Opera House Essentials

Opera House Essentials

A 'starter pack' selection of Opera House favourites. If you want to get to know Sydney Opera House, press play!

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  • Lighting of the Sails | Austral Flora Ballet by Andrew Thomas Huang

    Watch the sails of the Sydney Opera House transform into a large-scale canvas for Vivid Sydney, featuring Andrew Thomas Huang's new work "Austral Flora Ballet".

    Commissioned by the Sydney Opera House & Destination NSW for the Lighting of The Sails at Vivid Sydney 2019.

    Director: Andrew Thomas ...

  • Dance Rites | First Nations Dance & Culture

    Dance Rites — Australia’s First Nations dance competition — is the Sydney Opera House’s free celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dance and cultures on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt, taking place each spring. In November 2019, more than 350 performers from 19 Aboriginal and Torre...

  • 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...

  • Delta Goodrem: Global Citizen LIVE at the Sydney Opera House

    In 2019, the Sydney Opera House became the first major Australian arts organisation to make a commitment to achieving the Global Goals. We continue to further embed the Global Goals into our work.

    We were super excited to have been part of Global Citizen Live – a 24-hour Global event featuring o...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Natalia Osipova | Artist Profile

    Few dancers boast a career as stellar as Natalia Osipova. In this interview, Osipova unpacks the moments that made her — from a mentorship with Alexei Ratmansky, to becoming principal artist at The Royal Ballet. Her new work, Pure Dance, balances the classical and contemporary disciplines, reflec...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Lillian Ahenkan (aka Flex Mami) | Ideas at the House

    Entrepreneur, author, TV host, DJ, model, social media superstar: is there anything that Lillian Ahenkan can’t do? In this lively, inspiring conversation, Edwina Throsby speaks with Ahenkan – better known as FlexMami – about her path to modern stardom, delving into her unique life philosophy, ind...

  • Zindzi Okenyo reads Sidney Opera Mouse | Footlights & Booklights

    Zindzi Okenyo reads Sidney Opera Mouse written by Graham Hosking and illustrated by Inky Stone, with special thanks to Sydney Opera House Major Partner – Mastercard®. Sidney is a little mouse who dreams of becoming a singer. Except there’s a little problem – he’s stuck in a pet shop. Can Sidney e...

  • Bell Shakespeare: John Bell, One Man In His Time | From Our House To Yours

    Presented in association with Bell Shakespeare.

    A special performance from John Bell AO, who founded Bell Shakespeare based on his belief that all Australians should have access to the works of Shakespeare in performance. In an excerpt from One Man In His Time, John shares his reflections on the...

  • Badu Gili | Wonder Women

    A celebration of the rich history and contemporary vibrancy of Australia’s First Nations culture, Badu Gili continues the traditions of Bennelong Point, formerly known as Tubowgule ('where the knowledge waters meet'), a gathering place for community, ceremony and storytelling for thousands of yea...

  • Piano Day | 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...

  • 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!