Sydney Opera House – Midas touch of the 20th century

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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  • Resembling the elegant sails billowing in the breeze
  • Jørn Utzon was the mastermind behind the masterpiece
  • A modern expressionist’s design
  • Great monuments together
  • Resembling the elegant sails billowing in the breeze
  • Jørn Utzon was the mastermind behind the masterpiece
  • A modern expressionist’s design
  • Great monuments together

Category

Performance venue

Transport from Sydney CBD

Opera house is located in the central harbour hub of the CBD, almost 5min drive from the north of city centre.

It sits on the small sliver of land called the Bennelong Point which protrudes into the harbour northward.

Circular Quay, where you can catch buses, trains and ferries are 5min walking distance to the Opera House.

Shuttle service is available for elderly and disables from Circular Quay.

Planning to drive? You can instantly rent a car suited to your personal needs filtered by price, availability, time and pickup/dropoff locations, by major car service providers.

     

Car Park

Wilson Parking operates the Sydney Opera House Car Park, which is a public car park that serves the Sydney Opera House and its surrounds. The car park is located at the north end 2 Macquarie Street with car access nearby to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt.

It accommodates 1,200 parking bays and has pay machines on every level of the car park.

The car park is accessible every day of the week day & night, and also has an undercover access to the Sydney Opera House Lower Concourse.    

Address   

Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000   

 

Phone no

(02) 9250 7111

         

Website

http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/

Opening Times

It is a performance venue, so the opening times of this attraction varies depending on the shows or events on that day.

The guided tour runs daily, between 9 am and 5 pm.                

Click here to download Sydney Opera house precinct map.

         

Age Group

The attraction has something all will enjoy.  

         

Activities

Other than the performances that run in various concert halls and theatres, opera house offers the guided tours which is available in multiple languages.

If you really want to immerse yourself into what goes into making a show really pop, you should check out the Sydney opera house backstage tour with breakfast. Only 12 people are on the tour which gives one on one feel.

Visit Duration

Visit duration of the specific performance depends on the running time of the event.

Backstage tours take 2 or more hours.

Guided tours are an hour long.

You can also explore the area on your own.

 

Best time to visit

The best time to visit is obviously when your event is, you can explore the venue before or after the show.

In general summer times are much more crowded.

         

Food & Drinks

Because the Sydney Opera house is in a very lively area, streets adorned with restaurants are present to suit all needs.

Inside the venue, theatre bars are located in the concert hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre foyers.

Northern Foyer Lounge is located at Joan Sutherland Theatre.

There is also Bennelong restaurant and Opera bar (lower concourse level) and more.

Furthermore, The Sydney Opera House team offers a Tour and Tasting Plate where you can find yourself dining in Opera Kitchen al fresco, where Sydney’s best gastronomic delicacies are tied together with one of the world’s most paramount of views. It’s a luxurious three-tiered sample menu which is a perfect end to your day of the Sydney Opera House experience.

Services & Retail

There is a public lift to access all performances at the Sydney Opera House.

Toilets are located on the lower concourse, Main Box Office, Western foyers and concert hall northern foyer all of which can be accessible by those with limited mobility.

Shuttle bus drop off point is on the lower concourse.

Other available services are Bars, shops, cafes, restaurants, ATM, Souvenir photo desk and a public telephone facility.

Nearby Sites

Some of the sites close to the Sydney Opera House are Harbour Bridge, Government house, Royal botanic gardens, Customs House, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney and Museum of Contemporary Arts.

Things to note and safety tips:     

  • Unfortunately, children under ten aren’t allowed on the backstage tour and children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times due to safety reasons.
  • Bags are subject to inspection and any bags bigger than a standard handbag need to be stored in the cloakroom during the tour or performance.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the performance hall, and smoking is allowed in the outdoor areas
  • Phones are required to be put on silence and in low light mode throughout performances.

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