50/50: 50 films celebrating 50 iconic years - Coming Soon

50/50: 50 films celebrating 50 iconic years - Coming Soon

A new film every day until 22nd October 2023.
Celebrate the Sydney Opera House’s 50th anniversary with 50 consecutive days of rare and unseen recordings from the archive, spanning opera, classical, dance, theatre, contemporary music, documentaries and livestreams from our Birthday Festival. 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 50 rare and often unseen performances over 50 days, and special livestreamed events from our Birthday Festival.

Each day we’ll take a peek into the archive to reveal a piece of history, going all the way back to 1973 to the very first opera ever performed on our stage, a spectacular rendition of Prokofiev’s adaptation of War and Peace, going all the way up to the present day.

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

50/50: 50 films celebrating 50 iconic years - Coming Soon
  • 23/50: A Man and An Organ (1981)

    Available Australia and New Zealand only, from 25 Sep 2023.
    This 1981 short documentary gives an insight into Ronald Sharp, the self-taught builder of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of Sydney Opera House. Ronald and others worked painstakingly for ten years to build the Grand Organ, which c...

  • 24/50: Khruangbin - Live at Sydney Opera House (2022)

    Available worldwide from 26th Sept 2023 until 27th November 2026.
    Inspired by ’60s Thai funk, Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock cool, the Texan three-piece Khruangbinhave summoned forth a sound quite unlike anything on the musical landscape: a hypnotic mix of funk, soul and psychedelic rock tha...

  • 25/50: DeRay Mckesson - The Case For Hope (2019)

    Available worldwide from 27th Sept 2023.
    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 ho...

  • 26/50: Australian Chamber Orchestra - Goldberg Variations (2018)

    Available worldwide from 28th Sept to 29th Oct 2023.
    Monumental. Iconic. Enigmatic. Transcendent. Bach’s Goldberg Variations are the stuff of legend, and one of the greatest pieces of music ever written. Richard Tognetti and the ACO bring Bach’s virtuosic masterpiece to life in the Australian pr...

  • 27/50: The National - Live at Sydney Opera House (2018)

    Available worldwide from 29th Sept to 29th Oct 2023.
    Indie rock luminaries The National returned to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt in 2018, to play in front of a 5,000-strong crowd, following two sold-out performances on the same spot four years earlier. The 2014 performance was live-streamed ...

  • 28/50: Opera Australia - Lucia di Lammermoor (1986)

    Available worldwide from 30th Sept to 30th Oct 2023.
    If there’s one role Dame Joan Sutherland will always be associated with, it’s Lucia. Her performance of the role at Covent Garden in London in 1959 made her an almost immediate superstar, with rave reviews and a rapturous audience response. He...

  • 29/50: What is The City But The People? - Livestream (2023)

    Available worldwide from 1st Oct 2023 until 1st Oct 2028.
    Backed by live music and photographic and literary work created by local artists, What Is the City but the People? invites Sydneysiders who make up the fabric of our city to parade down a large scale catwalk on the Forecourt of Sydney Ope...

  • 30/50: Pussy Riot / Zona Prava - In Conversation (2014)

    Available worldwide from 2nd Oct 2023.
    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 ar...

  • 31/50: Ensemble Offspring - Hark the Machine (2018)

    Available worldwide from 3rd Oct to 3rd Nov 2023.
    In 2018, Ensemble Offspring transformed the Utzon Room with music of today and the sounds of tomorrow in a program titled 'Hark The Machine'. Like an old machine gradually coming to life, we hear the rhythmic drive of American composers David Lan...

  • 32/50: Shaun Parker & Company - AM I (2014)

    Available worldwide from 4th Oct to 4th Nov 2023.
    Filmed in the Drama Theatre in 2014, 'AM I' is a dance and music collaboration between Shaun Parker and composer Nick Wales, investigating the quintessential meaning of I. Religion meets science in an arresting Australian production which features...

  • 33/50: Spinifex Gum (2019)

    Available worldwide from 5th Oct to 5th Nov 2023.
    The voices of Marliya from Gondwana Choirs – young Indigenous women singing in English and Yindjibarndi – come together with The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl and special guests Emma Donovan, Peter Garrett and Briggs for a powerful collaboration of voi...

  • 34/50: Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Inside / Out: Symphony Spectacular (2023)

    Available Australia only from 6th to 20th Oct 2023.
    Join the Sydney Symphony for a celebration of the music which has moved and inspired Sydneysiders for half a century. From the very first performance in the Concert Hall in 1973 to today, the Sydney Symphony has been at the centre of the bigges...

  • 35/50: Peter Allen - In Concert (1977)

    Available Australia only from 7th Oct to 7th Nov 2023.
    Widely adored Australian entertainer extraordinaire Peter Allen, performs to a sold-out Sydney Opera House crowd in this seminal 1977 concert film. Known for his flamboyant stage persona, energetic performances, and lavish costumes, Allen's ...

  • 36/50: Vance Joy - Live at Sydney Opera House (2022)

    Available worldwide from 8th to 11th Oct 2023.
    Internationally-renowned, ARIA-award-winning folk-pop star Vance Joy returned to the Sydney Opera House in November 2022, bringing his intimate, anthemic hits to the Forecourt stage.

    Following his irresistible, ukulele-driven breakout single “Ripti...

  • 37/50: Steven Oliver - Bigger & Blacker (2021)

    Available worldwide from 9th Oct 2023 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 contemplat...

  • 38/50: A Stroke of Genius (1983)

    Available worldwide from 10th Oct 2023.
    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 o...

  • 39/50: Synergy Percussion - Steve Reich, A Celebration (2012)

    Available Australia only, from 11th Oct to 11th Nov 2023.
    Renowned worldwide for his enduring influence on music, composer Steve Reich has been hailed as “the most original musical thinker of our time”. In 2012, Sydney Opera House welcomed Reich to Australia, working in a week-long residence with...

  • 40/50: Bell Shakespeare - Richard 3 (2017)

    Available Australia only, from 12th Oct until 12th Nov 2023.
    Kate Mulvany won a Helpmann Award for her portrayal of one of the most ambitious and gleefully amoral villains ever written in Bell Shakespeare’s acclaimed 2017 production of Richard 3.

    First performed around 1593, Richard III is the ...

  • 41/50: Violent Femmes - Live at Sydney Opera House (2014)

    Available worldwide from 14th Oct - 14th Nov 2023.
    In December 2014, 30 years since the release of their multimillion-selling eponymous debut, acoustic punk innovators the Violent Femmes  made their Opera House debut.
    Celebrating the anniversary of Violent Femmes (1983), the performance saw th...

  • 42/50: Australian Chamber Orchestra - Inside/Out: Celebrating Icons (2023)

    Available Australia only, from 13th Oct until 27th Oct 2023.
    There aren’t many orchestras like the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Who else could present JS Bach and Jimmy Barnes in the same concert? Renowned for explosive performances, adventurous collaborations and dynamic programs, the ACO prid...

  • 43/50: Opera Australia - Il Trovatore (1983)

    Available worldwide from 15th Oct until 15th Nov 2023.
    Enrico Caruso famously said all you need for a successful performance of Verdi’s fiery masterpiece is the four greatest singers in the world. This 1983 performance of 'Il Trovatore' at the Sydney Opera House features some of Australia’s all-...

  • 44/50: The Australian Ballet - Pacquita (2013)

    Available worldwide from 16th Oct to 16th Nov 2023.
    Recorded at Sydney Opera House in 2013, Paquita,is a sparkling showcase for The Australian Ballet, showcasing Marius Petipa's choreography, in a performance that is full of spectacular turns, exuberant leaps and delicate footwork.

    Choreography ...

  • 45/50: UNSW Sydney UTZON Lecture with Jan and Lin Utzon

    Available worldwide from 17th Oct 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 tha...

  • 46/50: Sydney Dance Company - Boxes (1985)

    Available worldwide from 18th Oct to 18th Nov 2023.
    In this first of two major collaborations with composer and performer Iva Davies and the band Icehouse, Graeme Murphy produced a phenomenally successful dance / theatre / rock music extravaganza which quickly filled the Opera Theatre to capacity...