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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.  

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Sydney-based Erth is internationally recognised as an innovator of physical and visual theatre, and a creator of brave, unbridled work for children.

Diary of One Who Disappeared was recorded live in the Joan Sutherland Theatre and premiered online as part of the Sydney Opera House's digital season. 

Join us in our ambition

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

Thank you to our New Work Now donors. 

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.