The Opera House will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Utzon Music Series with a stellar 2017 season that takes you up-close-and-personal as some of the world’s greatest artists perform music from every period in the intimate surrounds of the famed Utzon Room.
Since 2007, this incredible series has given audiences the chance to hear some of the world’s finest musicians in the only Opera House performance venue entirely designed by Jørn Utzon.
The 2017 season promises more inspired music-making, from renowned English soprano and early-music specialist Dame Emma Kirkby to New York’s Calder Quartet, France’s Debussy String Quartet, Uzbek piano prodigy Behzod Abduraimov and Australia’s own John Bell and Simon Tedeschi in a rare spoken-word-and-piano performance of Richard Strauss’ adaptation of Alfred Tennyson’s Enoch Arden.
Spanning mediaeval songs, the classical cannon and works by living composers, the Utzon Music Series takes audiences inside the masterworks, from Beethoven, Liszt, Ravel and Shostakovich, to the room itself, framed by Sydney Harbour on one side and Utzon’s own tapestry inspired by the music of Bach on the other.
Sydney Opera House, Chief Executive Officer, Louise Herron AM says “The Utzon Music series is a jewel in our year-round classical music program, showcasing what the Opera House does best – celebrating emerging talent and presenting established stars in a venue like no other.”
Utzon Music Series Curator Yarmila Alfonzetti says “I have heard the best concerts of my life in the Utzon Room, and I have been transformed by the opportunity to hear artists like Ian Bostridge, Christian Tetzlaff, Cameron Carpenter, Daniel Hope, the Brodsky Quartet and countless others in this precious space. I have the privilege of curating this dynamic and intimate Series and this significant milestone is a celebration in which all lovers of fine music can share.”
Caroline Haski is a long-time Utzon Music Series patron and has seen performances every year of the series. Ms Haski says “I’ve been exposed to a variety of excellent performances in a very special room with an ever changing view that feels intimate and informal. The audience is almost in the musician’s private space and I feel so connected to the artists. It’s a real treat and creates a sense of awe that appeals to all my senses.”
All patrons attending the Utzon Music Series receive a complimentary drink and program.
Utzon Music Series 2017 – Complete Program
Calder Quartet 3pm, Sunday 26th February
Leslie Howard 3pm, Sunday 26th March
Mahan Esfahani 3pm, Sunday 30th April
Behzod Abduraimov 3pm, Sunday 2nd July
John Bell & Simon Tedeschi 3pm, Sunday 9th July
Karen Gomyo 3pm, Sunday 6 August (Playhouse)
Debussy String Quartet 3pm, Sunday 17th September
Natalie Clein 3pm, Sunday 15th October
Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg 3pm, Sunday 26th November