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...

  • The Necks / In Session

    The award-winning band The New York Times called “the greatest trio on earth” perform live in the Utzon Room, performing their singular mix of avant rock, jazz and ambient music in a unique single-take performance.

    'In Session' is a series of intimate, long-form music films, staged behind closed...

  • HTRK / In Session

    Melbourne electronic post-punk duo HTRK perform live in the Drama Theatre, shortly prior to their Sydney Opera House debut in May 2022, with a set which draws heavily from their acclaimed 2021 album, 'Rhinestones'.

    'In Session' is a series of intimate, long-form music films, staged behind closed...

  • On The Level with Gordi

    Candid, in-depth, and always revealing, On The Level is a new monthly interview series that catches up with artists during their visit to the Sydney Opera House, discussing their careers, inspirations, and preparations for their performance. In our first episode, acclaimed singer-songwriter Gordi...

  • Sampa The Great: Final Form: Vivid LIVE 2022

    Sampa The Great presents An Afro Future, with special guests Mwanjé, KYE and sounds by C.FRIM. Watch the finale track of her evening's performance that brought the house down 'Final Form'.

    Rent her full performance now on Stream.

    Imagining a world of creativity and culture beyond the confines ...

  • Tkay Maidza: 24k: Vivid LIVE 2022

    After a four-year hiatus, and fresh off her tour with Billie Eilish, Zimbabwe-born Australian hip-hop star Tkay Maidza makes her long-awaited Sydney Opera House debut.

    Watch her fun and energetic performance of ‘24K’ as part of Vivid LIVE 2022 in the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera H...

  • Meg Mac: Never Be: Vivid LIVE 2022

    Australian soul icon Meg Mac makes her Sydney Opera House debut. Watch her perform hit 'Never Be' as part of her powerhouse performance for Vivid LIVE 2022.

    Rent her full performance now on Stream.

  • Gordi: Radiator & Volcanic: Vivid LIVE 2022

    A gifted singer-songwriter with a knack for layered, introspective folk-pop sounds, internationally acclaimed Australian artist Gordi makes her Vivid LIVE debut with a solo performance in the Drama Theatre at the Sydney Opera House.

    Watch her contemplative performance with experimental synth vo...

  • Liminal Moments - Highlights From the Music Film Series

    Highlights of our 'Liminal' contemporary music film series featuring eight Australian artists, each creating unique live performances for the screen –spotlighting BLESSED, Budjerah, Chris Abrahams, EGOISM, Liz Martin Band, Maina Doe, Ninajirachi and Young Franco.

    For 'Liminal', the Joan Sutherl...

  • Liminal: Young Franco

    Watch more Liminal performances here.

    Liminal is a bold contemporary music film series featuring eight Australian artists as they create unique live performances for the screen.

    What better way to shake off the remnants of lockdown than with Young Franco, the Brisbane-born, Sydney-based produc...

  • Liminal: Maina Doe

    Watch more Liminal performances here.

    Liminal is a bold contemporary music film series featuring eight Australian artists as they create unique live performances for the screen.

    Blazing a trail into the sonic future, Sydney singer-songwriter Maina Doe has fast become a singular talent on the lo...

  • Liminal: Chris Abrahams

    Watch more Liminal performances here.

    Liminal is a bold contemporary music film series featuring eight Australian artists as they create unique live performances for the screen.

    Take a hypnotic journey with The Necks’ master pianist. As one third of one of Australia’s most important bands The ...

  • Liminal: EGOISM

    Watch more Liminal performances here.

    Liminal is a bold contemporary music film series featuring eight Australian artists as they create unique live performances for the screen.

    The Joan Sutherland Theatre’s transformative new Liminal stage was practically designed for EGOISM, the rising Sydne...

  • Liminal: Ninajirachi

    Watch more Liminal performances here.

    Liminal is a bold contemporary music film series featuring eight Australian artists as they create unique live performances for the screen.

    The perfect expression of our future-facing new Liminal music series, 22-year-old electronic producer, DJ and songwr...

  • Liminal: Liz Martin Band

    Watch more Liminal performances here.

    Liminal is a bold contemporary music film series featuring eight Australian artists as they create unique live performances for the screen.

    More than a decade since her last appearance performing Walking On Air with Aerialize, multi-talented singer, songwr...

  • Liminal: BLESSED

    Watch more Liminal performances here.

    Liminal is a bold contemporary music film series featuring eight Australian artists as they create unique live performances for the screen.

    A musical enigma on the verge of superstardom, Ghana-born Sydney-sider BLESSED brings his singular mix of hip-hop, p...

  • Liminal: Budjerah

    Watch more Liminal performances here.

    Liminal is a bold contemporary music film series featuring eight Australian artists as they create unique live performances for the screen.

    Australia’s hottest young R&B talent makes his solo Opera House debut. Streaming as part of Liminal, a bold, new con...

  • Ed Kuepper with Jim White: Collapseboard

    In June 2021, right before things slowed down, we were fortunate to host a very special collaboration of two great Australian musicians. Ed Kuepper of The Saints fame and Jim White of Dirty Three joined forces to deliver a spellbinding performance, delving into Kuepper's 45-year catalogue.

    Watch...

  • 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'.

  • DJ Koze & Róisín Murphy - Sing It Back / Pick Up

    Pioneering, genre-bending German producer DJ Koze debuted his game-changing mix of house, soul, hip hop and R&B at the Sydney Opera House in December 2019, with an epic night of euphoric sounds and exceptional visuals.

    In these highlights, Koze's "Knock Knock" album collaborator, Róisín Murphy m...

  • 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...