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2017 Media Releases

Paul Weller's only Australian shows in the Concert Hall

Monday 18 September

The grand tradition of British rock in the Concert Hall continues this summer when The Jam frontman, The Style Council co-founder and esteemed solo artist Paul Weller makes his Sydney Opera House debut and only Australian appearances in January for two shows in-the-round. 

Early music superstar Jordi Savall to tour Australia in February 2018

Thursday 14 September

Grammy Award-winning Jordi Savall and two of his favourite ensembles, Hespèrion XXI and Tembembe Ensamble Continuo, will tour Australia early next year with a jaw-droppingly ambitious program of early and contemporary Latin music from the ages. 

September School Holidays at the Sydney Opera House

Monday 11 September

Funnyman Frank Woodley, spectacular dinosaure puppetry and a free interactive art installation will entertain curious and creative minds at the Sydney Opera House these September school holidays.

Paul Kelly - first Forecourt show sold out, second & final show on sale now

Monday 4 September

After selling out his first Forecourt show in a week, Paul Kelly will return to the Sydney Opera House's harbour stage for a second, and final, grand encore performance on Monday 20 November. 

Limbo Unhinged turns up the heat this summer at Sydney Opera House

Monday 4 September

The Sydney Opera House today announced an acclaimed new circus cabaret experience will arrive this summer. Limbo Unhinged will unleash pyrotechnics, sword-swallowing and aerial shenanigans against a pulsating live soundtrack in the Opera House Studio from January to March 2018.

The National - first Forecourt selling fast, second show on sale now

Friday 1 September

With the first show from The National almost sold out in days, the Sydney Opera House today announced a second performance, Thursday 22 February 2018, to complete another legendary run on the Forecourt stage. 

Sydney Opera House partners with Starlight Children's Foundation

Monday 28 August

The Sydney Opera House today announced a partnership with the Starlight Children’s Foundation (Starlight) to help brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families across Australia. 

The National return to the Forecourt

Wednesday 23 August

Four years after their legendary Forecourt appearances, cult US rock band The National return this summer to again play in the shadow of the Sydney Opera House sails.

Paul Kelly on the Forecourt

Monday 21 August

The Sydney Opera House honours Australian rock royalty this November when Paul Kelly takes over the Forecourt in the grandest headline performance of an illustrious career.

Australian musical Miracle City at Sydney Opera House this October

Sunday 20 August    

A brand new production of Nick Enright and Max Lambert’s celebrated Australian musical Miracle City takes over the Sydney Opera House Studio from 12 – 29 October with an outstanding cast of new stars and musical-theatre veterans.  

Feist to perform in Sydney Opera House's Concert Hall this December

Tuesday 8 August

For more than a decade, Canadian singer, songwriter and musician Feist has helped define her times. Now an artist who has resolutely defied categorisation – even when it was ‘best-selling indie-folk sensation’ – will make her long-awaited Sydney Opera House debut in the Concert Hall this December.

Ben Folds - Second & final show announced for 'Paper Aeroplane Request Tour'

Friday 4 August

With Ben Fold's first show almost sold out, the Sydney Opera House today announced the second and final performance on his Paper Aeroplane Request Tour in the Concert Hall 

Sydney Opera House celebrates two titans of contemporary piano

Tuesday 1 August

The Sydney Opera House will celebrate two titans of the piano when Dutch minimalist Joep Beving takes to the Utzon Room this October, followed by Ben Folds’ return to the Concert Hall in February 2018 for his Paper Aeroplane Request Tour.

The Unbelievables - see the greatest entertainers this summer

Monday 31 July

A brand new theatrical extravaganza, The Unbelievables will fill the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall and Arts Centre Melbourne with the world’s greatest circus, magic and acrobatic performers this summer.

Sydney Opera House to livestream Antidote sessions across Australia

Wednesday 26 July

The Sydney Opera House announced that its new 2017 festival of ideas, art and action, ANTIDOTE, will be streamed live to more than 10 cultural centres across the country on Sunday 3 September. 

Bryson Tiller makes Australian debut

Tuesday 25 July

The Sydney Opera House will welcome a new era of contemporary RnB to the Concert Hall stage in September when Bryson Tiller makes his Australian debut as part of his first world tour.

Top of the Lake: China Girl

Monday 3 July

The Sydney Opera House today announced that it will host the Sydney premiere screening of Academy-Award® winning writer/director Jane Campion’s crime mystery Top of the Lake: China Girl – on Tuesday August 1.

Badu Gili: 'Water Light'

Wednesday 28 June

Tonight, the Sydney Opera House launches Badu Gili, a new experience that will light the building’s famous sails every evening in celebration of the rich history and contemporary vibrancy of Australia’s First Nations culture. 

Antidote: A Festival of Ideas, Art & Action

Tuesday 27 June

The Sydney Opera House today announced ANTIDOTE - a new festival celebrating the artists, thinkers and doers who have spearheaded change in a time of uncertainty.

Sydney Opera House and Boiler Room share rare live footage of legendary French duo AIR

Friday 23 June

The Sydney Opera House and global broadcasting platform Boiler Room have collaborated for the frist time to capture a special live performance by the enigmatic French duo AIR at Vivid LIVE in 2017.

Lorde - second & final Forecourt show announced

Friday 16 June

With the first show almost sold-out, the Sydney Opera House today announced a second and final Forecourt performance of New Zealand pop prodigy Lorde on Wednesday 22 November. The back-to-back shows will feature Lorde’s highly-anticipated second album Melodrama, released today. 

July School Holidays

Thursday 15 June

A break-dancing wolf, kid acrobats, even a Gobbledygook: the Sydney Opera House is home to a bunch of captivating, high-energy characters these the July School Holidays bringing classic tales and fun-filled new works to life.

Swan Lake / Loch na hEala

Wednesday 14 June

The Sydney Opera House today announced that the acclaimed Irish work, Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, will make its Australian debut at the Sydney Opera House in August, direct from European stages.

Lorde

Friday 9 June

New Zealand pop prodigy Lorde will become the youngest artist to headline the Sydney Opera House Forecourt this November as part of the Opera House’s post-Vivid LIVE contemporary music program

Dance Rites 2017 - Registrations open

Thursday 8 June

Registrations for the Sydney Opera House’s groundbreaking national Indigenous dance competition Dance Rites are now open. The third annual competition will be held at the Opera House on Sunday 26 November.

London Grammar

Thursday 8 June

The Sydney Opera House today announced it had secured celebrated English trio London Grammar for two grand Concert Hall performances on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September 2017 as part of its year-round Contemporary Music program.

Sydney Opera House to host Australia's first Minecraft event

Monday 5 June

The Sydney Opera House will host Australia’s first Minecraft competition in the Concert Hall on July 2 and 3. “Minecraft at the Sydney Opera House” brings to life one of the best-selling video games of all time, its 120 million-plus players captivated by a world of limitless exploration and creative possibilities.

Audio Creatures to light the sails for Vivid Sydney

Tuesday 23 May

From 6pm on Friday 26 May, visionary Sydney director Ash Bolland will bring the Sydney Opera House sails to life as never before with the stunning Audio Creatures, a spectacular animation co-curated by Sydney Opera House and Destination NSW for Vivid Sydney.

Brian Reed, co-curator of the latest record-breaking podcast S-Town

Monday 22 May

S-Town host and co-creator, Brian Reed, will take to the stage of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall to talk about the podcast’s unlikely backstory and to discuss what has happened since all seven chapters landed on 28 March this year.

Sydney Opera House appoints Kate Dundas as Executive Director of Performing Arts

Monday 22 May

The Sydney Opera House today announced the appointment of Kate Dundas as Executive Director of Performing Arts. 

Edwina Throsby appointed Sydney Opera House Head of Talks & Ideas

Thursday 18 May

The Sydney Opera House today announced that respected producer, director and curator Edwina Throsby will join its artistic leadership team in the role of Head of Talks & Ideas.

The Preatures perform surprise Album Preview show at Vivid LIVE

Thursday 18 May

Sydney outfit The Preatures will unveil new music from their forthcoming album in a special one-off event on 1 June at Vivid LIVE, as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Life On Mars: How Australian scientists are shaping NASA's 2020 mission

Monday 15 May

Dr Graham Phillips (formerly of ABC Catalyst) and a panel of top scientists will address some of space exploration’s biggest questions at the Sydney Opera House this August: Will Mars be humanity’s first step toward inhabiting the galaxy? Is there simple life on the red planet? And how does NASA plan to get us there one day?

Dion Lee to design new Opera House uniform collection

Sunday 14 May

The Sydney Opera House today announced that award-winning Australian designer Dion Lee will create a new wardrobe for Opera House staff, bringing his celebrated architectural and sculptural aesthetic to the World Heritage-listed masterpiece that has long inspired his work.

Opera House begins work on first major Renewal project in Joan Sutherland Theatre

Wednesday 10 May

The curtain will fall next week on the last performance in the Joan Sutherland Theatre (JST) for seven months as the Sydney Opera House prepares to start work on its first major Renewal project.

Nick Murphy releases new EP Missing Link ahead of exclusive Vivid LIVE residency

Wednesday 10 May

Nick Murphy has today released a new EP titled Missing Link ahead of his exclusive Vivid LIVE hows on June 1-3, 2017, as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Steven Pinker

Tuesday 9 May

Turn on the news and you could be forgiven for thinking we are living through one of the most violent periods of human history. Bestselling cognitive scientist Dr Steven Pinker has spent the better part of the last decade arguing that the reverse is true. 

Goodgod debuts Vivid LIVE’s first-ever sustainable concept bar

Thursday 4 May

The creative minds behind underground nightlife sensation Goodgod will transform the Northern Foyer of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall into the Soft Future Piano Bar, a plush pop-up inspired by retro futurism and a zero waste philosophy.

Schools of the Future Conference

Tuesday 2 May

The Sydney Opera House will host its inaugural Schools of the Future Conference on May 5 and 6 to help schools, educators and artists navigate the challenges and opportunities of contemporary education at a critical time.

Deadly Voices Live

Thursday 27 April

At Deadly Voices Live, hear from three very different speakers who continue to face these questions and challenges during their everyday lives - at a time when igniting change and inspiring action has never been more important.

Innovative new partnership supports musicians on the autism spectrum 

Wednesday 26 April

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Rainbow Chan, George Nicholas (Seekae) and Eugene Ward (Dro Carey/Tuff Sherm) will mentor musicians on the autism spectrum and with other disabilities to make their own music in the Sydney Opera House’s state-of-the-art Intel Broadcast Studio.

Vivid LIVE - Richie Hawtin CLOSE revealed at Coachella, hints at Sydney Opera House show

Thursday 20 April

Richie Hawtin’s live performance CLOSE - Spontaneity & Synchronicity was revealed over the weekend at Coachella,, giving audiences a sneak peek of the raw energy and live visuals that will be performed for an Australian-exclusive headline show at Vivid LIVE.

Vivid LIVE announces second show for The Necks

Wednesday 12 April

Celebrating 30 years at the cutting edge of jazz and experimental music, Sydney's own masters of improvisation The Necks will present a second Drama Theatre performance on Sunday 4 June 2017.

Opera House & EnergyAustralia light the way with major sustainability partnership

Thursday 6 April

The Sydney Opera House and its energy supplier EnergyAustralia today announced a major partnership to help the country’s pre-eminent performing arts centre and number one tourist destination deliver its Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP).

Hot Brown Honey and Djuki Mala

Tuesday 4 April

The Studio gets steamy this winter as two festival sensations get their own headline seasons: the all-female cabaret Hot Brown Honey and the dance celebration Djuki Mala.

April School Holidays at the House

Monday 4 April

From mind-expanding theatre to free hands-on activities, the Sydney Opera House has plenty on offer this April school holidays to keep little hands and minds engaged.

Vivid LIVE full line-ups for Repressed Records 15th Anniversary & The Avalanches Block Party

Monday 4 April

Repressed Records will stack the Sydney Opera House's harbourside with Australian artists representing the entire sonic palette, and the Australian exclusive event, The Avalanches - Since I Left You Block party appear with special guests.

Vivid LIVE full line-ups for Repressed Records 15th Anniversary & The Avalanches Block Party

Monday 4 April

Repressed Records will stack the Sydney Opera House's harbourside with Australian artists representing the entire sonic palette, and the Australian exclusive event, The Avalanches - Since I Left You Block party appear with special guests.

Sydney Opera House launches opportunity for young NSW filmmakers

Friday 24 March

The Opera House's inaugural filmmaking compeition, Film School, is seeking submissions for original and imaginative storytelling from NSW school students aged 12-18. 

Sydney Opera House releases It's A Long Story Season 2 Podcast Trailer

Tuesday 21 March

Announcing Season Two of the hugely successful podcast series, It's A Long Story, released fortnightly.

Vivid LIVE 2017 line-up announced

Tuesday 14 March

From 26 May - 17 June, Vivid LIVE will feature more than 31 international and Australian performances across the Opera House and its famous sails.

Opera House improves accessibility on and off stage

Wednesday 8 March

The Sydney Opera House last night unveiled its 2017 Access Program, featuring more than 70 accessible performances, workshops and experiences to ensure the Opera House is open to all.

Australia Piano Quartet

Monday 6 March

Renowned Australian chamber musicians, the Australia Piano Quartet (APQ), return to the Sydney Opera House to perform a dynamic series of recitals on 10 June, 27 August and 10 December.

Vivid LIVE 2017 first artist announced

Wednesday 1 March

Folk-rock masters Fleet Foxes will premiere new material from their highly anticipated third album for Australian audiences exclusively at the Sydney Opera House.

All About Women 2017: Free events announced

Thursday 23 February

Thousands of women (and some men) will be part of important conversations led by some of the world’s most legendary women, hundreds more will join in via 26 live stream events and festival-goers will be treated to inspiring and bold free activities. 

Underworld

Tuesday 21 February

Electronic music powerhouse Underworld will bring decades of dancefloor to the Concert Hall when they make their Sydney Opera House debut in April 2017.

New Senior Contemporary Music Producer

Monday 20 February

Sydney producer Alister Hill joins the Contemporary Music team this week as Senior Producer, working under Ben Marshall, Head of Contemporary Music to produce the year-round Contemporary Music program.

Patti Smith: In Her Own Words

Monday 20 February

In a rare solo appearance Patti Smith will take to the stage of the Joan Sutherland Theatre as part of the Sydney Opera House Talks & Ideas program – to talk, read and sing from her acclaimed oeuvre.

Lights out! It's time to dance at All About Women

Tuesday 14 February

The fifth, annual All About Women festival will conclude - and shake off - an empowering and huge day of talks, panels, and performances - with anti-dance class phenomenon No Lights, No Lycra (NLNL). 

Crazy Times

Wednesday 8 February

The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Dance Company have joined forces to create a unique live experience for primary school aged audiences designed to inspire young imaginations.

All About Women Annual Satellite Program Announced

Tuesday 7 February

The Opera House today announced the largest ever All About Women Satellite program, taking the ideas and issues that matter to women to audiences far beyond Bennelong Point.

Launching the next generation of Australian classical talent

Monday 6 February

Showcasing the rising stars of Australian classical music, the Sydney Opera House, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and Pacific Opera will present a number of concerts featuring young classical musicians and opera singers.

In Conversation With Martha Wainwright

Thursday 2 February

Frank, witty and with a backstory that is the stuff of legend, singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright will take a break from her Australian tour to lay her life bare in conversation with James Valentine in the Opera House Studio.

Sydney Opera House launches This Kid Life podcast

Tuesday 31 January

Sydney Opera House is putting kids front, centre – and behind the microphone – in This Kid Life, a new podcast series featuring young people discussing life, the environment, education, creativity, social media and more.

Seeing Is Believing: All About Women 2017

Tuesday 24 January

The Sydney Opera House and Maserati today released an online video aimed at inspiring young women to dream big – and realise those dreams – as part of this year’s All About Women festival.

Sydney Opera House celebrates Year of the Rooster

Monday 16 January

Giant rooster lanterns, the sails bathed in auspicious red, a glowing wishing tree, Mandarin tours, dumplings, coconut ice cream and ancient music reimagined by renowned composer Tan Dun.

Kasabian

Tuesday 10 January

UK super group Kasabian celebrate twenty roaring years and premiere their new album in two Opera House-only shows, Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 March.

Roll up! Roll up! Summer Playground returns

Thursday 5 January

The Sydney Opera House’s much-loved Summer Playground returns this Friday with its biggest ever line up of free entertainment, transforming the Western Broadwalk into a vintage harbourside fairground from 6 - 29 January.