Sydney Opera House will stage four free outdoor concerts on the Opera House Forecourt this April. Set beneath the iconic sails and framed by the dramatic Monumental Steps and Sydney Harbour Bridge, audiences of all ages are invited to celebrate live music at one of the world’s most spectacular outdoor venues. Registration for free tickets is essential and will be open from Wednesday 17 March (see below). The multi-genre program will feature live performances from exceptional Australian classical and contemporary artists.
Friday 9 April :Visions of Us ARIA-nominated singer-songwriter Jack River, aka Holly Rankin, will perform this a one-off show of music and poetry that will include stripped-back moments and full-band accompaniment of fan favourites from her breakthrough debut album, Sugar Mountain with special guests. Gates Open: 5.30pm/ Support Act: 6.30pm/ Jack River: 8pm
Saturday 10 April, 2.30 – 7 pm: Barrabuwari Sunset Gathering features Barkaa, Becca Hatch, DJ Plead, JK-47, Kobie Dee, Milan Ring, Spvrrow, Trackwork Label Showcase: T-Breezy, Walkerboy, Sevy, Bayang & Utility and a Calling Country Ceremony. The event will be hosted by Broriginals’ Travis De Vries and FBi Radio’s Race Matters presenters Sara Khan and Darren Lesaguis.
7:45pm – 10:45pm: Barrabuwari will present hip-hop luminary Ziggy Ramo performing his affecting and monumental 2020 album Black Thoughts. Ramo will be joined by Berlin-based producer DJ Plead, whose soundscapes draw from R&B, dance, and Lebanese pop.
Barrabuwari, meaning tomorrow in the Gadigal language, is an Indigenous-led and culturally diverse artist showcase highlighting Australia’s next generation of trailblazers. In her final curatorial event as Head of First Nations Programming, Rhoda Roberts AO together with Senior Producer of Contemporary Music Alister Hill, has programmed a collaborative and eclectic contemporary music line-up of fresh and dynamic change-makers, in a true reflection of Australia’s inclusive tomorrow.
Sunday April 11: Opera House resident company, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will conclude the weekend’s free concerts with a 25-piece string ensemble performing Heartstrings, a program of classic masterpieces from Greig, Beethoven, Arvo Pärt and Tchaikovsky, in the orchestra’s first Opera House performance of 2021. Gates open: 5.30pm/ Sydney Symphony Strings: 7pm
Registration: Audiences must register their interest to attend. Sign up here for first access to tickets. Registrations will open on Wednesday 17 March at 12pm AEDT.