The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, Australia. It is one of the 20th century's most famous and distinctive buildings. It was built by Danish architect Jorn Utzon and officially opened in 1973. Though its name suggests a single venue, the building comprises
multiple performance venues which together are among the busiest performing arts center– hosting well over 1,500 performances annually, attended by more than 1.2 million people.
|The Sydney Opera House in 1965.|
The most noticeable thing about the structure is it's shell-like roof. To me, this is the part that makes the Sydney Opera House unique. There are also glass curtain walls in the foyer space.
The building is divided into a number of performance venues:
- Concert Hall: With 2,679 seats, the home of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and used by a large number of other concert presenters. It contains the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ, the largest mechanical tracker action organ in the world, with over 10,000 pipes.
- Joan Sutherland Theatre: A proscenium theater with 1,507 seats, the Sydney home of Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet. Until 16 October 2012 it was known as the Opera Theatre.
- Drama Theatre: A proscenium theater with 544 seats, used by the Sydney Theatre Company and other dance and theatrical presenters.
- Playhouse: An end-stage theatre with 398 seats.
- Studio: A flexible space with 280 permanent seats (some of which can be folded up) and a maximum capacity of 400, depending on configuration.
- Utzon Room: A small multi-purpose venue for parties, corporate functions and small productions (such as chamber music performances).
- Recording Studio
- Outdoor Forecourt: A flexible open-air venue with a wide range of configuration options, including the possibility of utilizing the Monumental Steps as audience seating, used for a range of community events and major outdoor performances.
|Joan Sutherland Theatre (stage view)|
The first solo piano recital was in the Concert Hall on 10 April 1973, played by Romola Constatino to an invited audience.
Performances by Indonesian talents have also been held there. Some of those performances were, the great Addie MS and Twilite Orchestra, the very talented Joey Alexander, and many more.
|Joey Alexander in Sydney Opera House|
So, what do you think? Intriguing right?
Well I personally think that Sydney is an overall great destination place for your next holiday. I could tell you all about the amazing places Sydney has to offer, but that can wait another time.
So for now, trust me, Sydney is worth the travel.