Sydney Opera House, Sydney

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    Seating at the Sydney Opera House

    by ashipway Written Jun 10, 2008

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    Hi,

    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

    http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/uploadedFiles/Events/Seating_Plans/Concert%20Hall%20With%20Stage%20Extension.pdf

    Enjoy!

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    Opera House

    by kelyeah Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    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.

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    sydney opera house tours

    by gtanirtr Written Mar 25, 2008

    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 .

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    Shows at the Opera House

    by beets Written Mar 18, 2008

    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

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    Sydney Opera House

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 15, 2007

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    What can I say about Sydney Opera House that has not yet been said? Not much. This beautiful white structre will just blow your mind away.

    The roof is comprised of 10 sails. The Opera House is home to the Sydney Syphony and tours can be taken of the interior.

    We decided to explore the exterior of the Opera House and pass up on the interior visit.

    At the foot of the Opera House Famous Sydney Opera House Amazing architecture of the Opera House Another view Yet another view
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    Sydney Harbour

    by Openseas Updated Oct 8, 2007

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    The best way to see Sydney Harbour is by catching a ferry cruise or a tour cruise. There are plenty of different tours available, morining, lunch or dinner.

    for more details - www.sydneyferries.com - sydney ferry cruises.

    www.matilda.com.au - operate from darling Harbour and Circular Quay.

    www.captaincookcruises.com.au - operate from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay.

    www.magesticcruises.com.au - operate from darling Harbour and Circular Quay.

    For sailing around Sydney Harbour.

    www.sunsail.com.au
    www.eastsail.com.au

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    Sydney Opera House

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 18, 2007

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    The Sydney Opera House is situated on Sydney Harbour at Bennelong Point and is considered by many to be one of the wonders of the modern world.

    It was designed by a Dane, Jørn Utzon and was constructed under some controversy and was first opened in October 1973.

    The Opera House is one of Sydney's most enduring and popular icons with tourists and travellers from all over the world who come to visit, photograph and stand diminitutively under the sail like structures of the cultural centre of Sydney.

    I couldn't quite stand in complete awe of it as the Opera House was very heavily guarded during my short visit which happened to coincide with the 2007 APEC Summit.

    View from harbour cruise View from harbour cruise View from harbour cruise Eerily quiet One lonely APEC security guard
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    Sydney Opera House

    by SailorRoar Written Jul 9, 2007

    Not very original but you just have to do it. The guided tour is interesting but don't forget to take a walk on the outside and get photos of the roof from all sorts of weird angles. It is illegal to photograph inside the opera house, because they have sold the rights to do that to a commercial photographer or something like that. So you have to be smart and know how your camera works in low light :) It is much easier to get a shot during a concert or something like that, because the guides on the tours are very on guard for camera lenses...

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    Get the Guided Tour

    by hanabiwaiwai Written Jun 16, 2007

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    The guided tour is AUD26 (as of June 2007), with discount if u are holding the Sydney Guide Book from Airport or Visitor Centre. The tour departs every 30 minutes from 9am to 5pm.

    The tour guide took us to see the inside of the Opera House including the concert hall and drama theatre, and also told us the history about it.

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  • Sydney Opera does Ballet

    by dustyelisa Written Apr 26, 2007

    The Sydney Opera house is the architectural vision of the Sydney skyline. I attended the Australian Ballet's performance of Don Quixote in April 2007. Don Quixote was a good show. It had solid elements of talented dancers, fun plot, and beautiful costumes. The ticket was $100 Australian for a 12th row seat.

    Frankly, I was disappointed. While the performance was good, it was more solid than inspired. While the dancers were talented and delivered a good performance, they lacked an overall expressive dynamic. The variety of emotions - deceit, anger, love and joy were all delivered equally. Don Quixote was secondary to the rest of the show. Rather than escorting us through his psychosis vision, he sat on the sidelines and went along for the love story ride.

    Given more time, I would have tried a different performance. If you enjoy the theater regularly or less frequently, I do recommend seeing a show at the Opera house. It will be solid and fun.

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  • Be prepared!

    by cyclops25503 Written Apr 14, 2007

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    All i can say is to make sure you have a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig memory card for your camera, or lots of film. Because neither you or your camera will tire of taking photos of the Opera House.

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    The Opera House- It is Sydney!!

    by Marlfox Updated Mar 22, 2007

    There are lots of good places to see probably the most recognisable building in the world.

    Some of the most scenic are from the Botanical Gardens, which is a cracking place to sit down and waste away a day just hanging out with a good book.

    Another good place to see it is from up the Tower, which is pretty much a good place to see anywhere in Sydney.

    Best place to see the Opera House though, is from the Ferry to Manley. Think it was about $13 return, for a twnety minute ride each way. Its a great way to go out during the day, and then a great view coming back in the evening, when you get fantastic views of the whole harbour.

    Taken from the Botanical Gardens From the side Isn't it pretty? Taken from Boomerang point On the ferry back from Manley

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    Opera House - Design by - Jorn Utzon

    by chennaismartguy Written Feb 26, 2007

    Jorn Utzon has been recoganized as the designer of Opera House - look on the photo. It says

    "after 3 years of intensive search for a basic geometry for the shell complex I arrived in October 1961 at the spherical solution shown here.

    I call this my "key to shells" because it solves all the problems of construction by opening up for mass production, percision in manifacture and simple erection and with this geometrical system I attain full harmony between all shapes in the fantastic complex."

    -Jorn Utzon

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    Sydney Opera House

    by Joseph69 Updated Feb 5, 2007

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    If you're either wanting to see an Opera (of course, with natural accustics - hence, no microphones or speakers) or take a stroll around the Opera House, well, it's one of those "must things to do" whilst in Sydney. There are beautiful views of the harbour as well.

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    Sydney Opera House

    by 80-bettyboo Written Feb 2, 2007

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    Sydney Opera House is one of the architectural wonders of the world, the best known building of the 20th century with its design and construction involving countless innovative design ideas and construction techniques.
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    The Opera House covers 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres) of land. It is 183 metres (605 feet) long and about 120 metres (388 feet) wide at its widest point. It is supported on 580 concrete piers sunk up to 25 metres below sea level. Its power supply is equivalent for a town of 25,000 people. The power is distributed by 645 kilometres of electrical cable.
    Also The Sydney Opera House has been nominated in an election to determine the New Seven Wonders of the World

    From the harbour cruise

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