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How donors have shaped the stories we tell

Art, Music & Dementia

New Work Now

Bringing Australian artists to the world

We spoke to four local artists about their experience creating new work in 2020, enabled by our New Work Now donors. 

This year, these donors continue to 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, on our physical and digital stages.

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Isabella at the Opera House

Access program

Art, Music & Dementia

We know that music has a positive effect on the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers. 

Now we are discovering that works of art, stories, and hands-on activities make the music even more powerful. 

This is the exciting difference the Art, Music and Dementia pilot is exploring. 

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Isabella at the Opera House

Access program

“It was the best show ever!”

Isabella is a bright, vivacious, five year old – and congenitally blind.  When she came to the Opera House to experience Possum Magic, the show was as exciting and fulfilling for her as for any other five year old with the help of our specially-trained guide - from the soaring sails to the vegemite sandwich! 

Enabled by our donors, our Access program makes sure everyone can have their own Opera House experience. 

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Sydney Opera House Ladies' Committee

Donor-enabled acquisition

50 years on, a piece of history comes home

Jørn Utzon always intended the interiors of the Opera House to be filled with the work of the great artists of his day. 

In 2016, with the help of our valued donors, we became one step closer to realising his vision.

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Arts Assist

Serenity at the Opera House

“My favourite thing about coming to the Opera House was seeing how big it was, because I’ve never actually seen it in person.” 

For 11 year old Serenity, her first visit to the Opera House uncovered a world of possibilities beyond the classroom and daily life. Through our donor-enabled Arts Assist program, she experienced the wonder of live performance and excitement of the iconic building. 

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Sydney Opera House Ladies' Committee

Our donors

Our digital pioneers

With an appetite for history, a love of the performing arts and a relationship lasting since our doors opened, the Wolanskis have an enduring presence in the Opera House’s history.

Pioneers of digital programming, The Wolanski Foundation has enabled us to share the excitement and awe of the Opera House, far beyond its walls. 

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Sydney Opera House Ladies' Committee

Donor collective

Art Assembly: Jason Phu

Thank you to our contributing Sydney Opera House donors and the ARROW Collective for its support in securing philanthropic seed funding for Art Assembly in association with Antidote 2019.

Sydney-based artist Jason Phu brought his performance and installation, Procession in the Warming Light/Procession in the Rising Darkness to the Western Broadwalk, to explore human responsibility for climate change. 

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Peter Weiss AO

Our donors

“My greatest joy is to give”

We asked the late Peter Weiss if he would help bring to life a long-held dream –  to provide professional rehearsal rooms for our largest venue, which is in use almost 365 days a year but has no dedicated artist practice spaces.

Without hesitation, Peter agreed.

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Sydney Opera House Ladies' Committee

Fundraising group

Ladies of the House

After 62 years of fundraising and showing no signs of slowing down, the Sydney Opera House Ladies' Committee is one of our largest sources of philanthropic support, advocating to ensure the Opera House will remain open to everyone, forever.

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New donor group

Daring art with The Brave

Among our Opera House donors, The Brave are those who help us to champion new art, ideas, artists, and art forms – great works of today and works that will shape tomorrow.

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Powerful filmmaking

For Arthur Jafa, Black art is the heart of America

Our donor-enabled visual art program brought the groundbreaking artist and filmmaker to Sydney.

First Nations celebration

An interactive guide to Dance Rites

Get to know the inspiring, donor-enabled First Nations dance competition.

Asian physical theatre

Vietnam’s villages bloom into a city in À Ố Làng Phố

Our Brave donors helped present Tuan Le's new circus which challenges how we see Asia.

Legendary musical

Return to the Age of Aquarius

Reminiscing on the 1969 Sydney opening night of HAIR.  Our 50th anniversary production is supported by The Vine Foundation.

Thank you for your gift.

You play a vital role in treasuring and renewing the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences and visitors, and ensuring the Opera House is open for everyone, for ever. Thank you to our generous donors.