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Unwrapping the latest performances by the independent artists of UnWrapped 2023

Sydney Opera House

Looking to discover the finest independent artists in the country right now? Well, you’ve come to the right place. 

UnWrapped is our ongoing series dedicated to uncovering Australia’s most original and exciting creators. The curated program hands over the stage and gives audiences an early look at major rising talents. Here’s what you can look forward to this May.

Hot Brown Honey: The Remix 4 - 13 May

What to expect?

Fierce, femme, Global First Nations queens bring the heat in a hilarious, multi-genre cabaret extravaganza. They’re creating change through the power of performance – soulful singing, hypnotic dance and artful storytelling. Fighting the power never tasted so sweet.

Youll like this if...

You love Solange’s seminal album ‘A Seat at the Table, have Lizzo on repeat and want to experience UKs iconic performance company, Cocoa Butter Club.

Three Marys 11 - 13 May

What to expect?

Inspired by the French medieval legend of the biblical Three Marys, this deeply moving chamber opera tells the intergenerational story of three women fleeing for their lives across the ocean. Created by award-winning composer Andrée Greenwell and librettist Christine Evans, the production features some of Australia’s most promising operatic talent.

You’ll like this if...

You like utterly captivating melodies and music that transcends. Imagine Joni Mitchell, Julia Wolfe and Nick Cave made a chamber opera.

Empty Voices 14 May

What to expect?

Prepare to be swept away in a fusion of Persian classical and Western jazz in this ambitious work inspired by Sufi mysticism. Hamed Sadeghi – an ARIA Award-nominated tar player and composer – will take audiences on a musical journey with his six-piece ensemble in this mystical concert in The Studio.

You’ll like this if...

You like The Necks’ improvised jazz blended with music derived from one of the oldest cultures on earth.