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Sydney Opera House

The famous building is home to Opera Australia, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony, and is one of the most recognized performing arts venues in the world. It has also been placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2007 and is administered by the Sydney Opera House Trust.

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House was created by Jorn Utzon. The building of the Opera House started in 1959 and finished in 1973. The remarkable design incorporates many contrasting geometries to beautiful effect. The Opera House is located at Bennelong Point on Sydney Harbour ; near Australia 's other great icon, the Sydney Harbour Bridge . The Sydney Opera House is considered a classic model of expressionistic architecture. It was opened on October 20, 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II and has been operating as a fully functional opera house and arts complex since its inception. With its geometric designs and harbor side placement, the Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic architectural wonders of the world.

To get to the Sydney Opera House is easy to do. You need to get to Circular Quay then walk the few hundred metres to the Opera House. There are both trains and buses that will take you there, or simply head up George St from the centre of the city. If you are coming by train you simply get off at Circular Quay; likewise if you travel by ferry.

It is a very distinctive building that was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. It has three main interlocking shells. The shell-shaped roofs are self-cleaning glossy white and matte cream Swedish made tiles.

While the Opera House was under construction, performances were already presented for the workers. The first to perform was Paul Robeson. On October 20, 1973, Queen Elizabeth II opened the Opera House as Queen of Australia. During that time, it was opened with the Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.

It was made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. In 2005, under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, it was made part of the National Heritage List. The Minister of Environment and Heritage's approval is needed before making any changes.

There are five main performance spaces, a recording studio, souvenir shops and five restaurants in the Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House Grand Organ is the world's largest mechanical tracker action organ. The grand organ is in the Concert hall, which has the capacity of 2,678 seats. It is primarily used for concert presenters. The Opera Theatre has 1,507 seats and it is home to the Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet. The Drama Theatre is mainly used for dance, drama. It has 544 seats. The Playhouse has 398 seats while the Studio can contain 400 people.

Many performers have graced the Sydney Opera House. It does not only cater to operas but to theatre, ballet, conferences, ceremonies, and musical productions as well. You can take daily tours of the Sydney Opera House or you can explore it by yourself. It is located in Bennelong Point, Sydney 2000 New South Wales . It is near the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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