A digital program book will be available to download on this page a week prior to the concert. A limited number of printed program books will be available for $10 each at the concert.
Everyone is invited to join conductor Elizabeth Scott for a run-through of Elena Kats-Chernin’s song Summer Together ahead of the concert. In the concert, the whole audience will sing the song and will be broadcast live on ABC Classic.
Seating is on the carpeted stairs in the Northern Foyer.
Access the Northern Foyer via the new tunnel from the Southern Foyer.
ABC Classic will live broadcast the 2PM Sunday 17 December performance.
Carols at the House is back! True to form, we’re combining beautiful and uplifting music with your favourite Christmas carols and filling the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House with the sound of a 600-strong choir and full symphony orchestra.
Australian stage icon John Bell will shape the program with moving and thoughtful spoken interludes. Popular soprano Julie Lea Goodwin is our featured soloist. And conductor Elizabeth Scott has chosen the perfect selection of music for this family-friendly concert.
John Rutter’s Gloria is the highlight: a magnificent setting of the words the angels spoke to the shepherds on the first Christmas Night. Blazing brass, gorgeous harmonies and ecstatic singing. Highlights from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet music set the party mood. Favourites ranging from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas to highlights from Handel’s Messiah will evoke a northern hemisphere Yuletide, while Australian carols, both classic and new, and Luke Byrne’s rapturous Capricorn bring the concert Down Under.
As a special treat, ABC Classic host Vanessa Hughes will compere the concert and on Sunday, everyone is invited to join in singing Summer Together – a new song written by Elena Kats-Chernin with words by Kirli Saunders. ABC Classic will live broadcast the performance as part of the ABC Classic Choir initiative.
Of course there will also be opulent arrangements of carols and popular standards, stirring baroque choruses, some unexpected delights and plenty of audience participation – perfection.
Join in the Carols at the House tradition and celebrate Christmas with us!
Friday 15 December 2023 at 8pm
Saturday 16 December 2023 at 8pm
Sunday 17 December 2023 at 2pm
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
HANDEL Messiah (highlights)
TCHAIKOVSKY Nutcracker: Suite
ADAMS O Holy Night
BERLIN White Christmas
KATS-CHENIN & SAUNDERS Summer Together
and an eclectic mix of singalong carols and favourite Christmas music.
This program will run for approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.
Elizabeth Scott conductor
Vanessa Hughes compere
John Bell actor
Julie Lea Goodwin soprano
Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra
Premium $129 | A $105 | B $85 | C $60 | D $45
Concessions $116 | A $92| B $75 | C $55 | D $41
Under 30 $30
A booking fee of $8.95 per transaction applies.
Under 30 $30
A booking fee of $8.50 per transaction applies.
Up-to-date COVID guidelines will be available a few weeks before the concert. Please note that we regularly update our guidelines based on health advice available at the time.