Our 50th Birthday Year

Our 50th Birthday Year

Celebrate the Sydney Opera House’s 50th anniversary with performances, special events and films, recorded over our 50th Birthday Year in 2022 and 2023. Free and exclusive to Stream.

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Our 50th Birthday Year
  • From The Sails: Light Years (2022)

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    In October 2022, we kicked off our 50th anniversary celebrations with ‘From the Sails: Light Years’ - a film projected nightly onto the Opera House sails that celebrated the past, present and people of the building.


    The film looks back at the design and construction of the Opera House, the gran...

  • Play It Safe - Celebrating 50 years of brave creativity at Sydney Opera House

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    For five decades the Opera House has stood in defiance of that nervous little voice inside us that tells us to play it safe and keep it simple. This special film celebrates our 50th anniversary, encouraging us all to live on the edge of possible, because when we do, extraordinary things can happe...

  • Whispers / Megan Cope (2023)

    On Tubowgule, now called Bennelong Point, Quandamooka artist Megan Cope introduces 'Whispers', a melding of First Nations history and environmental consciousness. In this artwork, commissioned for our 50th anniversary, more than 85,000 oyster shells are positioned across the Sydney Opera House pr...

  • Vance Joy - Riptide / Saturday Sun / Missing Piece / Clarity

    Recorded live on the Sydney Opera House’s stunning Forecourt, this set from ARIA award-winning musician Vance Joy sees the finger-pickin’ folk pop hero perform a selection of hits and recent releases. Get up close and personal with the local fave as he leans into the heartfelt indie anthems “Mis...

  • Open House Weekend (2023)

    To celebrate the Opera House’s 50th birthday, we threw open our doors for a free event of exploration and discovery, simultaneously live-streamed around the world. Watch the on-demand stream, as we move through the corridors of this World Heritage-listed masterpiece, to explore our famous venues ...

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Play with Ray (2023)

    Presented by the Sydney Symphony and Ray Chen, Play with Ray will make dreams a reality for three emerging violinists. Together, they’ll perform Bach’s extraordinary and dramatic Concerto for Two Violins, with each violinist featuring in one movement alongside Ray Chen. Bach’s beautiful interweav...

  • Fat Freddy's Drop - Blackbird / Shady / Wandering Eye

    One of the world’s most thrilling live bands, Kiwi seven-piece Fat Freddy’s Drop return to the Sydney Opera House for a massive night of jazz, funk, reggae and beats on the Forecourt. Watch this live performance of the songs "Blackbird" and "Shady / Wandering Eye".

    DJ Fitchie aka Chris Faiumu – ...

  • Green Room Music - Three Marys (2023)

    Available worldwide until 24th Sept 2028.
    Staged in the Playhouse for Unwrapped 2023, Three Marys melds music, myth and imagination to create a moving story of exile, survival and hope. An international collaboration by award-winning artists composer Andrée Greenwell and librettist Christine Evan...

  • Music of the Sails - A 50th Anniversary Digital Artwork (2023)

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    ‘Music of the Sails’ was an ambitious 50th anniversary digital artwork that reimagined the sounds of the House - and was live-streamed for 744 hours throughout October 2023.

    As we celebrated our 50th year, we dreamt about the future, and contemplated the ways in which technology will impact on c...

  • Wanha! Journey to Arnhem - Live at Sydney Opera House

    Be transported to Australia’s remarkable Top End with Wanha!, and experience the Yolŋu people’s musical history and vibrant contemporary scene. This unforgettable Forecourt event will star Arnhem Land’s top talent, including Djakapurra Munyarryun, Dhapanbal Yunupingu, Juran Adams and Andrew Gurru...

  • What is The City But The People? (2023)

    Available worldwide until 1st Oct 2028.
    ‘What Is the City but the People?’ was a unique portrait of Sydney created by its people, showcasing the story, sentiments and soul of the city. Raised above the forecourt, Sydneysiders walked a 60 metre catwalk backed by live music, projected photographs ...

  • Sharon Van Etten - Seventeen / Every Time the Sun Comes Up / Mistakes

    Fresh from her American tour and acclaimed new album We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong, transformative singer-songwriter and Sydney Opera House fave Sharon Van Etten performed in our Concert Hall.

    This digital performance highlights selection comprises three songs from the night, including ...

  • Yaeji - Vivid LIVE (2023)

    Available worldwide until 15th March 2024.
    After making her Australian debut with a euphoric, sold-out show in the Studio in 2018, Korean-American dance-pop icon Yaeji returned to the Opera House in 2023 for her very first Vivid LIVE appearance with an immersive multimedia live show filled with c...

  • Lu Yang - DOKU - The Binary World: Outlines 2023

    DOKU, The Binary World is a premiere screening of the live motion-capture performance by Shanghai-based artist Lu Yang, originally staged in 2022 as a real-time collaboration between Hong Kong's Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District and the Sydney Opera House.

    In a remarkable networked perfo...

  • Brodsky Quartet / In Session (2023)

    The iconic Brodsky Quartet deliver an exceptional recital traversing Bach to Britten performed live in the Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyer.

    'In Session' is a series of intimate, long-form music films, staged behind closed doors. In taking a highly stylised filmic approach, 'In Session' go...

  • Discovery Project - London Symphony Orchestra (2023)

    Go behind the scenes on a special project, which sees musicians from London Symphony Orchestra working with Sydney and Regional NSW Youth Orchestras on a unique performance.

    The LSO returned to the Sydney Opera House in May 2023 and, alongside their three monumental performances, they worked wit...

  • Shortwave - New Digital Commissions: Outlines 2023

    Shortwave is Sydney Opera House’s platform for interdisciplinary Australian artists, commissioned to create new work which explores and extends their digital practice.

    In the 2023 program, Brad Darkson, Nasim Patel, JD Reforma, Claudia Nicholson, Riana Head-Toussaint and Feras Shaheen present pe...

  • UNSW Sydney UTZON Lecture with Jan and Lin Utzon (2023)

    Join Jan and Lin Utzon in conversation – as we journey through the legacy of their father, Jørn Utzon, the visionary architect of the Sydney Opera House. In a brief UNSW Sydney UTZON Lecture, Jan will examine the architectural brilliance of the building that has inspired a nation. This will be fo...