50/50: Celebrating 50 iconic years

50/50: Celebrating 50 iconic years

Celebrate the Sydney Opera House’s 50th anniversary with rare and unseen recordings from the archive, spanning opera, classical, dance, theatre, contemporary music, documentaries and livestreams. Free and exclusive to Stream.

Iconic artists, unforgettable performances, works that changed the way audiences saw the culture: Across its 50 year history, the Sydney Opera House has played host to an incredible diversity of talent, from musicians, choreographers and dancers to actors, playwrights, filmmakers, contemporary artists and visionary thinkers who challenged and shaped the cultural landscape. To mark our first half century, we’re digging deep into the archive to bring audiences rare and often unseen performances.

Please note, due to licencing restrictions, availability will vary from film to film, and some titles may not be available outside of Australia.

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50/50: Celebrating 50 iconic years
  • Ursula Yovich - From Our House To Yours (2020)

    Available worldwide until 11th Sept 2024.
    Singer, songwriter, actor, playwright and storyteller Ursula Yovich returns to her first love, singing, in this exciting performance for the 2020 Sydney Opera House 'From Our House to Yours' season. Created in response to COVID-19 lockdowns and the tempor...

  • An Evening with Stephen Hawking (2015)

    There are few scientists that can be said to have touched the public imagination. Physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking is one such scientist. Appearing as part of the 2015 Ideas at the House program, Professor Hawking joined us from Cambridge, via livestream hologram technology, for his firs...

  • 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...

  • Sampa The Great - Vivid LIVE (2022)

    Available worldwide until 27th May 2027.
    In an Australian exclusive performance for Vivid LIVE 2022, Sampa Tembo – better known as Sampa The Great – debuted her long-awaited show 'An Afro Future', performing the four-time ARIA award-winning debut album 'The Return' with her epic band, dancers and...

  • 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...

  • DeRay Mckesson - The Case For Hope (2019)

    In the face of violence and racism, how do we keep believing in change? A leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, co-founder of the Campaign Zero police reform campaign and host of podcast Pod Save the People, DeRay Mckesson places the idea of shared hope for a better future at the core of his...

  • 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 ...

  • Pussy Riot / Zona Prava - In Conversation (2014)

    Russian conceptual artists and political activists Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova and Maria (Masha) Alekhina are founding members of the art collective Pussy Riot, who became a global symbol of dissent in Russia with their idiosyncratic blend of feminist art and activism. They were sentenced to t...

  • Steven Oliver - Bigger & Blacker (2021)

    Available worldwide until 9th Oct 2025.
    Steven Oliver from ABC’s hit television series 'Black Comedy' is joined on-stage with musician Michael Griffiths for the critically acclaimed comedy cabaret 'Bigger & Blacker', recorded in the Studio in 2021. Weaving comedy and contemplation though stories...

  • A Stroke of Genius (1983)

    Created in 1983 to celebrate the 10th birthday of Sydney Opera House, 'A Stroke of Genius' uses contemporary interviews and archival footage to retell the story of the House and its impact on the social fabric of the city. Opening with a dramatic sequence of the House sculpted in ice, the documen...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...