2017 Season


Bach St Matthew Passion

J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion is simply, one of the greatest works of art of any age. A profound meditation on the final days of Christ’s life, as related in the Gospel of St Matthew, the Passion is a masterful harmonisation of the theatrical and the intimate, the epic and the human.

Saturday, 15 April 1pm

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House


Rossini Stabat Mater

Experience the celestial power of the voice as soloists and choir perform highlights from the operas of the Italian masters which find characters addressing heaven, from Moses leading his people in prayer to a glorious Easter Hymn in an Italian village.

Saturday 6 May, 8pm

Sunday 7 May, 2pm

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House




ChorusOz 2017

Felix Mendelssohn’s grand oratorio Elijah was inspired by two composers whose spirits hover over this season: Bach and Handel. Like his two heroes, Mendelssohn crafts biblical stories into compelling theatre — in this case episodes from the life of the Old Testament prophet Elijah.

Sunday 11 June, 5pm

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House




Tudor Portraits

Music transports us to other times and places. Journey to the Elizabethan era with our Symphony Chorus and works inspired by a golden age of English art.

Thursday 24 August, 7:30pm

Sunday 27 August, 2pm

City Recital Hall




Nordic Songs

As bracing as the arctic air and luminous as the aurora, music from Northern Europe has become central to the 21st Century choral repertoire. Eminences such as Arvo Pärt and PÄ“teris Vasks have inspired younger generations of composers to create work of intense beauty, both sacred and secular that realise the exquisite possibilities of the contemporary choir.

Saturday 23 September, 8pm

Sunday 24 September, 2pm

St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt




Elgar the Dream of Gerontius

At the end of the score of The Dream of Gerontius, Elgar wrote: “This is the best of me.” This monumental work embodies Elgar’s spiritual and artistic ideals – it is as stirringly Romantic and grand as you’d expect, but it is also Elgar’s most personal utterance.

Thursday 19 October, 8pm

Saturday 21 October, 2pm
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House




Songs of Farewell

On the 11th of November we recall the sacrifice made by men and women in protecting us, a time for contemplation of the grandest themes of life and death. Music has always played a role in occasions of shared sorrow, both as a means of expressing it, and as a consolation. Choral music is an especially powerful vehicle for the music of remembrance, a collective singing on behalf of humankind. Our Chamber Singers mark Remembrance Day with works that confront tragedy and offer hope.

Saturday 11 November, 11am

Sunday 12 November, 2pm

Paddington Uniting Church




Handel Messiah

Hallelujah! The beloved festive treat Messiah returns to the Sydney Opera House. Handel poured his heart and soul into this work: visitors found him shaken by the emotional labour of composing it. Something of this power remains in the piece – the profound sadness, the transporting joy, and the mystery of Christ’s birth and resurrection. With its musical richness, dramatic power and spiritual intensity, there is something in Messiah for people of all faiths.

Thursday 14 December, 8pm
Friday 15 December, 8pm
Saturday 16 December, 1pm
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

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