Like a fleet of sailboats with the wind in their sails; that’s how the Sydney Opera House stands out in the harbour. In 1955 the Australian government held a competition for the design of a new theatre and opera building. The winning design has since become an international icon.
The creator of the futuristic building was the Danish architect Jørn Utzon (1918-2008). His bold entry caught the judges’ eyes immediately. Utzon was a keen sailor and the huge white roofs symbolise his love for the sport. It’s also a marvellous reference to the location of the building: Sydney’s harbour front.
Musical productions are performed all year round at the Opera House, along with plays, ballets and of course, opera. All together there are 1600 performances a year. The complex consists of no less than six different auditoriums that are each well known for their excellent acoustics. Furthermore, there is a large outdoor arena, the so-called Forecourt, where concerts are also given regularly.
An evening at the Opera House does not necessarily have to take in a theatre production or concert. On a balmy summer’s evening in Sydney, the Opera Bar is the perfect place for a snack and a drink. The large terrace offers wonderful views of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, with a background soundtrack of live music.
During the day various tours of the complex are available. The general tour will give you a glimpse into the history of the Opera House and highlights the groundbreaking architecture. For those with more interest in the magic of the theatre the backstage tour is a must as the curtain is literally lifted and the secrets of the wings are divulged.
Address: Bennelong Point
More information on: www.sydneyoperahouse.com