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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Classical Music & Opera
  • Ólafur Arnalds with Sydney Chamber Orchestra - Live

    In this specially-commissioned performance for Sydney Opera House's 2015 GRAPHIC, Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds leads the Sydney Chamber Orchestra on an exclusive journey through his back catalogue, with visuals by Máni M. Sigfússon.

    WARNING: This video may potentially trigger s...

  • Jónsi & Alex Somers - Riceboy Sleeps Live

    In celebration of the album's 10th anniversary, Sigur Rós vocalist Jónsi and his partner, musician Alex Somers, performed 'Riceboy Sleeps' at Vivid LIVE 2019 in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney International Orchestra and Choir. Watch highlights from the performance incl...

  • Piano Day 2020 | Nils Frahm, Jon Hopkins, Joep Beving, Margaret Leng Tan & more

    An exclusive broadcast of Piano Day 2020 featuring Jon Hopkins, Joep Beving, Margaret Leng Tan, Nils Frahm and more. First broadcast on 28 March 2020.

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

    Piano Day 2020 feature...

  • Mohammad Reza Mortazavi - Talking Music

    Mohammad Reza Mortazavi is widely recognised as one of the world's best players of the tombak and the daf, two instruments central to Persian percussive music. Relying upon nothing more than a drum and his own dexterity, Mortazavi creates trance-like polyrhythmic soundscapes, complete with melod...

  • George Meets the Orchestra | An Introduction to the Orchestra for Children

    George is going to meet an orchestra for the first time!
    He wants to learn an instrument – but which one?

    Follow George as he chats with players of the Sydney Youth Orchestra and learns all about the four families of the orchestra – strings, brass, woodwind and percussion. A perfect introducti...

  • Who's in the Lift? An Opera Singer!

    Curious kids step through the giant doors of the scenery lift at the Sydney Opera House and meet some amazing people from the stage and behind the scenes.

    In this episode, Emma, Xavier and Bartram meet an opera singer and see who can hit the highest note!

  • Who's in the Lift? A Conductor!

    Curious kids step through the giant doors of the scenery lift at the Sydney Opera House and meet some amazing people from the stage and behind the scenes.

    Who’s in the lift? Lea, Henry and Emma meet conductor Vanessa and learn how she keeps the orchestra on track with her gestures and baton!