We’re calling it. Forget Tupac’s “hologram” appearance at Coachella in 2012 or even last year’s in-game Fortnite festival, 2020 will be the year digital entertainment really hit peak saturation—for obvious reasons, but also because music and the arts are absolutely what we need to maintain sanity in quarantine.
The long list of typically IRL-only venues to announce live stream and virtual spin-offs has thus far included everything from zoos to The Guggenheim, but the latest to drop a digital season is the Sydney Opera House.
Let’s face it, Sydney wouldn’t be Sydney without this architectural and cultural icon beaming soul-soothing sounds into our hearts, or in this case, our living rooms.
The new program, called From our House to yours, is essentially a free on-demand library, with new content being dropped at 6pm Wednesday through Sunday every week. While you’ll be able to stream premiers and new broadcasts, you’ll also be dipping into the Opera House archive, with iconic concerts, talks and beautiful, meditative scores performed by the likes of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. All you need to do to watch is jump on the Opera House website.
The new digital program follows up Opera House’s exclusive broadcast event for Piano Day 2020, which featured at-home performances by Andrea Lam, Margaret Leng Tan and Simon Tedeschi, unreleased recordings of Jon Hopkins and Joep Beving, and interviews with composer and Piano Day-founder Nils Frahm and Opera House piano tuner Terry Harper. You can watch it here.
“Now, more than ever, people need to be inspired and to feel connected,” says Sydney Opera House Director of Programming Fiona Winning. “We believe the Opera House plays an important role in bringing the community together and we hope this program can provide a meeting place online for people to both escape and connect.”
From our House to yours kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday 1 April. And on the bill for this week, is a 2019 Valentine’s Day performance from Missy Higgins, the premier of a talk filmed at this year’s All About Women event with writer and artist Chanel Miller, highlights from last year’s spectacular Dance Rites dance competition at Bennelong Point, a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth, and a panel conversation with screenwriters from Rosehaven, Please Like Me, Community and Rick & Morty.
And why not make a night of it with these quarantinis.
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