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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
I've been to a couple of performances in the Concert Hall. For Tony Bennett and KD Lang we sat in Circle Box C which was an excellent uninterrupted view. When we went to see Neil Sedaka we were in Platform Box X with a great view of the Symphony Orchestra. It was fascinating watching the percussion and string sections as well as enjoying the performance.
I suppose it depends on whether you need to see the performer perform or enjoy the whole experience. I would still go for a Box regardless.
You can see the seating plan for each performance but this url is pretty accurate
The Opera House is a must see if you are going to Sydney. It's just the thing to do and it's surprisingly easy to get there and there are so many other things in the area too.
The layout of the Opera House is not what you expect as there is a walk way that goes underneath it and one that leads to the front steps. I suggest you walk all the way around the lower level first and it takes you right around to the front where you can see over the other side of the harbor. I missed this the first time so take the time, it's worth it.
Then go up the steps and you can walk between the sails and there are some cool photo opportunities.
You can also go inside the Opera House thought the Box Office or there is a lower level that you can enter from. You can't get into any of the theaters and pretty much only go around the foyer. There is a shop in there and a rather large cafe. If you want to see the rest of the inside you can go on a tour. I went on the basic tour and it takes you to sections that are off limits and into the theaters (unless there is a production on). You can't take pictures inside any of the theaters put other than that I'd say go your hardest because you'll only be there once.
There is a backstage tour that you can also do and you get to see a whole lot more.
When you have had a good look around make sure you head down to the Opera House Shop (not the one inside the Opera House but there is one on the lower level outside) and there are a whole bunch of funky items you can buy. Worth a look.
sydney opera house is a must see. We took a tour of the opera house but at our tour time the concert hall was hired by an artist and we were not allowed to see inside even if we were toured by thr opera house organisation itself. Before buying your ticket ask if you can see all the halls. It was a bad surprise for us. Besides it was a nice tour, they let us see the other hall and one of the thatre .
Prices for shows at the Opera House depend on what they are showing.
There are heaps of different shows they put on like operas, plays, music concerts, comedy shows, etc. So it just depends on what's on when you visit. Sometimes there are shows at the front of the Opera House. These are usually special events, but again it can be either very expensive or inexpensive.
It is free to walk around most of the outside. Otherwise there are tours that you can go on.
They post everything that's on at the official website www.sydneyoperahouse.com