Contemporary Music

Contemporary Music

A selection of some off the very best contemporary music performances and interviews from the Sydney Opera House archive.

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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...

  • Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M / Gravel Pit

    Featuring RZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, GZA, Cappadonna. In a history-making event in 2018, the Avengers of rap celebrated 25 years since the release of their ground-breaking debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) – see all nine members bring...

  • Iggy Pop - I Wanna Be Your Dog / Search and Destroy / The Passenger / No Fun

    Highlights from the Godfather of Punk's incendiary debut at the Sydney Opera House in April 2019, featuring the classic songs 'I Wanna Be Your Dog', 'Search and Destroy', 'The Passenger' and 'No Fun'.

    Widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of all time, Iggy Pop pre-figur...

  • H.E.R. - Focus / Let Me In / Lights On

    Following two fever-pitch mixtapes of woozy RnB, the mysterious trap soul heartbreaker H.E.R. finally made her roof-shaking Australian debut at Vivid LIVE 2018. Watch three tracks from her incredible performance in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, 'Focus', 'Let Me In' and 'Lights On'.

  • The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin Live

    Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1999 masterpiece, The Soft Bulletin, technicolour rock legends The Flaming Lips made their Sydney Opera House debut in 2019, playing the album in full alongside their greatest hits.

  • 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...

  • Amon Tobin - ISAM Live

    Prepare for a sensory overload from Vivid LIVE 2012. Brazilian born producer Amon Tobin performs his seventh studio album ISAM and back catalogue in a custom-built cubic installation for an audiovisual 3D spectacle like no other.

  • Panda Bear - Live

    Animal Collective co-founder Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear), made his highly anticipated Australian debut in the intimate settings of the Sydney Opera House Studio in 2018. A unique blend of experimental-pop, featuring sun-drenched sampling coupled with introspective lyrics, Panda Bear’s careful at...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Underworld - Border Country

    British techno titans Underworld bring soaring vocal samples and ricocheting rhythms to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall with their performance of "Border Country". Recorded at Vivid LIVE 2019.

    Video by Tall Story Films.

  • 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...

  • In the Mood – A Love Letter to Wong Kar-wai & Hong Kong

    Starring Rainbow Chan, Eugene Choi & Marcus Whale
    Recorded Live at Sydney Opera House

    Duration: 40 Minutes
    Available throughout 2021

    Celebrating the landmark film’s 20th anniversary, 'In the Mood – A Love Letter to Wong Kar-wai & Hong Kong' is a fever dream live streamed performance featuring a...

  • 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...

  • Kamasi Washington - In Conversation

    Moments before stunning a sold out Concert Hall audience, tenor sax don Kamasi Washington sat down with Sydney Opera House Music Producer Alister Hill to chat about the parallels between imagination and reality, how a digital age is making us write music faster, and why the first take is always t...

  • Nooks & Crannies Part 1 - A live music tour of Sydney Opera House

    Nooks & Crannies is a unique live music series celebrating iconic architecture and artistic expression in unexpected and spectacular unseen spaces inside Sydney Opera House. In Part 1, watch enchanting performances from Glen Hansard, José González, Hiatus Kaiyote, Conor Oberst, Nai Palm and Poliç...

  • Nooks & Crannies Part 2 - A live music tour of Sydney Opera House

    In the second installment of this unique live music series, we celebrate iconic architecture and artistic expression in unexpected and spectacular unseen spaces inside Sydney Opera House. Featuring performances from Moses Sumney, Kelsey Lu, The National, Camp Cope, Courtney Barnett, Kevin Morby &...

  • Briggs - Bad Apples

    Watch Briggs bring the house down with his anthem "Bad Apples", alongside Jesswar, Nooky, Kobie Dee, Philly, Rebecca Hatch and jayteehazard at Vivid LIVE 2019.

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

    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 of special guests for an u...

  • 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...

  • JK-47 - Live at Barrabuwari - A Sunset Gathering of Music

    JK-47 is an explosive young Indigenous rapper whose jaw-dropping mic skills and powerful sense of community saw him crowned triple j’s 2020 Unearthed Artist of the Year.

    This set was performed live at the Sydney Opera House for Barrabuwari (‘tomorrow’ in the Gadigal language), an Indigenous-le...

  • Barkaa - Live at Barrabuwari - A Sunset Gathering of Music

    Barkaa is a Malyangapa, Barkindji woman and rising rapper who was named both ‘Next Big Thing’ at FBi Radio’s SMAC Awards and Rookie of the Year by Acclaim Magazine in 2020.

    Barkaa's set was performed live at the Sydney Opera House for Barrabuwari (‘tomorrow’ in the Gadigal language), an Indigeno...