50 films celebrating 50 iconic years
Iconic artists, unforgettable performances, works that changed the way audiences saw the culture: Across its 50 year history, the Sydney Opera House has played host to an incredible diversity of talent, from musicians, choreographers and dancers to actors, playwrights, filmmakers, contemporary artists and visionary thinkers who challenged and shaped the cultural landscape. To mark our first half century, we’re digging deep into the archive to bring audiences 50 rare and often unseen performances over 50 days, and special livestreamed events from our Birthday Festival – free and exclusive to Stream.
Each day we’ll take a peek into the archive to reveal a piece of history, going all the way back to 1973 to the very first opera ever performed on our stage, a spectacular rendition of Prokofiev’s adaptation of War and Peace, going all the way up to the present day.
On this week 2 - 8 October 2023
Celebrate the Sydney Opera House’s 50th anniversary with 50 consecutive days of rare and unseen recordings from the archive, spanning opera, classical, dance, theatre, contemporary music, documentaries and and livestreams from our Birthday Festival.
Available worldwide from 2 Oct 2023
Pussy Riot’s feminist, punk protests drew attention to the abuses of Putin’s regime, work which continued through their NGO, Zona Prava. They joined us at the 2014 Festival of Dangerous Ideas to talk about their work. (Stream Premiere)
Available worldwide from 3 Oct to 3 Nov 2023
In 2018, Ensemble Offspring transformed the Utzon Room with a program featuring work by American composers David Lang and Annie Gosfield, and Australian composers Andrea Keller, Fiona Hill and Thomas Meadowcroft. (Stream Premiere)
Available worldwide from 4 Oct to 4 Nov 2023
A collaboration between Shaun Parker and composer Nick Wales, and featuring a cast of 14 musicians, singers and dancers, 'AM I' is an inspired blend of spoken word, razor-sharp choreography and live music. (Stream Premiere)
Available worldwide from 5 Oct to 5 Nov 2023
The voices of young Indigenous women from Gondwana Choirs, singing in English and Yindjibarndi, come together with The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl and guests Emma Donovan, Peter Garrett and Briggs for a powerful collaboration. (Stream Premiere)
Available Australia only from 6 to 20 Oct 2023
For 50 years the Sydney Symphony has been resident at Sydney Opera House. In this 2023 concert, they celebrate some of their most memorable moments in the Concert Hall. (Premiere)
Available Australia only from 7 Oct to 7 Nov 2023
Entertainer extraordinaire Peter Allen performs to a sold-out Opera House crowd in this seminal 1977 concert film, performing songs such as 'I Go To Rio' and the Grammy Award winning 'I Honestly Love You'. (Stream Premiere)
Available worldwide from 8 to 11 Oct 2023
Internationally-renowned, ARIA-award-winning folk-pop star Vance Joy returned to the Sydney Opera House in November 2022, bringing his intimate, anthemic hits to the Forecourt stage.
Coming up Until 22 October 2023
Available worldwide from 9 Oct 2023 until 9 Oct 2025
Steven Oliver from ABC’s hit television series 'Black Comedy' is joined on-stage with musician Michael Griffiths for the critically acclaimed comedy cabaret 'Bigger & Blacker', recorded in the Studio in 2021.
Available worldwide from 10 Oct 2023
Celebrating the 10th birthday of Sydney Opera House in 1983, 'A Stroke of Genius' retells the story of the building through contemporary interviews and archival recordings, including then-unseen colour footage from the 1960s, discovered in the NSW Public Works department. (Stream Premiere)
Available Australia only, from 11 Oct to 11 Nov 2023
In 2012, Sydney Opera House welcomed Steve Reich for a celebratory program, opening with Synergy Percussion performing ‘Drumming (Part I)’, 'Mallet Quartet' and 'Clapping Music', featuring an appearance on stage by the renowned composer. (Premiere)
Available Australia only, from 12 Oct until 12 Nov 2023
Kate Mulvany won a Helpmann Award for her portrayal of one of the most ambitious and gleefully amoral villains ever written in Bell Shakespeare’s acclaimed 2017 production of Richard 3. (Stream Premiere)
Available worldwide from 14 Oct to 14 Nov 2023
30 years since the release of their multimillion-selling eponymous album, the acoustic punk innovators made their Opera House debut in 2014, performing the record in its entirety and transforming the Concert Hall with their inimitable rite-of-passage, alt-rock. (Premiere)
Australian Chamber Orchestra - Inside/Out at the House: Celebrating Icons - From Bach to Barnes (2023)
Available Australia only, from 14 Oct to 28 Oct 2023
The Australian Chamber Orchestra joins our birthday celebrations with music ranging from JS Bach to Jimmy Barnes. Artistic Director Richard Tognetti leads the Orchestra in a showcase of everything that makes the ACO so unique. (Premiere)
Available worldwide from 15 Oct until 15 Nov 2023
This 1983 performance features some of Australia’s all-time greatest: Dame Joan Sutherland stars as Leonora, with Kenneth Collins and Jonathan Summers as the two men who love her. Richard Bonynge conducts with sets by legendary Australian painter Sidney Nolan. (Stream Premiere)
Available worldwide from 16 Oct to 16 Nov 2023
Recorded at Sydney Opera House in 2013, Paquita is a sparkling showcase for The Australian Ballet, showcasing Marius Petipa's choreography, in a performance that is full of spectacular turns, exuberant leaps and delicate footwork.
Available worldwide from 17 Oct 2023
Join Jan and Lin Utzon in conversation – as we journey through the legacy of their father, Jørn Utzon, the visionary architect of the Sydney Opera House, examining the architectural brilliance of the building that has inspired a nation.
Available worldwide from 18 Oct to 18 Nov 2023
In collaboration with Iva Davies and the band Icehouse, Graeme Murphy produced a phenomenally successful dance / theatre / rock music extravaganza, in a breathtaking production which quickly filled the Opera Theatre to capacity in November 1985. (Stream Premiere)
Available Australia only, from 19 Oct to 2 Nov 2023
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ dazzling tribute to Broadway will take you back to an era of lush orchestrations and catchy songs that changed the shape of musical theatre for decades to come. (Premiere)
Available worldwide from 20 Oct to 3 Nov 2023
Bangarra Dance Theatre present the streaming premiere of Frances Rings’ first work as Artistic Director - the acclaimed 2023 production ‘Yuldea’, a ceremonial affirmation of history and heritage. (Premiere)
Available worldwide from 21 Oct to 21 Nov 2023
A controversial and provocative 1968 BBC film about the building of Sydney Opera House, and architect Jorn Utzon’s ultimate departure from the project, rediscovered decades after it was presumed to be destroyed. (Stream Premiere)
Available worldwide from 22 Oct 2023
To celebrate our 50th birthday, we’re throwing open our doors for a free event, live-streamed around the world. Join us as we move explore our famous venues and witness the magic that takes place behind the scenes. (Premiere)
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