Sydney Opera House, Sydney

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    The Quintessential Thing To Do

    by saw50st8 Written Sep 13, 2006

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    No trip to Sydney is complete without a trip to the Opera house. We took a guided tour of John Utzon's masterpiece. The tour left every 30 minutes and lasted for 1 hour. The tour went to the two main concert halls, plus one of the smaller theaters. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and was able to answer all our questions.

    $26 per adult
    $23 per adult if booked online

    If you book online for an early tour (9 am, 9:30 am and 10 am), the price goes down to $16

    There is also a box office right at the Opera House, so you can book operas and concerts for after the tour. There are 3 different operas a week plus plays and other events.

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    Sydney Opera House

    by mdchachi Updated Sep 3, 2006

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    The opera house is a major landmark. You must, at a minimum, take pictures of it! You might even want to attend an operatic or theatrical event. We didn't see an opera but we did see an unorthodox production of King Lear in the playhouse. Besides the fact that it was off the wall and had some homoerotica thrown in, I don't remember any of it. Still, it was a fun thing to do at the time!

    After the play we watched the sun set and then had the good fortune to watch a major thunderstorm come rolling in over the harbour towards us. I had my camera on a tripod and took as many lightning shots as I could until the rain overcame us. Then we ducked into Bennelong's, a classy restaurant which is part of the SOH complex, to wait out the storm.

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    by snowsk8er Written Aug 30, 2006
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    Gotta check out the Sydney Opera House. It's a landmark of Australia that one must see if visiting the city. You really can't miss it. Designed by a Danish architect, that still has yet to see his finished product. Great place to sit and relax and soak of the views of the harbour, and skyline. If you get a chance, check out a play.

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    Must see!!

    by Lunaina Written Aug 19, 2006

    The Opera House of course is a must see attraction, you cannot miss it while in Sydney. Also great is to see a show, there are pretty cheap tickets, they are sold early on the day of the opera. I saw 'La Traviata', amazing!!

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    Expressionist modern style

    by hez28 Written Jul 24, 2006

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    The Sydney Opera House is Sydney’s No.1 icon. It stands proud on Bennelong Point, on the eastern side of the Circular Quay. It was built 1957-1973. It is definitely a must-visit when you’re in Sydney. The architecture is amazing! It has a great stairway (which reminded me of the stairway at the Sacre Couer in Paris); a nice spot to sit with your friends and enjoy Sydney! I also liked the curvy and pointy roofs, which were arranged according to heights (if seen from the waters). They get your attention very quickly even if you’re far. If you look closely at the roofs, they have a detailed pattern that looks like shells.

    I went in the opera house and visited one of the auditoriums. You can arrange your tours there at the entrance. Tickets AUD$ 17-28.

    Here’s a quote I really liked by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, who designed the Sydney Opera House:
    I call this my “key to the shells” because it solves all the problems of construction by opening up for mass production, precision in manufacture and simple erection and with this geometrical system I attain full harmony between all the shapes in this fantastic complex.

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    Booking for a show at the Opera House

    by WaRPer Written Jul 12, 2006

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    If I can, then everyone can!!! It’s a lot easier than any other national theaters in the world!! Just check to show programs on the 1st Fl. of the Opera House, decide what you’d like to see and the timetable then go straight to the box office and book it!! Or you can book it at home via the Internet, no problem. The dress code is mostly smart casual; T-shirts and jeans are acceptable unless it’s noted for “Formal dress” which is really rare. The shows range from primary school children’s performance, one stand-up comedy to full-scale symphony orchestra. After enjoy your night IN the Opera House, get DOWN to the Opera Bar UNDER the Opera House and enjoy the harbor’s spectacular night view, way prettier than anytime of the day.

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    Opera House

    by traveloturc Written Jul 3, 2006

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    I am sure that you read a lot about this famous building which is the symbol of Sydney.
    You only think about the architect Joern Utzon he has to be very proud with his work .
    Take photos like any other visitor of the city

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    the Sydney Opera House

    by margaretvn Updated Apr 23, 2006

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    Visit the Sydney opera house, it is beautiful.
    Construction of the opera house began in 1958 and was completed, despite the architect resigning, in 1973. Today it is one of the worlds busiest performing arts centres. It is mainly used for opera and ballet. The largest hall, the concert hall, can seat 2,690. It is beautifully situated on the waters edge.

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    by globetrotter06 Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    Sydney Opera House is probably one of the best known buildings of the 20th century. It was designed by the Dane Joern Utzon, who 1957 won the the competition for the design of the Sydney Opera House. His other works include the Kuwait National Assemly (1972) and the Bagsvaerd church complex (1975).

    In March 1959 the constructions began and was completed and officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October 1973.

    The Opera House consist of a concert hall, opera house, a drama theatre and several restaurants.

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    by didgeridorien Written Mar 8, 2006
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    The Opera House was designed by Jorn Utzon, in a contest. To get good tickets for a performance in the Opera House can be quite expensive, but there are tours of the Opera House as well, or you can sit on the steps and watch the world pass by.

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    You just have to have a look.

    by kid-keith Written Mar 1, 2006

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    The opera house was alot bigger than i thought it was going to be, if in Sydney i`m sure you`ll visit it. Theres plenty of market stools and cafes around it and i had the pleasure of sitting on the steps in the pouring rain watching on a big screen England beating France in the semi-final of the rugby world cup, i`ll never forget it.

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    Sydney Opera House

    by bijo69 Written Feb 16, 2006

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    Of course you have too see one of Sydney's most famous sights: the Opera House.
    The construction started already in 1959 with the Danish architect Joern Utzon in charge. In 1966 Utzon left the project to an consortium of Australian architects to design the interior. Costs of building exceeded the budget dramatically and lotteries had to be staged to secure the financing. The building was finally completed in 1973 and inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II.
    I saw a ballett here. Nice performance as far as I could see... you don't have a great sight from the cheaper seats.
    You can also tour the Opera House in the mornings and afternoons.

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    by sunshinejo Written Feb 9, 2006

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    No trip to Sydney would be complete without at least passing by the Opera House and having a quick look at it. This is withut a doubt one of the most famous buildings in the world, and something that instantly springs to mind upon hearing the word "Sydney". In my opinion it is beautiful and incredibly photogenic, and I found myself returning to it on numerous occasions to photograph it in a different light or from a new angle.

    If seeing it from the outside isn't enough for you then there are guided tours that take you around the inside of the building, telling you about the architecture and history of the Opera House. These leave every half hour between 9am and 5pm and cost $23 for adults, $16 for children under 16.

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    Sydney Opera House - the icon of Australia

    by aukahkay Written Feb 8, 2006

    Sydney's Opera House is undoubtedly the icon of Australia. Its characteristic sail-shaped roof formed the logo of the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Designed by Danish architect Jern Utzon and completed in 1973, the Opera House stands at Bennelong Point overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour. It is host to major international performing groups and music festivals including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. During a trip to Sydney in December 2000, my friend invited me for a concert by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Opera House. The interior was huge and modern and the acoustics were superb.

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    Sydney Opera House

    by Scotsgal Written Jan 6, 2006

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    The Sydney Opera House is amazing to see and all you want to do is just take pictures of it. I think the back is more impressive than the front of the opera house as the back has all the steps you can climb up and you have nice views out to the harbour.

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