The Concert Hall is the beating heart and the largest venue in the Sydney Opera House. Seating more than 2000 people, its features include a high vaulted ceiling, white birch timber panelling and the world’s largest mechanical tracker-action pipe organ (there’s only one person in the world who can tune it).
Renowned for orchestral performances, and more recently for contemporary music gigs, the Concert Hall is somehow intimate even when full. Audiences can sit around the stage as well as in front.
The Concert Hall is home to our Resident Companies the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Performers and presenters have included Pope John Paul II, Aung San Suu Kyi, Ella Fitzgerald, Luciano Pavarotti, Julie Andrews, Nigella Lawson, Germaine Greer, Janet Jackson, Bon Iver, Kanye West, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan and Prince, to name a few. We've lost count of the number of artists who've declared that walking on stage is a highlight of their careers.
Please note, the Concert Hall is undergoing its biggest upgrade which will result in better acoustics, more ambitious performances and improved access. These works are scheduled for completion in late 2021 – early 2022.
While the Concert Hall is closed, the Opera House will remain open with six other internal venues and foyer spaces available for hire. We will commence taking expressions of interest for the Concert Hall re-opening from around March 2021. If you are interested in hiring our other venues, please submit a Venue Hire Enquiry Form.
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