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2017 Media Releases

Sydney Opera House reopens Joan Sutherland Theatre

Sunday 31 December

The world-famous Joan Sutherland Theatre reopened on New Year's Eve 2017 with Opera Australia's performance of The Merry Widow.

First look behind-the-scenes in renewed Joan Sutherland Theatre

Wednesday 20 December

After seven months of renewal works, the Sydney Opera House provided a glimpse of the changes to the world-famous Joan Sutherland Theatre. 

Nigella Lawson in conversation

Tuesday 12 December

Following a sold-out Opera House appearance in 2016, the woman who put the pleasure back into food, Nigella Lawson, returns to the Concert Hall stage in January 2018. 

Emerging artists hit Crescendo at Opera House

Monday 11 December

A new music series, Crescendo, will be focusing on the classical stars of tomorrow and showcasing new and rarely-performed repertoires in the Utzon Room at Sydney Opera House. 

Sydney Opera House appoints Olivia Ansell as Head of Contemporary Performance

Friday 8 December

The Sydney Opera House announces leading arts curator and producer Olivia Ansell has accepted the position of Head of Contemporary Performance to lead and showcase new, innovative and emerging work.

All About Women 2018 line-up announced

Tuesday 5 December

The Sydney Opera House announces the line-up for its sixth All About Women festival on Sunday 4 March 2018. For next year's All About Women, a stellar cast of international and local storytellers, thinkers and game-changers will explore the issues and ideas important to women in 2017. 

Opera House launches first-ever online shop with worldwide delivery

Monday 4 December

The Sydney Opera House today launched its first-ever online shop, allowing tourists, patrons and Opera House enthusiasts everywhere to bring a piece of the world's most famous 'house' home.

The Rubens to preview third album at their Sydney Opera House debut

Monday 4 December

Australian indie rockers The Rubens will preview their highly-anticipated third album and play fan favourites when they make their Sydney Opera House debut in March next year. 

Scottish indie outfit Belle & Sebastian returning to the Sydney Opera House in 2018

Tuesday 28 November

Seven years after they last sold out the Opera House's Concert Hall, the Glaswegian octet will deliver a house-party-come-concert in May 2018. 

Utzon Music Series enters its second decade with a season of debuts and exclusives

Wednesday 22 November

Launching into a second stellar decade, the 2018 Utzon Music Series will showcase some of the world's most celebrated classical musicians in a year-round program of Australian debuts and exclusives across the Sydney Opera House

Brazil's Seu Jorge performs tribute to David Bowie with The Life Aquatic

Tuesday 21 November

Brazilian pop superstar Seu Jorge will bring his renowned bossafied Bowie covers to Australia for the first time in 2018. 

Deadly Voices from the House podcast: discussing gender, sexuality & culture

Monday 20 November

The Sydney Opera House announces a new series of its acclaimed podcast, Deadly Voices from the House, presenting intimate conversations with prominent First Nations artists and leaders. 

King of African pop, Youssou Ndour, brings block party to the Concert Hall

Monday 13 November

One of the most celebrated African artists of our time, Grammy Award-winner Youssou Ndour, will bring his world-music block party to the Concert Hall stage in March. 

Grizzly Bear return to the Concert Hall with new album

Monday 6 November

After a sold-out 2014 performance in the Concert Hall, Grizzly Bear return to the Sydney Opera House to showcase their first album in five years. 

Paul Weller - First two shows sold out, third and final show on sale now

Friday 3 November

Due to ongoing demand, the Sydney Opera House today announced a third and final performance for the original 'Modfather', Paul Weller. Tickets are now on sale for Monday 29 January 2018.

to a simple, rock 'n' roll . . . song. premieres at Sydney Opera House

Tuesday 31 October

The Australian premiere of British choreographer Michael Clark's celebrated production, to a simple, rock 'n' roll song. takes place this summer with a strictly limited six-night season in the Drama Theatre. 

Sydney Opera House & Westpac announce new partnership 

Wednesday 25 October

The Sydney Opera House and Westpac announce a new partnership to celebrate Australia's rich First Nations culture. The announcement coincides with the opening of 200 Women: The Listening Ground, a free outdoor exhibition designed to shine a light on diversity and equality. 

American saxophonist Kamasi Washington makes Opera House debut

Tuesday 24 October

A bold new giant of modern jazz, Kamasi Washington and his 10-piece band The Next Step will make their Sydney Opera House debut in March next year. 

Moses Sumney makes his Concert Hall debut

Monday 23 October

Following two sold-out performances for Sydney Festival in January, the self-taught troubadour returns to Australia with a full band to make his Concert Hall debut. 

Bluesfest 2018 Sideshows at Sydney Opera House

Monday 16 October

The grand Concert Hall welcomes two gilded voices in March next year, with Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant in his Sydney Opera House debut and an intimate performance from Sweden's acoustic genius José González.

Summer School Holidays at Sydney Opera House

Monday 16 October

This summer, the Sydney Opera House is jam-packed with adventure, science and songs. Families can join Captain Hook on the Jolly Roger, learn from silly scientists and see story books leap off the page. 

Stranger Things Season 2 Australian Premiere at Sydney Opera House

Friday 6 October

The cult Netflix-original drama, Stranger Things, will have its Season 2 premiere at the Sydney Opera House, screening the same time as the global LA premiere and hours before the season drops on Netflix. 

Sydney Opera House announces Homeground festival line-up

Thursday 5 October

Homeground, the Sydney Opera House’s landmark annual celebration of First Nations art and culture, will move to the Opera House Forecourt for the first time this year, from 25 – 26 November 2017.

Opera House releases milestone conservation plan

Wednesday 4 October

The Sydney Opera House last night unveiled the fourth edition of its Conservation Management Plan (CMP), which provides detailed guidance on conservation and management at an important moment in its Decade of Renewal.

Green Day's American Idiot kicks off national tour at Sydney Opera House

Sunday 1 October

The Tony® and Grammy®-Award winning, explosive rock musical Green Day’s American Idiot will make its Sydney debut in the Concert Hall this January with Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson in the starring role. 

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 dinosaur 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.


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.