The Opera House’s unique white ‘sails’
Utzon’s design was not easy to build. The construction of the white 'sails' turned out to be a huge technical challenge and it took 4 years to find the solution. The entire construction took 16 years. The Sydney Opera House was inaugurated in 1973 and despite its relatively short existence, it has become a beloved icon of Sydney and Australia. American architect Louis Kahn even said: "The sun didn’t know how beautiful her light was, until she saw it reflected on this building."
1600 performances a year
Year-round, the Opera House hosts musicals, plays, ballets and of course operas. There are approximately 1600 shows per year. The complex consists of 6 different halls that are praised for their beautiful acoustics. The largest venue is the Concert Hall. There is also a large outdoor area, the so-called Forecourt, where al fresco concerts are held. A lovely place to spend a sultry summer evening. An evening at the Opera House does not necessarily need to entail a theatrical performance or concert. On a balmy Sydney summer evening, the Opera Bar is the perfect spot for a bite and a drink, accompanied by live music. The large terrace offers great views of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
Take a look under the roofs
Under the sails
During the day there are various tours of the Opera House complex. The general tour gives visitors a glimpse into the history of the Opera House and explains the ground-breaking architecture. Those more interested in the magic of the theatre may also book a 'backstage tour'. During this tour, the curtain literally goes up and reveals the secrets behind the scene. Reservations are required as the number of tickets per tour is limited.