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Ballet Preljocaj's Snow White, with costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier. Image: Jean-Claude Carbonne

Daring art from
The Brave

Forging the future of our society has always been the work of the brave, those with the vision, imagination and daring to realise the new.

Among our Opera House supporters, 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. Our Brave supporters help us to showcase innovative and emerging work across our contemporary programming streams of Music, Performance, Talks and Ideas, and Visual Art. 

Bravery is in the Opera House’s DNA – a building created ‘on the edge of the possible’, to quote its architect Jørn Utzon, and recognised by its  UNESCO World Heritage listing as ‘a daring and visionary experiment’.

That bravery is also embedded in the art we present. Our artistic goal is ‘to be unmissable’, and to deliver experiences that take our audiences  out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. Throughout the House, we are mining the present and exploring the future, from large-scale contemporary music festivals to weekends of talks & ideas, from cutting edge hybrid performance to future classics in dance and song. We live in a moment of enormous excitement and potential. It is a moment to be Brave: to support and champion the work that will continue to transform the Sydney Opera House, the symbol of modern Australia.

The Brave showcases our contemporary programming streams of Music, Performance, Talks & Ideas, and Visual Art. Four selected programs throughout the year are aligned to the Brave:

Selected programming 2019-20

À Ố Làng Phố - 12-15 June 2019, Joan Sutherland Theatre

All About Women – Sunday 08 March 2020

Ballet BC's Romeo + Juliet - Wednesday 10 June - Sunday 14 June 2020

Antidote festival – 2020 date and line-up to be announced

Thank you to our Braves

Dr Eileen Ong, Clark Butler & Louise Herron AM, Helen Lynch AM & Helen Bauer, Kate & Peter Mason AM, Damian Borchok, The Hon Helen Coonan, Julian Knights AO, Ross Steele AM, Lucy Turnbull AO & The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, Phillip Wolanski AM. 

The Opera House’s Idealists and Friends donors are listed here.

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Read about shows enabled by The Brave

À Ố Làng Phố performing

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

Tuan Le’s story begins in Vietnam but takes a 23-year detour through Europe before returning home to Vietnam, where he now lives. In June 2019, he visited Sydney for the first time as the director of À Ố Làng Phố. Tuan spoke to Backstage about his artistic practice, how he came to work in the circus, and how his cultural identity informed his performing arts career.

A reading guide to Antidote

The Sydney Opera House’s festival of ideas, action and change is back. To mark its return, we've created a special episode of It’s a Long Story, unpacking some of the people and ideas you can expect to meet at the festival. Now you can dive even deeper into our 2019 lineup, with this handy reading list.