World-renowned mentalist Scott Silven will mystify crowds at the Opera House this summer

World-renowned mentalist Scott Silven will present the awe-inducing Wonders in the Opera House’s Playhouse from 1 – 13 February, 2022. A previous headline act for Sydney Festival and described by the New York Times as a “marvel”, Silven is a masterful storyteller who challenges audiences to reconsider the powers of the human mind.

In an exploration of mystery and serendipity, the debonair Scotsman guides audiences down a path of his childhood memories and how he uncovered his unique ability to make mental connections to the world around him. Utilizing his distinctive performance style that combines artful narrative, compelling mentalism and his enigmatic personality, Silven beguiles crowds with a sense of childlike wonder.

On my last world tour my trips to Australia were one of my personal highlights. From Melbourne International Arts Festival in 2019 to Sydney Festival in 2020, my Australian shows have had some of my most memorable audiences. To be returning to play at the Sydney Opera House really is a childhood dream come true.

Scott Silven:

Wonders is a show for these extraordinary times; a shared experience that explores the power of connection through unforgettable illusions. I cannot wait to once again invite Australian audiences on an adventure into the corridors of their minds and, ultimately, reveal how the wonders in our own life can bring us closer together.

Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Ebony Bott:

The Sydney Opera House has a longstanding history of presenting large-scale magic spectaculars, and Scott Silven’s Wonders is no exception. With his Scottish lilt and impeccably suited – Silven’s exquisite display of mentalism and his unique ability to connect audiences through a shared exploration of our imaginations will leave our audiences truly mystified.

Silven has toured extensively on the international stage in addition to headline engagements for Sydney Festival and Melbourne International Arts Festival. With an array of acclaimed performances under his belt including Wonders at Dusk, At The Illusionists Table (Syd Fest 2020) and the highly innovative, digitally presented New York Times Critic’s Pick The Journey, Scott Silven continues to push the boundaries of his craft with this presentation of Wonders.

Contemporary Performance at the Sydney Opera House

Contemporary Performance presents the best in contemporary dance, music theatre, cabaret, circus, magic, comedy and popular culture from Australia and the world. The program showcases blockbuster entertainment and champions innovative new productions by some of today’s best storytellers who provoke, energise and transfix audiences with reinventions of the classics.

Program highlights include the sold-out RENT, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s In The Heights, cabaret legends Michael Feinstein, Megan Hilty, John Cameron Mitchell and Megan Mullally, Assassins starring David Campbell, Thrones! The Musical Parody, and the 50th anniversary production of HAIR in 2019. Recent features in the program included James Galea’s Best Trick Ever, Circa’s Peepshow, The Choir of Man, American Psycho – The Musical and The Little Prince. Returning to the program this summer is cult hit SIX by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss and comedy phenomena Hannah Gadsby with Body of Work.


Season Details

Venue: Playhouse| Sydney Opera House
Date: 1 – 13 Feb 2022

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