Morrissey plans four-show stretch at Sydney Opera House

Morrissey (above) will perform four shows at the Sydney Opera House as the famously gloomy British singer headlines a festival of light. -- PHOTO: AFP
Morrissey (above) will perform four shows at the Sydney Opera House as the famously gloomy British singer headlines a festival of light. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Morrissey will perform four shows at the Sydney Opera House as the famously gloomy British singer headlines a festival of light.

Morrissey will sing on May 26-27 and May 30-31 at the iconic waterfront venue as part of Vivid Sydney, an annual showcase of arts and ideas marked by elaborate light projections.

Ben Marshall, the curator for the music portion of the festival, described Morrissey as a "uniquely gifted and inimitably stylish" artist.

"I have vivid teenage memories of his face all over our lever-arch files in high school," he said in a statement Tuesday.

"These four vital, intimate concerts will be a very special occasion for all those like-minded souls who've been affected by Morrissey," he said.

The 55-year-old former lead singer of The Smiths has won an intense following around the world for his darkly ironic tales of life's tribulations.

Morrissey is also known for his militant advocacy of animal rights and refuses to perform at venues that serve meat during his concerts.

Morrissey, who last performed in Australia in 2012, has returned to active touring after a health scare that caused him to cancel a month of US shows last year.

He later told an interviewer that he had received treatment for cancer.