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Performing Arts

Your gift transforms lives through the performing arts

Singing, dancing, playing music, the spoken word – all of us have experienced the power of the arts to inspire, challenge, uplift, and shape who we are.

For more than four decades, the Opera House has showcased the very best of Australian and international classical and contemporary music, dance and theatre, talks and ideas, and Indigenous culture. 

Your gift today helps to make sure that the Opera House can continue to transform lives through the performing arts.

Give now or learn more below about your gift for the performing arts.  

Singing, dancing, playing music, the spoken word – all of us have experienced the power of the arts to inspire, challenge, uplift, and shape who we are.

For more than four decades, the Opera House has showcased the very best of Australian and international classical and contemporary music, dance and theatre, talks and ideas, and Indigenous culture. 

Your gift today helps to make sure that the Opera House can continue to transform lives through the performing arts.

Give now or learn more below about your gift for the performing arts.  

Dance Rites: your gift for Indigenous culture

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Renée Fleming at the Opera House, 2015. Image: Jamie Williams

Opera

The world's greatest singers – Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Lisa Gasteen, Emma Kirkby, Susan Bullock, Susan Graham, Les Arts Florissants, The Sixteen and many more – have thrilled Australian audiences at their Opera House-presented performances.

Make your gift today to help the Opera House continue to present the world's best.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, 2013. Image: Prudence Upton

Classical Music

The world’s great orchestras –  Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Berlin Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, I Musici – and classical artists – Nigel Kennedy, Cameron Carpenter, Steve Reich, Joanna McGregor and Florian Boesch, and many more – have all inspired Australian audiences at their Opera House-presented performances.

Make your gift today to help the Opera House continue to present the world's best.

Crowded House and their triumphant reunion on the Forecourt in 2016. Image: Daniel Boud

Contemporary Music

So many great contemporary artists – Laurie Anderson, Mary J Blige, Leonard Cohen, Crowded House, Bob Dylan, Florence + The Machine, Lauren Hill, Kraftwerk, Nile Rodgers, Prince, Steve Reich, Patti Smith, Sting, Stone Roses, and so many more than can be listed here –  have blown away Australian audiences at their Opera House-presented performances.

Make your gift today to help the Opera House continue to present the world's best.

Mark Morris Dance Group at the Opera House, 2015. Image: Prudence Upton

Dance

The best of contemporary dancers – Akram Khan Dance Company, DV8, Hofesh Schechter Company, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, María Pagés, Mark Morris Dance Group, Nederlands Dans Theater, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sylvie Guillem, TAO Dance Theatre, Hiroaki Umeda, Eva Yerbabuena, and more – have all moved Australian audiences at their Opera House-presented performances.

Make your gift today to help the Opera House continue to present the world's best.

Dance Rites, 2016. Image: Daniel Boud

First Nations

The most exciting First Nations cultural experiences are an essential part of the Opera House. Songlines, which turned the Opera House’ sails into an an animated canvas of contemporary Australian Indigenous art in 2016, was experienced online by more than six millon people worldwide. Homeground brings a celebration of First Nations music, dance and culture to more than 10,000 people every year in an annual free, outdoor festival, with Dance Rites as its centrepiece (see case study above).

Make your gift today to help the Opera House continue to present the world's best.

Jennifer Saunders - Ideas at the House, 2014. Image: Prudence Upton

Talks and Ideas

The world’s leading thinkers and cultural creators – Aung San Suu Kyi, Julian Assange , Alain de Botton, Noam Chomsky, Richard Dawkins, Geena Davis, Stephen Fry, Julia Gillard, Elizabeth Gilbert, Stephen Hawking, Paul Keating, Naomi Klein, Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Yoko Ono, Jennifer Saunders, David Suzuki, Alice Waters, John Waters, Wim Wenders, and hundreds more, have stimulated and provoked Australian audiences at their Opera House-presented appearances.

Make your gift today to help the Opera House continue to present the world's best.