Sydney Opera House, without a doubt the most timeless and phenomenal of the architecture reflecting the Midas touch of the 20th century.
Resembling the elegant sails billowing in the breeze the opera house is a sight to endure. Jørn Utzon was the mastermind behind the masterpiece that celebratorily opened on 20 October 1973. Constructed with a collection of high precast concrete “shells”, which are composed of segments of a sphere, the Sydney Opera comes under the title of modern expressionist’s design.
This attraction and its ambiences inhabit the entire of Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, located in between Farm Cove, Sydney Cove and also next to other iconic landmarks.
The Sydney Opera House includes a number of performance venues.
Concert Hall: With 2,679 seats, it is the home of Sydney Symphony Orchestra and is used by a variety of other concert presenters. It houses the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ which is the largest mechanical tracker organ to date with over 10,000 pipes.
Joan Sutherland Theatre: This 1,507 seated, massive proscenium arch theatre, is home to Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet. It was known as The Opera Theatre and later in October 2012; the name is changed to Joan Sutherland Theater.
Drama Theatre: Once again another arch proscenium theatre with 544 seats, is mainly used for the Sydney Theatre Company and other dance and theatrical presenters.
Playhouse: It is an end-stage theatre with 398 seats.
Studio: A flexible space with a maximum capacity of 400 seats, with 280 permanent seats, depending on the configuration.
Utzon Room: This is under the name of the man who designed opera house, a small multi-purpose venue for parties, corporate functions and small productions (such as chamber music performances).
Outdoor Forecourt: A flexible open-air venue with a broad range of configuration options, where the monumental steps can be used for audience seating for a variety of community events and major outdoor performances including the famous Aria awards.
Eugene Goossens who was the Director of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, saw it is ideal to build an opera house to display theatrical performances of Sydney in Bennelong point.
In 1954, he finally succeeded with the inflow of designs for a committed opera house.
The building encompasses several performance venues which collectively are considered among the busiest performing arts centres in the world.
It hosts well over 1,500 performances yearly and is watched by a whopping 1.2 million odd people.
Performances at Sydney opera house is presented by numerous performing artists, including seven resident companies namely Sydney Theatre Company, Australian Chamber, Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Bangarra, Bell Shakespeare, Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Upholding the title of one of the most famous visitor sites, more than eight million people visit the attraction yearly, it is something not to miss.
As an icon of Australia leaps, into the world’s stage as a society headed for the future, the Sydney opera house sure does live up to its expectations.
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