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Help open the Opera House to everyone.

Evie loves music, theatre and performance. She is also autistic.

Neither Evie nor her family dreamt she would ever be able to see a show at the Sydney Opera House.

What made this possible was the generosity of people like you. Our donors enabled Evie to attend a special, autism-friendly performance of The King and I, an experience that changed her life, as her father David explains in the short film below.


The Opera House belongs to everyone, and everyone should have the opportunity to have an Opera House experience.

Louise Herron AM, CEO - Sydney Opera House

"Evie loves music and she loves performance… it has completely dominated all of her imagination – she is so excited by everything", David says. "The fact that a little girl who loves seeing a show can see a show - a show with beautiful songs and colour and movement that tells a story, a fundamentally human story – that means a lot."

Please make your gift today to ensure that everyone in our community is able to enjoy their own Opera House experience.

By making a gift, you help ensure those who face the greatest challenges are able to have the same inspiring experience of the arts that we take for granted.

Through your gift today, children and adults who are deaf or have a hearing impairment can follow every word of surtitled, live-captioned or AUSLAN-interpreted performances, or hear every word, sound and musical note through induction hearing loops and assisted listening devices provided by the Opera House.

Your gift allows children and adults who are blind or have low vision to experience performances right alongside other audience members with a live commentary of the performance delivered by trained Opera House volunteers.

And for children and adults with intellectual or sensory disabilities or who are on the autism spectrum, your gift provides specially-designed performances in a supportive, relaxed environment, free of restrictions they might otherwise face.

The Opera House is a not-for-profit organisation: we are only able to offer these programs through the generous gifts of people like you.

Evie is just one of many children with disability whom our donors have brought to the Opera House. Please make your gift today to help give those living with hearing, vision, physical or developmental disability their own Opera House experience.

Make your gift now 

Thank you for helping open the Opera House to everyone.

We know that Evie loves this kind of stuff - she loves music and she loves performance - and it reaches into her and creates a common bond of communication.
David Lord, parent

Contact the Philanthropy team

Please call +61 2 9250 7077 (9am - 5pm) or +61 2 9250 7777 (after hours) or email

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Young boy and other children dancing in an accessible performance

Open the doors of the Opera House to everyone

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