Sydney Opera House Upgrade

In 2020, the Sydney Opera House will begin upgrading the Concert Hall to deliver the true ambitions of the original creators of this iconic building – for you to enjoy your country's flagship orchestra and other great orchestras of the world in a world-class acoustical setting.

These works will begin in 2020, so there is no impact on your 2017 or 2018 concert seasons.

The works to the Concert Hall will focus on three main areas:

  • Acoustics: a warmer, brighter sound experience which will finally give us all an outstanding acoustic in which to enjoy symphonic music.
  • Accessibility: reducing, and in many cases even removing, the need to climb multiple stairs to reach every level of the Concert Hall.
  • Technical systems: improving lighting, air-conditioning and sound systems which will greatly improve your physical concert experience.

You can discover more details about the plans via the Sydney Opera House website.

Chief Conductor David Robertson and our musicians have been intimately involved in the process of formulating the plans and will continue to be over the coming years.

Work in the Concert Hall is scheduled to start in 2020 and we expect it to be completed by late 2021. For these 18-months, the SSO will offer our usual Concert Hall concerts in an alternative venue. As soon as we find a venue that meets both your and our needs for concerts we will let you know. But until 2020, it's business and concerts as usual.