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Balkan superstar Goran Bregović and his Wedding & Funeral Band will return to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall in May to debut his critically acclaimed new work, Three Letters from Sarajevo.

Returning with his signature infectious Gypsy-rock mastery for a boisterous night in the Concert Hall, the prolific composer will play a mixed repertoire spanning three decades of beloved tunes alongside his latest album dedicated to the city of his birth, the soulful cross road of civilisations Sarajevo. Lovingly referred to as ‘Letters’, the album celebrates his country’s history and diversity, and honours the three religions that co-exist in Sarajevo –  Christianity, Judaism and Islam – each represented by a different violinist.

Former leader of Yugoslavia’s socialist avant-garde rock band Bijelo Dugme (White Button), Bregović has collaborated with legendary voices Iggy PopScott Walker, Polish star Kayah and fellow Sydney Opera House party-starter alumnus, the Gipsy Kings. The 67-year-old’s musical legacy is perhaps best known through his heart-wrenching scores for Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker Emir Kusturica, including Time of the Gypsies (1989), Arizona Dream (1993) and the classic film Underground (1995).

A dedicated explorer of diverse musical traditions, Bregović combines Bulgarian, Georgian and Corsican traditions with electric guitar and lively vocals. However, his true passion is the music of Europe’s roaming Gypsy musicians. Transcending geographic and cultural boundaries, Bregović’s music with the world-famous Wedding & Funeral Band celebrates the cathartic power of a live music experience through the seamless blend of Gypsy-Balkan brass, folk percussion, vivacious vocals and a string troupe.

The return of Goran Bregović to the Concert Hall guarantees a joyous and soul-nourishing evening that will make it impossible to stay in your seat.


  • “Bella Ciao” (LIVE) Paris 2013
  • Three Letters From Sarajevo Trailer

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