26 March 2015
Sydney’s stages host stellar local and international musical performances year-round with a blockbuster line-up of captivating shows that will dazzle, impress and move you. Here are some of the highlights in 2015.
Les Misérables (on now until 28 June 2015)
Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Misérables is now playing at the Capitol Theatre. Completely re-imagined with incredible new designs, and an astonishing cast, this is Les Mis like you have never seen it before. Hear classic songs including I Dreamed a Dream, Bring Him Home, One Day More, Do You Hear the People Sing and On My Own.
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Aida (27 March – 26 April 2015)
A setting such as Sydney Harbour demands a spectacular opera, so prepare for a performance of huge proportions. A royal love triangle, a war, and the famous Triumphal March will light up the waters of Sydney’s magnificent harbour. Aida is the biggest opera ever performed on our harbour stage. But amid all the spectacle, the battle scenes and ancient temples, there’s an emotional heart.
Matilda (28 July 2015 – 29 February 2016)
It has received rave reviews around the globe and now the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical is set to make its Australian premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in July. Based on the novel by acclaimed author Roald Dahl, the elaborate stage show tells the story of an extraordinary young girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to make a stand and change her destiny. The show features music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Time Minchin, with direction by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Dennis Kelly.
Vivid Music (22 May – 8 June 2015)
Check out the extensive Vivid Music program, part of the iconic Vivid Sydney festival, exploring the coolest new artistic collaborations, the hottest genres, and the breakthrough names in music and performance. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House once again celebrates the best current and future musical leaders, while the Seymour Centre features an expanded New Wave Sound program of experimental music, and Carriageworks returns with crowd favourite, Modulations. This year’s Vivid Music program has additional layers of complexity and depth with a range of smaller genre-based events at venues right across the city, including The Basement, Goodgod Small Club, Oxford Art Factory, Freda’s and The Factory in Marrickville.
Turandot at Sydney Opera House (24 June – 28 August 2015)
This opera is an exotic adventure of poetry and myth, set in a world where fear and love go hand in hand and death is always just around the corner. As the moon rises, a death cry wails through imperial Peking. Torture and death mean nothing. Freedom from possession means everything. Will the Princess win again?
La Travista at Sydney Opera House (3 July – 22 July 2015)
Velvet dresses and heaving bosoms, lavish party scenes and intimate arias – La Traviata is the quintessential operatic tragedy. The champagne is flowing, celebrations are in full swing. Lights, music and dancing fill the air and Parisian party girl, Violetta, is the life and soul of the party. And as she contemplates a life of love, it seems as though the party will never end.