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Published October 12th 2010
Home to Dame Joan Sutherland, the Sydney Opera House sits on the edge of Sydney's Harbour entrance to the city of bright lights and cultural nights. A spectacular view from all points around the Harbour side, the Sydney Opera House is a beacon at twilight, beckoning all to come and spoil their senses with music, with the World's finest of Opera.
The Sydney Opera House began construction at Bennelong Point in 1959 following a successful architectural bid made by Danish born architect Jorn Utzon. Utzon was amongst over 200 architects who entered the famous competition for building a new home for Australian's Opera it quickly become world renowned for supporting great International Operatic performances.
Did you know that the tallest part of the Sydney Opera House stands over 65 meters high and that it is has been mainly constructed using reinforced concrete, glass and white tiles? Did you know that Queen Elizabeth officially opened the Sydney Opera House in 1973, almost 14 years after construction began!
Well, it was certainly worth the wait over two million people attend the Sydney Opera House every year and many travelling from interstate, or overseas to attend. With such attention and a uniqueness of structure, the Sydney Opera House was finally heritage listed in the year 2003 by the World's UNESCO organization.
Images of Sail boats, floating flotillas and spherical shells are just some of the descriptions that have been used to describe the enormous Utzon design, which is now known as one of the most famous 20th Century structures in the World.
Ballet, Theatre and Musical productions are some of the styles of performance that have graced the floors of the Sydney Opera House. A location frequented by the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Currently held in Trust by the Opera House Trust and administered by the NSW Ministry of the Arts, the Sydney Opera House is in good hands. Looks can be deceiving! the Sydney Opera House holds inside its sail shaped walls, over 1000 rooms that include theatres, restaurants and rehearsal studios.
The Concert Hall, the Drama Theatre, the Opera Theatre, the Studio Theatre and the Playhouse are the five main performance areas within the Sydney Opera House. Housed in the Concert Hall is another world renowned feat, the Sydney Opera House's Grand Organ that consists of 10,000 organ pipes one of the largest of its kind in the whole World.
Amazing! Even the steps of the Sydney Opera House are designed for performance and have often been used for just that very thing. Yet, although Utzon was the famous architect who should be celebrated, it was Eugene Goossons who should be congratulated for inspiring the idea to build a Sydney Opera House in the first place.
Eugene Goossons was the Director of the NSW conservatorium of Music in the 1940's who lobbied the NSW government to build a venue for large scale productions performances were previously staged at the Sydney Theatre, yet it lacked the space for the performances Eugene had in mind.
Right in the heart of the Sydney City scape, the Sydney Opera House is close to some of Sydney's finest Hotels, including the Park Hyatt and the Shangri-la Hotel. Tours of the Sydney Opera House can be taken throughout the day and you can attend performances in the evening tours are conducted in English, French and German.
Sydney Opera House is committed to encouraging young students to embrace the Arts with its own Sydney Opera House Youth and Education program. Sydney Opera House embraces contemporary performance in a variety of forms and you will notice this in the yearly program that Sydney Opera House presents.
What if I were to tell you that the Sydney Opera House cost $102 million dollars to build? Or that the roof of the Sydney Opera House is held together with over 350km of steel cable! Wow!
With over 1500 performances every year, you are bound to get the opportunity to see at least one, so why not take a look at the Sydney Opera House's official website and see if anything interests you Sydney Opera House Website
Whether you wish to see a remake of Sergei Prokofiev's Opera 'War and Peace', listen to the 'Prelude to Die Meistersinger' von Nόrnberg performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, or enjoy STING's 'SYMPHONICITY', the Sydney Opera House caters to all tastes and senses.
There are numerous walking paths from the Sydney city centre leading to the Opera House, or you can catch a bus to Circular Quay and then walk from there. If you wish to see the Sydney Opera House from afar, catch one of Sydney's many Ferries on the Harbour and enjoy the waterside view.
Essential Tours of the Sydney Opera House start at $35 for Adults and $90 for a Family and leave daily between 9am and 5pm. Note: If you purchase your tickets online you get up to $5 dollars off the price and concession prices for the Sydney Opera House's Essential Tours can be purchased at only $20.30.
When:9am to late, depending upon performances in the evenings
Where:Bennelong Point, Sydney
Cost:Sydney Opera House Essential Tours begin at $35 for Adults and $90 for Familys; Sydney Opera House performance tickets will vary depending upong the Act, please check official Sydney Opera Website for details