Devonté Hynes Selected Classical Works with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
2 June 2023
In the Concert Hall
Unfortunately Devonté Hynes with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performance will not proceed as scheduled. Due to the recent passing of his mother, Devonté has decided to postpone his Australian visit. Our thoughts and condolences are with Devonté and his family at this sad time. We are working to reschedule the event for 2024 and we will keep you updated. All ticketholders have been notified.
A note from Devonté Hynes:
“Hi, so after a lot of thought, I have decided that in addition to last week's performance in Toronto, I am not able to play the upcoming classical shows scheduled in Vienna, Sydney and Washington DC due to a recent loss in my family. I will be honest and say that I am not able to be onstage right now, and will take this time to grieve and focus on getting myself together. I am so sorry to all those who had bought tickets and made travel arrangements, your support means a lot to me and I deeply apologise. We are working on finding dates to reschedule where possible, all ticket holders will be emailed refund information in the meantime. Please visit individual event pages for additional details.
We apologise for any disappointment and thank you very much for your kind understanding and ongoing support for Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid Sydney 2023.
If you have any questions, please contact our box office team on (02) 9250 7777.
|Friday 2 June
$8.95 booking fee applies per transaction
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Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Children aged 0-23 months at the time of a performance may be seated on a parent’s lap free of charge. All children occupying a seat or aged 2 years of age must hold a valid ticket.
A maximum of four (4) tickets per customer for Devonté Hynes are available for purchase. Tickets purchased in excess of a ticket limit may be cancelled without notice.
Sydney Opera House Insiders pre-sale
12pm, Tuesday 14 March 2023
What’s On e-newsletter on-sale
12pm, Wednesday 15 March 2023
General Public tickets on-sale
12pm, Friday 17 March 2023
Run time is approximately 90 minutes including interval.
This concert will start promptly at 7.30pm and latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. Please be aware that this may not be until the interval.
- 7.30pm - 7.50pm Act 1
- 7.50pm - 8.10pm Interval
- 8.10 - 9pm Act 2
Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.
Recommended for ages 15+
A pop savant leads the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in his Vivid LIVE debut
A singer, songwriter and producer with a gift for moving between R&B, indie and experimental jazz, Devonté Hynes has helped shaped the vanguard pop of an era, collaborating with a roster of artists that includes Solange, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kylie Minogue, Sky Ferreira, FKA Twigs, A$AP Rocky, Haim, Florence and the Machine and Mariah Carey – to name just a few.
As Blood Orange, the London-born artist released four acclaimed full-lengths, including Cupid Deluxe (2013), Freetown Sound (2016), and Negro Swan (2018), combining his love of classic ’80s funk, electro soul, hip-hop, West African pop and chilled-out R&B to sublime effect. In between, the classically-trained musician composed soundtracks for films by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name) , Rebecca Hall (Passing) and Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), performed alongside the legendary Philip Glass, and wowed critics and audiences with Fields (2019) his future-facing, Grammy-nominated foray into classical music.
Returning to Australia for the first time in more than a decade, Hynes makes his long-awaited Vivid LIVE debut in the Concert Hall, where he’ll be joined by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing with existential sensitivity. Hynes’ music explores the complexities and ambiguities of 21st century identity, delving into memory, trauma, depression and anxiety, as well as the triumphs of vulnerable communities, including people of colour and the queer and trans communities, and where they intersect.
Don’t sleep on this chance to see one of the millennium’s most captivating and original performers, taking to the stage for one night only.
Presented by Sydney Opera House
Symphony for full orchestra
*Intermission / changeover*
The Long Ride II
for 2 pianos
7 minutes (Devonté Hynes and Adam Tendler)
for 2 pianos
7 minutes (Devonté Hynes and Adam Tendler)
7 minutes (Devonté Hynes, solo piano)
*second piano struck, orchestra re-enters*
Concerto for piano with full orchestra
20 minutes (soloist Adam Tendler)
Our foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars.
All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer.
The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a six min walk to the Opera House.
The health and wellbeing of everyone attending the Opera House is our top priority. We’re committed to making your experience safe, comfortable and enjoyable, with a number of measures in place including regular cleaning of high-touch areas, air conditioning systems that maximise ventilation, and hand sanitiser stations positioned in all paths of travel. We remind our audiences and visitors to please stay home if you feel unwell. If you need to discuss your ticketing or booking options, contact our Box Office team on 02 9250 7777.
The health and wellbeing of everyone attending the Opera House is our top priority. We have a number of safety measures in place including regular cleaning of high-touch areas, air conditioning systems that maximise ventilation, and hand sanitiser stations positioned in all paths of travel. While face masks are no longer required, we ask all our patrons and visitors to practise good hygiene. Please stay home if you feel unwell and read more about our flexible ticket options.
The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Frequently asked questions
- The Lighting of the Sails during Vivid Sydney is a free event. You will not need a ticket.
- If you are attending a performance as part of the Vivid LIVE program, a valid ticket is required. It’s highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.
- In line with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine. Please travel lightly and do not bring items that require cloaking e.g. handbags bigger than A4-size, backpacks and umbrellas, which are not permitted inside our venues.
- Yes, cloaking will remain available but it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly and leave large, bulky items at home. Cloakroom attendants will use disposable paper tickets to keep track of your items.
The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Sydney Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House became a smoke-free site in January 2022. Read our Smoke-free Environment Policy.
- For patrons who are blind or have low vision, the Opera House will be hosting two audio-described sessions of this year’s images projected on to the sails on 13 and 15 June. For more information please visit the event page.
- A complimentary shuttle bus and buggy service will be in operation during Vivid Sydney. Please contact the Box Office to confirm operating hours on 02 9250 7777.
- Gig Buddies, an organisation that pairs adults with intellectual disability with volunteers to attend social events have been offered to attend Becca Hatch, Future Classic, Alfa Mist, Devonte Hynes and Ethel Cain. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay precincts are very popular and attract large crowds during Vivid Sydney. Visitors are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home and use public transport wherever possible. During this time, there will be changes to transport timetables.
For further information, please visit Transport NSW’s Vivid Sydney page.
- The Sydney Opera House car park will be open every evening during Vivid Sydney, however it is expected to reach capacity early. Patrons are encouraged to use public transport and allow extra travel time.
- Please note that if you drive and arrive early for parking, you may not be able to exit if there are road closures in place.
- For detailed information on road closures during Vivid Sydney, please visit Live Traffic NSW.
Ticketholders are welcome to bring their own water bottle (as long as it isn’t made of glass) but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues.
The Opera House has a range of onsite bars and restaurants which are perfect for a quick snack or sit-down meal.
Cashless payment methods are strongly encouraged. Please bring a credit or debit card for any onsite purchases.
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