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Join The Greats today

When you join the Opera House’s classical music donor group,
you experience the world’s greatest orchestras on and off stage, and
help young Australian musicians share that experience

Presenting international artists of the highest calibre in a large-scale orchestra at the Sydney Opera House is a thrilling, enormous, and rewarding undertaking.

With your tax-deductible gift to the Opera House’s international orchestras program, you:

  • Help bring the world’s best musicians to the Opera House  
  • Enable our education program for young Australian musicians;
  • Join a community of donors who share your passion; and
  • Enjoy an insider’s view of our orchestras program, with unique opportunities to engage with the artists.

Joining The Greats

We invite you to join the Greats donors with your gift today, suggested at:

$25,000
Meet the Maestro

  • Be acknowledged by name for your generosity alongside the Opera House’s Idealist donors.
  • Attend our acclaimed engagement program for young Australian music students, who have the opportunity to work with members of our visiting orchestra – see below.
  • Attend the opening night pre-concert reception with Opera House’s invited guests.
  • Attend the closing night post-concert drinks with members of the orchestra.
  • Be acknowledged by name for your generosity as one of The Greats.
  • Take part in the Opera House’s year-round engagement program for its supporters.
  • Join the Opera House’s closest supporters for a private dinner with the Maestros of our visiting orchestras, including Maestro Daniel Barenboim.

 

$10,000
Join us for the year 

  • Be acknowledged by name for your generosity alongside the Opera House’s Idealist donors.
  • Attend our acclaimed engagement program for young Australian music students, who have the opportunity to work with members of our visiting orchestra – see below.
  • Attend the opening night pre-concert reception with Opera House’s invited guests.
  • Attend the closing night post-concert drinks with members of the orchestra.
  • Be acknowledged by name for your generosity as one of The Greats.
  • Take part in the Opera House’s year-round engagement program for its supporters.

$5,000
Join us for opening night

  • Be acknowledged by name for your generosity alongside the Opera House’s Idealist donors.
  • Attend our acclaimed engagement program for young Australian music students, who have the opportunity to work with members of our visiting orchestra – see below.
  • Attend the opening night pre-concert reception with Opera House’s invited guests.
  • Attend the closing night post-concert drinks with members of the orchestra.

$1,000

  • Be acknowledged by  name for your generosity alongside the Opera House’s Idealist donors (link to Thank you)
  • Attend our acclaimed engagement program for young Australian music students, who have the opportunity to work with members of our visiting orchestra.

Thank you to our Greats

The Greats is led by Sheli Lubowski.

The Greats education program is led by Ingrid Kaiser.

Sheli and Ingrid are joined by named donors Beverley & Phil Birnbaum, Patsy Crummer, Nora Goodridge, Dr Eileen Ong, Roslyn Packer AC, Zeke Solomon AM, Peter Weiss AO, and Christine & Dr Thomas Wenkart. 

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

Your gift changes young musicians' lives

As one The Greats, your gift provides young Australian music students with the extraordinary opportunity of working with, and playing alongside, the members of our visiting international orchestras.

Imagine the excitement of the 30 young public school students from regional NSW who got to spend 3 days working with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2015. They had tutoring from orchestra members, got to interview Joshua Bell, watched rehearsals, and then performed on the Concert Hall stage with the orchestra. Watch their story here

And the once-in-a-lifetime experience of the 130 young musicians from 18 regional Australian conservatoria who got to spend 5 days working with, watching, learning from, and performing with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Watch their story here.

Help change lives. Give the gift of classical music to the youth of today, when you join The Greats.


“Help change lives. Give the gift of classical music to the youth of today, when you join The Greats.”
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Your gift ensures the future of
the world’s great orchestras
at the Opera House 

Great orchestral music is woven into the fabric of the Sydney Opera House.

In 1973, when the Opera House opened, we invited Lorin Maazel to bring the Cleveland Orchestra to play in the brand new Concert Hall.  

The Opera House has been the home of great orchestral music ever since.

Since 2006, our donors have helped more than 60,000 classical music lovers be delighted and inspired by an extraordinary series of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors:

  • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, 2006
  • Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta, 2008
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Jurowski, 2009
  • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle, 2010
  • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Christoph Eschebach, 2011
  • Royal Concertgebouw with Mariss Jansons, 2013
  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Harding, 2014
  • London Symphony Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, 2014
  • Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell, 2017
  • Staatskapelle Berlin with Daniel Barenboim, 2018

Help to continue this magnificent tradition.

Give the gift of  classical music to the audiences of today and tomorrow, when you join The Greats.


“Help this magnificent tradition to continue. Give the gift of classical music to the audiences of today and tomorrow, when you join The Greats.”

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The Opera House is not-for-profit. Your gift today helps open the doors of the Opera House and makes sure everyone can have their own Opera House experience.

Account details

When you make your gift you will be asked to sign into your Opera House account or Register. If you don't know your account details or have forgotten your password, please click here.

Gifts of $2 and above are tax-deductible in Australia (ABN 69 712 101 035). For international tax-deductible gifts, please contact us at philanthropy@sydneyoperahouse.com or on +61 2 9250 7077 (9am - 5pm) or +61 2 9250 7777 (after hours).