Contemporary Music

Contemporary Music

A selection of contemporary music performances from Sydney Opera House.

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Contemporary Music
  • Music at the House | The Cure, H.E.R., Bon Iver, Solange & more

    The Opera House has played host to many incredible performances. From Bon Iver's goosebump show to Solange's powerful Australian debut, our Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall, chooses 10 of his favourite music videos captured from under the Opera House sails.

    What's your favourite Opera Ho...

  • Barrabuwari presents Ziggy Ramo | Live on the Forecourt

    Returning to the Sydney Opera House after his digital debut as part of From Our House to Yours, Ziggy Ramo is a gifted young rapper who has quickly become one the nation’s hip-hop luminaries. Mixing provocative rhymes and old school inspired beats to uplift community and speak truth to power, his...

  • Wu-Tang's RZA and Briggs | In Conversation

    When Staten Island Hip-Hop Meets Aussie Hip-Hop. Before Wu-Tang took over the Concert Hall, we invited Australian rapper Briggs to chat with one of his biggest music influences, the groundbreaking hip-hop craftsman RZA.

    Having never met before, the two spoke about numerous topics including RZA’s...

  • Nick Cave & Warren Ellis | 'Push the Sky Away'

    Recorded at Sydney Opera House, December 2019

    Watch The Bad Seeds bandmates' encore performance of 'Push The Sky Away' performed live with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, conducted by Nicholas Buc. The legendary Australian musicians performed their triumphant rendit...

  • Nook & Crannies | A Live Music Tour of Sydney Opera House

    2 videos

    Nooks & Crannies is a unique two-part live music series celebrating iconic architecture and artistic expression in unexpected and spectacular unseen spaces inside Sydney Opera House. Watch enchanting performances from Glen Hansard, José González, Hiatus Kaiyote, Moses Sumney, Kelsey Lu, The Natio...

  • Ziggy Ramo | Little Things (feat. Paul Kelly)

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this film contains voices and videos of deceased persons.

    In a cinematic journey tracking forward and backwards in time, Ziggy Ramo makes his directorial debut with the music video for his new single “Little Things” feat Paul Kelly....

  • Sunnyboys | Live + Documentary

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    Experience the rush of Australia’s legendary post-punk power pop quartet Sunnyboys, as the original lineup returned for one night only to celebrate their fortieth anniversary at the Opera House. Rental bundle includes 'The Sunnyboy' documentary, which follows the journey of lead singer Jeremy...

  • Andrew Weatherall | In Conversation

    Andrew Weatherall was one of the music world's true innovators. He made his first and only appearance at the Sydney Opera House in December 2017 with an unforgettable five-hour Studio party, taking the audience on an eclectic journey through the history of electronic music and beyond.

    In this i...

  • Dirty Three | In Conversation

    Giving their first interview on camera in 25 years for Vivid LIVE, Warren Ellis, Jim White and Mick Turner a.k.a Dirty Three spoke to Head of Contemporary Music Ben Marshall about making their incendiary debut record, being hand-picked by Robert Smith to play at the Opera House and life on the ro...

  • ACO | 'River Man' by Nick Drake (from 'Bach and the Beyond')

    Despite a lack of commercial success in his short 26 years, Nick Drake left a catalogue great enough to inspire artists such as Robert Smith of The Cure, Kate Bush and Beck, just to name a few. Hear the Australian Chamber Orchestra's beautiful rendition of 'River Man', sung by ACO Principal Violi...

  • Barrabuwari - A Sunset Gathering of Music | Live on the Forecourt

    7 videos

    The future of Australian music assembles for Barrabuwari (‘tomorrow’ in the Gadigal language), an Indigenous-led and culturally diverse showcase that highlights the next generation of game-changers across hip-hop, pop, soul, and techno. Featuring Barkaa, Becca Hatch, JK-47, Kobie Dee, Milan Ring...

  • Rita Ora | ‘Bang Bang’ + Interview

    Rita Ora performs ‘Bang Bang’ in a performance recorded at Sydney Opera House, and originally broadcast on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Plus, Rita talks with Linda Marigliano in an interview recorded exclusively for ‘Stream’.

  • Jack River Presents 'Visions of Us' | Live on the Forecourt

    2 videos

    With Special Guest MAY-A

    Special Musical Guests - Budjerah, Annie Hamilton and Isabella Manfredi
    Words from - Brooke Boney, Grace Tame, Kirli Saunders

    Making her Sydney Opera House debut, ARIA-nominated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Holly Rankin, aka Jack River, brings together a series ...

  • Gordi | From Our House To Yours

    Australian folk-pop singer and producer Gordi performs the official international album launch show for her latest record, Our Two Skins.

    Performing a full set with her four-piece band, this special one-off event was Gordi's debut Opera House performance, recorded and streamed live from the Joa...

  • Winston Surfshirt | From Our House To Yours

    Get ready to snuggle in for a session of lush soul heaters, as Manly’s very own hip-hop funk machine Winston Surfshirt make their Sydney Opera House debut in an intimate performance beamed live to your lounge from the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

    Playing in an intimate three-piece mode, Surfshirt ex...

  • Ambient 1: Music for Airports - Alaska Orchestra | From Our House To Yours

    Ambient 1: Music for Airports, performed by Alaska Orchestra with live visuals by Carla Zimbler (Live). Written by Brian Eno.

    The Alaska Orchestra led by Megan Alice Clune, along with Heather Shannon and Mara Schwerdtfeger return to Sydney Opera House for their digital stage debut with a live st...

  • DOBBY | From Our House To Yours

    Rhyan Clapham, aka DOBBY, is a Filipino and Aboriginal rapper, drummer and speaker with family from Brewarrina on Ngemba land. Direct from the Joan Sutherland Theatre, he combines cultural stories and experiences with his impressive vocal, keyboard and drum skills to create rap that is contagious...

  • Bow and Arrow | From Our House To Yours

    Meet eccentric Blue Mountains-based electro soul duo Bow and Arrow, aka husband and wife team Mindy Jane (Bow) and Mitchell Kwanten (Arrow).

    These talented partners in crime have been seen tearing up the stage at Homeground, and headlining this year's Badu Gili Live series. Gathering a followi...

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

    An exclusive broadcast 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 featured a broadcast of p...