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by Jessica Valls (subscribe)
Professional photographer, writting for fun!
Published October 16th 2011
The Opera House is a masterpiece of late modern architecture. It was recognized as one of the most exceptional places on earth and was therefore included in the UNESCO World Heritage.
I went to Sydney with my partner who is studying architecture, and he's not the type of person who likes to visit museums and stuff like that. But he definitely did not want to miss this piece of art.

Jorn Utzon, the architect of the Opera House, was unknown until he was announced the winner of the international competition for a national opera house. Now, his building is admired internationally and is one of the most famous performing art centres in the world, attracting more than 8 million visitors every year.

Located next to Sydney CBD and surrounded by the harbour, you can find lots of things to do at the Opera House. Contrary to its name, the building offers multiple performance venues, restaurants, and other facilities.

Performance Venues
As one of the busiest performing art centres, the Opera House hosts over 1500 performances each year. The Opera House has different performance venues for every kind of show. The venues can also be used for conferences, ceremonies and other social functions.
The Concert Hall is home to the Australian symphony orchestra. They have the unique privilege of having the Opera House as their own concert hall. The Concert Hall also hides the Grand Organ, which is the largest in the world.

The Opera Theatre is house to the famous Australian Ballet.

The Drama Theatre is used for dances and other theatrical shows.

The Forecourt is the open-air venue mainly used for outdoor performances.

The rest of the venues are mostly multi-purpose venues with a capacity of about 400 people. The venues include the Playhouse, the Studio and the Uzton Room.

Restaurants and Cafes
There are many restaurants, cafes and bars around the Circular Quay and at the Opera House itself.

The Opera House restaurant, Guillaume at Bennelong, is apparently very good and sophisticated.

There are also other casual and outdoor dinning areas where you can enjoy various types of food, such as sushi, Vietnamese, fish or even burgers.

For a better view of the Opera House itself, the Aria restaurant is quite sophisticated but offers a relaxed atmosphere.
If you prefer to have just drinks, the Opera Bar is quite famous and offers a variety of cocktails, wines, beer and spirits. We had a couple of drinks and snack there to start the evening. The staff was very nice and the food/snacks were really good.

Other Facilities
You can find many retail outlets around the Opera House including a gift and souvenir shop, and the Opera House Market. You will notice many guided tours. These are available to visitors and include a tour of the front-of-house and a backstage, which takes visitors to the areas normally reserved for performers or staff. The tours are available in many languages including English, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. The Opera House also reaches out to students and other young people by offering school excursions.

Another great thing you could do to fully appreciate the amazing panoramic view of the Opera House, is to go on a little cruise on the river. At Port Jackson, you can choose from ferries, cruise ships, speedboats or yachts to enjoy a relaxing trip on the river and appreciate the great view of the Opera House and the Harbor Bridge.

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