In an Australian exclusive, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will perform one of the final works by the late, great composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. Last and First Men, an extraordinary multimedia work narrated by Tilda Swinton.

Johann Johannsson's Last and First Men


Bennelong Point
2000 NSW

Sydney Opera House
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Jóhann Jóhannsson

Event Details

Journey to a stunningly evocative future, with the exclusive Australian premiere of the late composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Last and First Men, a multimedia work and live score. Shot in black and white, this enigmatic film was also directed by Jóhannsson, with recorded narration by actress Tilda Swinton. Be mesmerised by the haunting live musical accompaniment by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conductor Benjamin Northey, with Else Torp on vocals (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds ‘Distant Sky’) & Kate Macoboy (vocals, Theatre of Voices). Be transfixed by this one night only performance in the majestic Joan Sutherland Theatre.

Seven years in the making, Jóhannsson’s opus takes Olaf Stapleton’s visionary 1930 sci-fi novel and transforms it into a deeply moving exploration of humanity’s dystopian future, mixing documentary and fiction with breathtaking 16mm footage, Swinton’s indelible voice, and the composer’s wonderfully strange and mesmerising score.

The Icelandic Jóhannsson, sadly passed away in 2018. The Sydney show follows its successful performance with the London Symphony Orchestra, and serves as a fitting tribute to the beloved musician.

Conducted by Benjamin Northey.

General Public tickets on sale Friday 22 March 2019.

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