Classical Music & Opera

Classical Music & Opera

A selection of classical music, opera and traditional music from the Sydney Opera House archive.

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  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Simone Young conducts Mahler 2

    To celebrate the reopening of the Concert Hall, and a season of new beginnings, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra turn to Mahler’s mighty Second Symphony with new Chief Conductor, Simone Young. Mahler worked on this symphony in Hamburg as musical director for the Hamburg State Opera – the same compan...

  • Piano Day | Andrea Lam, Amanda Palmer, Ian Munro, Vatche Jambazian & Zubin Kanga

    Piano Day 2022 features an exclusive broadcast of new performances by classical, experimental and contemporary musicians including Andrea Lam, Amanda Palmer, Ian Munro, Vatche Jambazian and Zubin Kanga.

    Founded by Nils Frahm in 2015, the 88th day of the year was declared Piano Day - a nod to th...

  • Ensemble Offspring | Composing Songlines

    Celebrating the unique music which has been created by First Nations Australian composers in the past 5 years as part of Ngarra-Burria: First Peoples Composers program, this special concert featuring the compact chamber force of Ensemble Offspring places these ancient musical voices reflecting la...

  • Ensemble Offspring | Composing Songlines Q&A

    A special Q&A session with 'Composing Songlines' composers and artists, led by Sydney Opera House Head of First Nations Programming, Beau James

    Yuwaalaraay composer Nardi Simpson
    Biripi composer Troy Russell

  • Side By Side - Ensemble Offspring

    Acclaimed percussionist and Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes sits down with flautist Lamorna Nightingale to discuss their careers and musical collaborations.

    Describing themselves as 'Sydney's musical mavericks', Ensemble Offspring is a small chamber ensemble of innovati...

  • Opera Australia: Staging an Opera

    Ever wondered just how much work goes into an opera production? How does it all begin? Who does it involve? 'Staging an Opera' delves into how resident company Opera Australia brings their productions to life. Enter the world of Bizet's iconic opera 'The Pearlfishers' and find out what it takes f...

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Sounds - Paque’s Souvenir De Curis

    Join Sydney Symphony for Guillame Paque’s Souvenir de Curis, performed in memory of Peter Weiss AO, lifetime friend and beloved benefactor of the Orchestra.

    Programmed by Principal Cello Umberto Clerici, Paque’s cello quartet is melancholic and elegant, sad yet playful.

    “Peter wanted everyone t...

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Justin Williams’ Movement for String Quartet

    Watch the world premiere of Movement for String Quartet, composed by Sydney Symphony Viola Justin Williams.

    Written by Justin Williams

    In just a single movement, composer Justin Williams captures the full expressive range of the string quartet, with wild and dramatic playing battling against mo...

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Sounds - Bottesini’s Passione Amorosa

    "A miniature Italian opera, with two faintly unlikely impersonators of the soprano and tenor – a pair of double basses."

    ‘How he bewildered us’, wrote a listener. Giovanni Bottesini played ‘as though he had a hundred nightingales caged in his double-bass!’

    Double bass soloists were rare then as...

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Sounds with Ben Folds

    Watch Ben Folds and musicians from the Sydney Symphony in this inspiring and spontaneous collaboration.

    Using lyrics submitted by poetry competition winner Matthew Galer as their inspiration, Ben Folds and the musicians worked together for 25 minutes to create and perform the final result.

    As ...

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Sounds - Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet

    Considered one of the pieces that brought Brahms back out of retirement, the Clarinet Quintet is a lush masterpiece filled with colour.

    In 1891, while attending a festival in the small town of Meiningen, Brahms heard the Principal Clarinettist of the local orchestra performing and was so awestru...

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Sounds - Dvořák’s Terzetto in C

    Dvořák’s passion for folk music can be traced back to its popularity in his childhood. Fragments of folk music can be heard in most of his pieces, especially Terzetto in C.

    Dvořák would have been delighted to see Sophie Cole, Georges Lentz, and Sandro Costantino getting together back in June 202...

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky & Elgar

    Impassioned and soulful. Led by our Concertmaster Andrew Haveron and featuring Sydney Symphony’s former Principal Harp Louise Johnson, this performance includes gorgeous music by Elgar, Debussy and Tchaikovsky.

    In Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro a string quartet of soloists are supported by a s...

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Baroque Delights

    Uplifting and jubilant. These masterpieces of German Baroque music explore the popular stylised dances of the era, brimming with energy and character.

    J.S. Bach was a master of musical invention, and in his First Orchestral Suite his creativity is on full display. Each movement invokes the chara...

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Dvořák and Bartók

    Colourful and surprising. This music by Dvořák and Bartók showcases the immense diversity of sound and expression that the instruments of the Orchestra have to offer.

    Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds creates a rich and full sound with only a small ensemble of musicians. This loving tribute to the Cze...

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Mozart & Beethoven

    Lively and energetic. Uplifting music by Mozart and Beethoven.

    Graceful, vivacious, energetic.

    Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.19 combines all the qualities that makes his music such a joy to listen to, and our soloist Simon Tedeschi brings a delicate touch and crystal clarity to this performance. B...

  • ACO StudioCasts Showcase

    Available free throughout 2021

    A free showcase of short highlights from the ACO’s StudioCasts film season, featuring spectacular performances from the Australian Chamber Orchestra. The first four films in the series are now available to watch as a special rental price - search ACO StudioCast Col...

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Brahms String Sextet No.1 | From Our House To Yours

    Presented in association with Sydney Symphony Orchestra

    In Brahms’ First String Sextet his best qualities shine through – gorgeous melodies and a rich romantic sound. The sextet adds an extra viola and cello to the conventional string quartet, and Brahms makes full use of the additional lower vo...

  • Sydney Chamber Opera: Diary of One Who Disappeared | From Our House To Yours

    A man meets a woman by chance. They share a fleeting moment of connection. A brief fleeting moment. She then leaves and goes on with her life. He does not... Sydney Chamber Opera perform Janáček's hauntingly beautiful song cycle, 'Diary of One Who Disappeared', exclusive to our Digital Season.

    T...

  • Ensemble Offspring: Mesmerism | From Our House To Yours

    Filmed in the Joan Sutherland Theatre as part of the Opera House’s 2020 From Our House To Yours digital season, witness the risk taking and virtuosic instrumentalists of Ensemble Offspring perform an intimate and eclectic program of progressive and innovative music of our time. The ensemble is le...

  • ACO | Maxime Bibeau performs Pēteris Vasks’ ‘Bass Trip’

    ACO Principal Double Bass Maxime Bibeau performing Pēteris Vasks’ ‘Bass Trip’ in the Sydney Opera House for the ACO's Homecast series. Says Max: "This piece has always resonated with me. It’s a journey that builds and builds, and is filled with raw expression mixed with beauty and warmth (while a...

  • Liisa Pallandi and Timo-Veikko Valve perform Bach & Jacquet de La Guerre

    Members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra Liisa Pallandi and Timo-Veikko Valve perform two baroque masterpieces by Jacquet de La Guerre and Bach in the exquisite cathedral-like surrounds of Bennelong.

    PROGRAMME
    0:00​ Introduction
    0:23​ Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre — Sonata in D
    6:50​ Johann...

  • Omega Ensemble: Gordon Kerry's Clarinet Quintet | From Our House To Yours

    Commissioned in 2019 for Omega Ensemble​, Gordon Kerry’s Clarinet Quintet was to receive its world premiere in June 2020. This performance, exclusive to Sydney Opera House's digital season, represents the digital world premiere of the work.

    PROGRAM
    Gordon Kerry Clarinet Quintet (World Premiere)
    ...

  • New Australian Classical | From Our House To Yours

    New Australian Classical brings together three exceptional local musicians to explore new Australian repertoire.

    In this piano trio program, we explore the haunting, ethereal melancholy in The Aching Bones by the Australian composer Andrew Howes, followed by the intricate, playful and sometimes ...