You Can Watch Virtual Performances From the Sydney Opera House for Free

updated Apr 3, 2020
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The show must go on—from your laptops. The Sydney Opera House just kicked off their new virtual programming on their website, treating digital audience members Wednesday through Sunday for the best in arts, culture, and entertainment for free. 

At 6 p.m. AEDT, the Sydney Opera House publishes archived footage that ranges from musical performances to conversations and panels to dance competitions that have happened over the years. If you do the math, that means that it’s 3 a.m. EDT, but have no fear: after the videos are initially released, they live on the website for the long run. (So you can get your daily dose of culture first thing in the morning!)

The virtual series kicked off with a performance from singer Missy Higgins that was filmed on February 14, 2019. The video is over an hour and shows every moment of the musical show, making you feel like you’re actually there as you wait for the next song to begin. And Thursday night was a compelling conversation with author Chanel Miller, who is known for her memoir “Know My Name.” 

You can see what’s showing the following day, too, in the weekly lineup. Now available is Dance Rites, an annual dance competition that takes place in Australia where more than 350 performers from around the world come together. Airing on Saturday is Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven Nine-Ode to Joy, and then the weekly schedule wraps up with a discussion with award-winning writers like Celia Pacquola and Josh Thomas, among others. 

The weekly lineup is announced every Tuesday on the Sydney Opera House’s website. So get into your best comfy clothes, grab your popcorn, and let’s head to the theater!