Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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Formed 40 years before the Sydney Opera House opened, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has become synonymous with the Sydney Opera House and calls the Concert Hall its permanent home.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has been resident at the Sydney Opera House since the building's opening in 1973. The orchestra's chief conductor is David Robertson, who succeeded Vladimir Ashkenazy at the beginning of 2014.

The orchestra was established by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) in 1932 as the National Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, and consisted of 24 musicians who performed concert recitals and provided incidental music for radio plays.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra with chief conductor and artistic director David Robertson in the Concert Hall, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 2015, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra now performs about 150 concerts each year to audiences totalling more than 300,000. The range of concerts is truly diverse, from classical recitals to the music of video games.

This diversity is also reflected in the many artists from around the world who have collaborated with the orchestra through the years.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, violins, Brendan Read, 2014, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Sydney Symphony Orchestra double bass players, Brendan Read, 2014, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Sydney Symphony Orchestra cello players, Brendan Read, 2014, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Wynton Marsalis performs with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by chief conductor and artistic director David Robertson, Ken Butti, 2016, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Wynton Marsalis performs with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by chief conductor and artistic director David Robertson, Ken Butti, 2016, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Sydney Symphony Orchestra chief conductor and artistic director David Robertson in the final bow after conducting Beethoven's Symphony No.9, Ken Butti, 2015, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House

Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde Act I.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra chief conductor and artistic director David Robertson conducts the Flying Dutchman, Keith Saunders, 2013, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Sydney Symphony Orchestra chief conductor and artistic director David Robertson conducts the Flying Dutchman, Keith Saunders, 2013, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Sydney Symphony Orchestra, early beginnings, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Sydney Symphony Orchestra, early beginnings, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Sydney Symphony Orchestra, early beginnings, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs performing at Sydney Town Hall in the 1960s, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 2014, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs performing at Sydney Town Hall in the 1960s, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 2014, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Opera singers Lance Ryan and Boaz Daniel in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde in the Concert Hall with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson, Ken Butti, 2015, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Ben Folds performs with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 2014, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Ben Folds performs with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 2014, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Visions of Vienna, Ken Butti, 2015, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
Sydney Symphony Orchestra member Paul Goodchild projected onto the sails of Sydney Opera House, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 2015, From the collection of: Sydney Opera House
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