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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. 


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.


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.