & The Hon Malcolm Turnbull AC
Suzy & Phillip Wolanski AM
Ashton Raggatt McDougall
Tonkin Zulaika Greer


Vera Boyarsky
Canny Quine Foundation
The Hon Helen Coonan
Phillip Cornwell & Cecilia Rice
Michael & Manuela Darling
Michael Ebeid AM
Robert Hansen & Annabelle Farnsworth
Tony Grybowski
Dan Mackenzie
Deborah Mailman AM
Alexandra Martin
Carina Martin
Deidre & Kevin McCann AO
Eitan Neishlos
David Redhill
Janne Ryan
Jacqueline Scheinberg
Penelope Seidler AM
Joseph Skrzynski AO
Zandra Stanton
Sydney Opera House Ladies' Committee
Charlie Taylor
Phil Vernon
Sara Watts
Scott Carver
Ryan Wilks

At July 2021

Your Opera House.

For now, forever, for everyone.