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    Sydney Opera House

    by ValbyDK Updated Sep 17, 2010

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    The Sydney Opera House is one of the most famous 20th century buildings. Designed by Jørn Utzon and constructed under some controversy, it was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 1973. The opening performance was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

    As a Dane, the Sydney Opera House is even more special because the architect was Danish. I had really great expectations before my visit, and I wasn't disappointed. The Sydney Opera House is an absolutely fantastic building with a lot of details.

    We went on a one hour guided tour and had a look inside the major theatres and halls. The Concert Hall is with 2,679 seats the largest theatre, and it is here the Grand Organ - with more than 10,000 pipes - is located. Besides the Concert Hall, the Sydney Opera House has four more theatres: The Opera Theatre (with 1,547 seats) which is used by the Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet Company, the Drama Theatre (with 544 seats), the Playhouse (with 398 seats), and the Studio Theatre (with 364 seats). We also saw the architecture up close and heard the stories of the Sydney Opera House. One of many spectacular details of the opera house is the roof that is made from 2,194 pre-cast concrete sections. These sections weigh up to 15 tons each, and are held together by 350 km of steel cable. The roof weighs more than 25,000 tons and is covered with exactly 1,056,056 Swedish ceramic tiles arranged in 4,253 pre-cast lids...

    You are only allowed to take photos inside the theatres when there are no actors on the stage.

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    Awakening of the Arts

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    Amazing structures in the highly condensed area of Circular Quay. The view of the entire city skyline with the opera house and the bridge on its edges.I was amazed to learn that it is actually several separate buildings that form the famous roof.

    No matter how many times I visit Sydney; the Opera House still has an affect on me. The Opera House appears different depending on the angle and time of day. Some days it glows bright white in the sun, when the sun starts to set it can have a pinkish tint and at night is shines like the moon in a dark sky.

    Wow!
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    Our Visit to the Opera House

    by Rambling_Rover Updated Nov 14, 2009

    On Saturday, October 10 we had matinee tickets to see Gibert & Sullivan's 'The Mikado' at the Sydney Opera House. We took a lot of pictures outside and inside at the wine bar. This was my first ever experience with a live Gilbert & Sullivan performance and it was indeed memorable and wonderful. We had a few drinks before the performance and during intermission so we had even more fun! Afterwards we visited their gift shop and found a nice Christmas Ornament for our tree this year.

    Looking to the North Lee at the wine bar inside with the program View of Circular Quay from the Opera House steps Close up of the Roofs
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    Another Opera House tip...

    by lou31 Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    I recently had my first visit to the Sydney Opera House. I was not disapointed! It was a great experience.
    This piece of architecture really is awesome. It was designed by Jorn Utzon and opened on 20th October 1973. Back then the Opera House was an extremely modern piece of architecture. I read somewhere that when it was being built it's design was so far ahead of the technology of that time, that there were difficulties in construction. The design had to be altered accordingly.
    I really need to go back and enjoy a show there...

    Awesome! The Opera House and the Bridge Close up of the sails.
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    - the "Essentials Tour"

    by sirgaw Written Oct 19, 2009

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    Since its official opening in 1973, the Sydney Opera House has been recognised around the world as an Australian icon. It stands on a promontory in one of the worlds most beautiful harbours with the equally famous Sydney Harbour Bridge as its near neighbour – a stunning scenic triple act.

    The opera house was originally estimated to cost $A7 Million and take 3 years to complete, in fact it cost $A102 Million ($A2.2 Billion if built today) and took 17 years to complete and is a marvel of modern architecture.

    We walked from Circular Quay railway station and decided to do the “Essentials Tour” and so followed the signs directing us to the tours desk. Cost was $24.50 by using our seniors cards ($35 adults, although this can be reduced to $29 by booking and paying on line – see web site for details)

    We were met by a very knowledgeable and humorous tour guide who kitted us all with radio receivers and then led us on a fascinating one-hour tour through the 2 main auditoria and 1 small theatre, as well as foyer areas. We saw several videos on the history of the building and its construction – fascinating material.

    We heard stories of the site, including the very strict rules of not admitting late comers to performances - they have to wait for a suitable break inthe performance. The theatre has locked out 2 Australian Prime Ministers and 1 US President. Perhaps the funniest was the actor playing the part of Julius Caesar; he was supposed to make his grand entrance onto the stage via the auditorium. Sadly the gentleman, dressed the part as Big Julie, was denied entrance to his own performance by an over zealous doorman. Luckily the actor was finally able to gain admittance.

    Covering the orchestra pit in the opera theatre is a strange net. Seems there was a performance where live chickens were on stage. One decided to get up close and personal with the orchestra and the other chooks decided to follow. The audience was treated to a rare and hilarious sight of orchestra members throwing the live chickens back onto stage, much to the obvious annoyance of the conductor - the netting is there on a just-in-case basis and can, we were told, accomodate over 100 chickens.

    All up a fascinating inside look at an amazing building.

    On site gift shop is worth a visit and the tour that I REALLY would love to do is the Wednesday "High Tea" where great food is combined with a live performance. Cost is $A145 per person. There are other tours available.

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    One of the Most Recognized Building in the World

    by LadyRVG Updated Jul 27, 2009

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    When I first saw the Sydney Opera House I thought, "WOW". The Opera House juts out from Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbor. The unusual structure by Jørn Utzon is magnificent with it's sail-like pieces and start white color. The Opera House is full of tourists snapping pictures of this landmark and symbol of Sydney.

    The Opera House is more than just a phot opportunity but a cultural center. The Opera House is the home to the: The Australian Ballet, Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Bell Shakespeare Company, Ensemble Theatre, Musica Viva Australia, Opera Australia, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Festival, Sydney Symphony and the Sydney Theatre Company.
    Many performers from around the world come here to perform various plays, musicals, concerts and operas.

    A one hour guided tour is avaialble for $35 (AUD).

    We were fortunate to purchase tickets for a performance of the Gondoliers on my Birthday. It was absolutely incredible.

    Such an Impressive Structure The many My first hour in Sydney and already at the Opera Me with the beautiful Opera House behind me One of my favorite Opera House Pics
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    Sydney Opera House

    by lindyz Written Jun 7, 2009

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    Undoubtedly Sydney's most recognised landmark, if not Australia's. The Opera House is a beautiful building, with rooftops imitating a ship in full sail.

    It is fun enough just to be near the Opera House, with boundless photographic opportunities. There are over 3000 events held here each year, so it is also a well utilised building. You can go on a tour of the Opera House also.

    Me on the steps of the Opera House Opera House from Centrepoint Tower On Harbour Promenade in front of Opera House

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    Brilliant AIR SUPPLY AT THE OPERA HOUSE

    by AusPinay Written May 11, 2009

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    Watching a concert especially the fabulous and brilliant band AIR SUPPLY is a must-do if ever you're in Sydney! This duo, together with their band gave a very memorable performance, made more special as they were accompanied by the world-famous SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA!

    There are lots of well-known artists from all genre who perform at the Opera House so there is bound to be something that will tickle your fancy. There's also ballet performances, drama/theatre and other shows. The kids are not forgotten as they are also catered for in their school holiday events.

    Check out sydneyoperahouse.com for their daily/weekly/regular events!

    As always, there is no shortage of dining options near or at the Opera House. My best tip is to go to Circular Quay for good value meals as it can be very expensive or hard to get a good seat near the Opera House or from the cafes and bistros under the Opera House. Just a short five minute walk, across Circular Quay are more moderately priced dining options from fast food to pubs to cafes,etc.

    fab AIR SUPPLY At the Opera  House in front of the awesome Opera House
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    Global icon & architectural masterpiece

    by clueless83 Written Apr 20, 2009

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    You don't need to see a show or take a backstage tour to appreciate the beauty of the opera house. You can marvel at the impressive architecture from the outside and you will find that you will get some fantastic photographs of it no matter what time of day you decide to visit.

    If you can bear to drag yourself out of bed, its worth heading down to the opera house to take photographs of it as the sun rises. There won't be anyone about to ruin your photo and the shape of the building looks spectacular against the colourful sky!

    Sunrise Sunset
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    The landmark of Sydney

    by muratkorman Written Apr 3, 2009

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    You can't think of Sydney without the famous Opera House. It doesn't just contribute to the art and music scene, but also to the city panaroma as a landmark. You will always see lots of people taking pictures all around the Opera House. Besides its unique architecture, the acoustics can only be experienced if you watch a concert in Opera House. There are guided tours available, but I strongly suggest to watch a concert rather than looking at the empty concert halls. We watched a classical music concert about 2 hours from the cheapest seats available which cost us 50 AUD per person. The ambiance and the acoustics were great.

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    Sydney Opera House

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 18, 2009

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    Nothing is more iconic in Sydney than the Opera House. It symbolizes Sydney as much as the Big Ben symbolizes London and the Eiffel Tower for Paris. Besides being an internationally-known landmark, it is also a working performance area. Rather than the expensive tour inside, I suggest finding tickets to other events.

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    Tour Early!

    by Susumarie Written Jan 16, 2009

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    In planning our trip, I had looked up the Opera House, trying to see if there were any performances during the time we were going to be in Sydney. Everything I looked up showed basically nothing, and I really knew nothing of the Opera House, except the famous appearance.

    We did not schedule a tour until the last day we were there, which is when we discovered there was much more available than operas and symphonies. I'm sure there are not as many uneducated as me, but there are actually 6 venues of varying types, one use to actually show movies back in the 70's -- much diversity available. If we had taken the tour the first day, we might have been able to fit a show in after all!

    The tour takes about an hour, costs AU$35 per person. There is so much interesting information to get out of the inside -- don't settle for just seeing the outside.

    Touring the Opera House Looking over the harbour from the Opera House
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    sydney opera house

    by gtanirtr Written Nov 17, 2008

    a wonderful architecture, unique in world. Take a guided tour but be careful about the availability of the stages,'cause the stages are hired by people so you can't see inside. That's what happened to us we could not manage to see the main auditorium and the officers did not informed us about the occupancy, so in advance ask the availabilty of the halls before buying your tickets

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    Shells of Sydney "Sydney Opera House"

    by happy_journey Updated Aug 9, 2008

    EXPLORE one of the famous place/architecture in Sydney.

    The Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most distinctive 20th century buildings, and one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world.

    It was among the 20 selected finalists in the 2007 New Seven Wonders of the World project.

    As well as many touring theatre, ballet, and musical productions, the Opera House is the home of Opera Australia, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony. It is administered by the Sydney Opera House Trust, under the New South Wales Ministry of the Arts.

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    Sydney Opera House for fabulous shows, etc.

    by AusPinay Updated Jul 14, 2008

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    The Opera House, one of the most popular icons of Sydney and undoubtedly the city's symbol (the sails of the opera house is the most recognizable images among tourist spots in the world!) is a glowing example of Sydney's growing artistic and cultural pursuits.

    Many events - musical, entertainment, plays, etc. are held here to add prestige to any undertaking! Opera is not the only main item featured in this architectural marvel. Famous artists, musician, painters, etc. from the world over hold concerts, launch projects and showcase their talents in a most magnificent venue amidst an equally scenic setting with views of the Harbour and the other spots Sydney is famous for!Aside from its first class amenities, there are cafes, restaurants offering all sorts of tastes and cuisines, as well as plenty of shopping opportunities to the showgoer or the tourist.

    There are tours on offer too like backstage tour, Asian tour, etc. They even have interpreters for the popular Japanese tourists.

    Be prepared to negotiate the many steps leading to the main hall of the building!

    the magnificent Opera House side of Opera House near Circular Quay posing in front of a great icon
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