Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House, Tourism New South Wales

One of the great buildings of the 20th century, the Sydney Opera House stands at the far end of East Circular Quay, breathtaking in its beauty against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour. Thought by many to echo the sails seen in the harbour, it was in fact the natural fall of a segmented orange that inspired Jørn Utzon’s design, although Utzon never saw the completed building. After resigning in anger over changes made to the interior design, he left, swearing never to return. The recent renovations to the interior were carried out under his direction prior to his death in November 2008. A guided tour is recommended (bookings essential, 9am–5pm daily), or take the intimate back-stage tour. (Tours (02) 9250 7250). A variety of music, theatre, ballet and other performances on every day and night. (02) 9250 7777.


A performance at the Sydney Opera House

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