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British R&B singer-songwriter Ella Mai to make Sydney Opera House debut

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Grammy Award-winning British R&B singer-songwriter Ella Mai will appear in Australia for the first time this January, performing her self-titled debut album with a live band and visuals in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

An evening with Zadie Smith

Monday 16 September 2019

Canonical British novelist, essayist, and short story writer, Zadie Smith will be appearing in-conversation on the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Stage with celebrated author and Curator of Literature & Ideas at Perth Festival Sisonke Msimang.

Cirque Stratosphere lifts off at the Opera House this December

Tuesday 10 September 2019

This festive season, Cirque Stratosphere – a spectacular new circus from the creators of CIRCUS 1903 (2016) and last summer’s smash-hit The Illusionists: Direct from Broadway – will transform the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall into a futuristic space-age utopia for a strictly limited season from 24-29 December 2019.

Sydney Opera House welcomes Sydney Philharmonia Choirs as a Resident Company 

Wednesday 28 August 2019

The Sydney Opera House welcomes Sydney Philharmonia Choirs as a Resident Company, acknowledging the long and fruitful association between the organisations and the Choirs’ upcoming 2020 centenary.  

DJ Koze will make his Sydney Opera House debut this December in the Concert Hall

Tuesday 27 August 2019

German producer DJ Koze will make his Sydney Opera House debut this December performing transcendent tracks from the critically-acclaimed dance album Knock Knock against a multimedia spectacle in a one-off Concert Hall performance.

Sydney Opera House awards major contracts to deliver Concert Hall Renewal 

Friday 23 August 2019


The Sydney Opera House today announced the award of two contracts central to the much-anticipated Concert Hall renewal works: Taylor has been appointed managing contractor and specialist engineering firm Waagner-Biro Stage Systems will deliver the venue’s upgraded theatre systems. 

Solange will perform four Australian exclusive shows in the Concert Hall round this January

Tuesday 20 August 2019

In a Sydney Opera House exclusive, Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter, producer and artist Solange Knowles will perform her euphoric album When I Get Home for the first time in Australia this January 27, 28, 30 and 31.

Nils Frahm returns with a one-off performance in-the-round of the Concert Hall this December

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Berlin-based piano prodigy, producer and composer Nils Frahm will return to the Sydney Opera House for one night only, performing in-the-round in the grand Concert Hall on Thursday 5 December.

Sydney Opera House & EnergyAustralia announce renewal of Major Partnership

Thursday 8 August 2019

The Sydney Opera House and EnergyAustralia today announced the renewal of their Major Partnership for a further two years. Together, the organisations will collaborate on projects to shine a spotlight on their shared values, including diversity, equality and sustainability.

SIX The Musical – Divorced. Beheaded... LIVE! at the Sydney Opera House

Tuesday 6 August 2019

The critically acclaimed West End hit SIX The Musical will storm the Sydney Opera House this summer for its Australian premiere.

The Irresistible to be performed at Sydney Opera House as part of UnWrapped September series

Monday 29 July 2019

From some of Australia’s most innovative and daring young theatre-makers comes the Sydney premiere of The Irresistible as part of the Sydney Opera House’s UnWrapped series this September.

High Performance Packing Tape to be performed at Sydney Opera House as part of UnWrapped September series

Monday 29 July 2019

Branch Nebula’s mind-bending one-man show High Performance Packing Tape will take The Studio by storm from 18-22 September as part of the UnWrapped September series. 

Annabel Crabb on politics, work and gender

Monday 29 July 2019

Beloved political journalist, commentator and television host Annabel Crabb’s new essay ‘Politics, Work and Gender’ – which features in the 75th issue of Quarterly Essay – will be celebrated at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday 22 September through a special in-conversation event.

UK electronic producer Jon Hopkins will make his Concert Hall headline debut this January 2020

Wednesday 24 July 2019

British electronic producer, film composer and DJ Jon Hopkins will return to the Concert Hall on Sunday 5 January for his debut headline performance. For one night only, Hopkins will draw upon his back catalogue as well as his latest, Grammy Award-nominated album Singularity, accompanied by hypnotic multi-media visuals, lights and a grand piano.

Kamasi Washington returns to the Concert Hall for one night only to perform new album 'Heaven and Earth'

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Ground-breaking modern jazz visionary Kamasi Washington will return to the Sydney Opera House this October with his eight-piece band to premiere his transcendent sophomore album Heaven and Earth in Australia in-the-round of the Concert Hall, following his sold-out debut last year.

New speakers and artists added to ANTIDOTE - a festival of ideas, action and change

Monday 15 July 2019

New speakers, workshops and visual arts elements have been added to the Antidote 2019 line-up, taking place at the Sydney Opera House over the weekend of 31 August - 1 September 2019. 

Australian alt-pop icon Kate Miller-Heidke will debut her new tour Zero Gravity at the Sydney Opera House 

Tuesday 9 July 2019

Australian alt-pop icon Kate Miller-Heidke will debut her new tour Zero Gravity at the Sydney Opera House for one special performance as part of a national tour on 22 September.

World premiere of First Nations cabaret ‘Natives Go Wild’ at Sydney Opera House

Wednesday 3 July 2019

Sydney Opera House today announced the world premiere of Natives Go Wild, a provocative new First Nations cabaret that flips the lid on historical fiction and celebrates the global voice of First Nations people.

Penn & Teller bring their record-breaking live show to Australia for the first time

Tuesday 2 July 2019

The masters of modern magic Penn & Teller will bring their record-breaking Las Vegas live show to Australia for the very first time in January 2020 for eight performances in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

Antidote: a festival of ideas, action and change

Monday 24 June 2019

The Sydney Opera House has made the first line-up announcement for Antidote 2019 - a festival of ideas, action and change. A vital response to our uncertain times, Antidote provides a platform for essential conversations, consensus-building and practical solutions. Over the weekend of 31 August - 1 September 2019, Antidote will take over Australia’s most recognisable meeting place with pioneering ideas from some of the world’s leading creative minds and agents of change.

Sydney Opera House launches Where Inspiration Lives campaign

Monday 17 June 2019

The Sydney Opera House today announced the launch of ‘Where Inspiration Lives’, a new campaign which evokes a sense of childlike wonder to communicate the possibilities and excitement children and families can experience at the world-famous performing arts centre.

Inspiration lives at the Opera House these Summer School Holidays

Monday 17 June 2019

Find inspiration, adventure and magic at the Sydney Opera House these December school holidays with a newly announced summer program featuring Spot, the loveable dog, David Walliams’ The Midnight Gang, the zany TV doctors from Operation Ouch! and a page-to-stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s classic picture book The Snail and the Whale.

Katie Noonan premieres The Glad Tomorrow with the Australian String Quartet

Wednesday 12 June 2019

In a world premiere, powerhouse vocalist and five-time ARIA Award-winner Katie Noonan performs new work The Glad Tomorrow with the Australian String Quartet at the Opera House this October, for one exclusive Sydney performance.

LA's singer-songwriter Cuco makes his Australian debut in the Sydney Opera House Studio this August

Tuesday 11 June 2019

This winter, West Coast Latino singer-songwriter Cuco (aka Omar Banos) will bring his heart-warming synth-pop to the Sydney Opera House Studio for a one-night-only Australian debut.

Cult filmmaker John Waters makes trouble at Sydney Opera House

Monday 10 June 2019

Cult filmmaker, pop culture icon and ‘Pope of Trash’, John Waters will return to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall stage on Tuesday 15 October.

Opera House marks World Environment Day with significant sustainability progress

Wednesday 5 June 2019

To coincide with the United Nations’ World Environment Day, the Sydney Opera House has announced a number of sustainability achievements and projects.

 

The Flaming Lips celebrate the 20th Anniversary of 'The Soft Bulletin' across two nights only in the Concert Hall

Tuesday 4 June 2019

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Flaming Lips’ seminal pop album The Soft Bulletin, the Sydney Opera House today announced the psychedelic rock legends will bring their elaborate, technicolour party to the Concert Hall for two nights only on Monday 30 September and Tuesday 1 October.

Australian premiere of Natalia Osipova’s Pure Dance comes to the Sydney Opera House

Monday 3 June 2019

Superstar ballerina Natalia Osipova presents the Australian premiere of Pure Dance, a breathtaking program of dynamic contemporary and classical ballet in the Drama Theatre at the Sydney Opera House this August.

Percussion virtuoso Mohammad Reza Mortazavi makes his Australian debut at Sydney Opera House

Friday 31 May 2019

Iranian percussion virtuoso Mohammad Reza Mortazavi will make his Australian debut at the Sydney Opera House in the intimate Utzon Room on 18 August 2019.

Historic Coburn tapestries on show at the Sydney Opera House

Wednesday 22 May 2019

For the first time in more than a decade, John Coburn’s magnificent Curtain of the Sun and Curtain of the Moon tapestries will be shown today in their original settings – the Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre and Drama Theatre.

'Spellbound' pop-up bar brings post-punk magic to the Opera House

Thursday 16 May 2019

From an opulent, post-punk pop-up bar and exclusive backstage tours to inclusive events and all gender bathrooms, the Opera House has announced its biggest ever program of offstage experiences that will transform the precinct during Vivid LIVE. 

Friendship sails in to the Opera House these July School Holidays

Wednesday 15 May 2019

These July School Holidays, the Sydney Opera House celebrates friendship, storytelling and dance with an exciting line-up of shows and interactive workshops. 

New production of HAIR comes to Sydney Opera House

Tuesday 7 May 2019

A brand new Australian production of the much-loved rock musical HAIR will come alive in the Concert Hall from 3 - 6 October as part of a national tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show's Australian premiere.

The Cure announce global live stream of newly added fifth and final Vivid LIVE show

Thursday 2 May 2019

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Cure's seminal album Disintegration, the Sydney Opera House today announced that the British rock icons' newly added fifth and final Vivid LIVE show on Thursday 30 May will be live streamed around the globe. 

Andrew Thomas Huang to transform the Sydney Opera House Sails into a kinetic light sculpture for Vivid Sydney

Monday 29 April 2019

Jørn Utzon’s architectural masterpiece will be transformed into a digital light sculpture from Friday 24 May until Saturday 15 June for Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Registrations open for Dance Rites 2019 at Sydney Opera House

Thursday 18 April 2019

Registrations for the Sydney Opera House's celebrated national First Nations dance competition Dance Rites are now open. The fifth annual competition will be held from 23-24 November at one of the world's most spectacular outdoor performance spaces: Bennelong Point. 

Burn the Floor: Gala

Tuesday 16 April 2019

The world’s best professional Ballroom and Latin dance stars heat up the Concert Hall stage in an Australian exclusive, Burn The Floor: Gala hosted by Dancing With The Stars judge Tristan MacManus for two scorching performances on July 28

Sydney Opera House to exhibit original Coburn Tapestries

Tuesday 16 April 2019

For the first time in more than a decade, the Sydney Opera House will publicly display John Coburn’s magnificent Curtain of the Sun and Curtain of the Moon tapestries next month in their original Joan Sutherland Theatre and Drama Theatre settings.

 

An evening with Michael Pollan

Monday 15 April 2019

The Sydney Opera House announced that one of America’s most revered thinkers, Michael Pollan will return to the Concert Hall stage on Saturday 20 July. 

 

Sydney Opera House announces Principal Partner EOI

Monday 15 April 2019

The Sydney Opera House today launched an Expression of Interest (EOI) process to select a principal corporate partner.

Electronic visionaries Maribou State and Tycho will make their Opera House debuts in the Concert Hall this July

Friday 12 April 2019

Two of electronic music’s most exciting visionaries will make their Sydney Opera House debuts and hypnotise audiences in the Concert Hall this July. Dynamic British duo, Maribou State will bring their ambient soundscape to the stage on Wednesday 17 July followed by a one-night-only performance from Grammy-nominated musician and visual artist Tycho on Wednesday 24 July.

Opera House reaches next major Renewal milestone with opening of Yallamundi Rooms

Wednesday 10 April 2019

The Sydney Opera House opens the doors of its redesigned function and events centre – the Yallamundi Rooms – marking the completion of the next major project in its $273 million program of Renewal works.

Emerging Female Choreographer Initiative winner announced 

Tuesday 9 April 2019

The Sydney Opera House, in collaboration with The Australian Ballet and Dance Australia magazine, announced the recipient of the Emerging Female Choreographer Initiative.

Megan Hilty sings Broadway hits with orchestra 

Wednesday 3 April 2019

Tony Award®-nominated Broadway favourite and television star Megan Hilty makes her Sydney Opera House debut in the Concert Hall alongside a 40-piece orchestra for one unmissable performance in June 2019.

Vivid LIVE 2019 full program revealed

Tuesday 19 March 2019

The Sydney Opera House today revealed the Vivid LIVE 2019 full program. Taking place from 24 May - 15 June, Vivid LIVE transforms the nation's most famous stages with a celebration of originality, innovation and excellence in contemporary music and culture as part of Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Childhood classics come to life: April School Holidays at the Opera House

Tuesday 19 February 2019

This April, the Opera House will present a wide range of stories for the whole family to explore. Great adventures await from the streets of our bustling big cities, the wilds of the Australian bush and from the mysterious depths of our oceans. 

The Gospel According to Paul, starring Jonathan Biggins

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Direct from the Parliamentary Despatch Box, the SYdney Opera House today announced that renowned satirist Jonathan Biggins will tackle one of Australia's most memorable Prime Ministers - Paul Keating. 

The Cure to celebrate 30th anniversary of 'Disintegration' with exclusive performances at Vivid LIVE 2019

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Legendary British alt-rock group The Cure will perform their landmark album Disintegration on its 30th anniversary in a world premiere and Australian exclusive at Vivid LIVE as part of Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in Australia. 

Thrones! The Musical Parody goes beyond the Wall to the Playhouse

Tuesday 12 February 2019

This June, the Sydney Opera House will premiere the latest edition of Thrones!, the uproarious musical parody of HBO's Game of Thrones. 

Sydney Opera House Presents Festival UnWrapped in May 2019

Monday 11 February 2019

The Sydney Opera House today announced the program for Festival UnWrapped, a bi-annual celebration of diverse, new and risk-taking works from some of Australia's most admired contemporary performance makers. 

French-Vietnamese circus makes Sydney Opera House debut with À Ố Làng Phố

Tuesday 5 February 2019

This June, ground-breaking contemporary circus troupe Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam will make their Opera House debut in the Joan Sutherland Theatre for the Sydney premiere of À Ố Làng Phố.

Opera House ushers in Year of the Pig with vibrant Lunar New Year festivities

Friday 21 January 2019

Tai chi at sunrise, an abstract Pig Lunar Lantern, exquisite orchestral music and delectable dining. The Sydney Opera House will ring in the Year of the Pig with a vibrant program of Lunar New Year festivities as part of a 10-day celebration across the city. 

Megan Mullally and her band in Sydney-exclusive performance

Monday 21 January

Two-time Emmy Award-winning actress and musician Megan Mullally (Will & Grace, Parks & Recreation, Broadway's Grease) and musician, actress and writer Stephanie Hunt (Friday Night Lights, Californication) will make their debut in 'punk-vaudeville' band Nancy And Beth with two Sydney-exclusive performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre on 16 June. 

Julie Bishop, Sarah Hanson-Young, Linda Burney & more new speakers added to All About Women line-up

Wednesday 16 January

Sydney Opera House today made a second line-up announcement for the seventh annual All About Women festival, taking place on Sunday 10 March 2019 to coincide with International Women's Day. 

Sydney Opera House presents scorching summer line-up

Friday 11 January 

Champagne cocktails, captivating cabaret, fiery salsa music and seductive contemporary dance. Summer at the Sydney Opera House is set to sizzle with a scorching line-up of boundary-pushing performances, stellar music and decadent drinks and dining.