Sydney Opera House Upgrade

In mid-2019, 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 mid-2019, 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 mid-2019 and we expect it to be completed by the start of 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 mid-2019, it's business and concerts as usual.

The Lounge | Closure of Bistro Mozart

Bistro Mozart on Level 1 at the Sydney Opera House is now closed to make way for a new lobby-style lounge serving café food and drinks all day, every day.

The new Lounge will provide an inviting area for visitors to relax, eat and drink, learn more about the Opera House, the artistic companies that perform there and the Renewal projects that will be taking place over the coming years. This work is expected to be completed by November 2016.


During construction, alternative dining options will be available across the Opera House site, including $30 Early Bird offers from Aria Catering, Eat Drink in the Western Foyers; Opera Bar and Opera Kitchen.

When the Lounge opens, you'll be able to enjoy café-style food such as sandwiches and pastries, cool drinks, tea and coffee during the day. In the evening there will be pre-theatre offerings including champagne and wine by the glass, non-alcoholic drinks and light, supper-style food. Of course, you can also enjoy the sandwiches, cheese boards, meat boards, sweets and beverages in the southern foyer of the Concert Hall from 90 minutes before each performance.