Sydney Opera House Tavel Guide
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic structures on this planet, and is also the home of Opera Australia and Sydney Symphony. Situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the facility is adjacent to the Sydney central business district and the Royal Botanic Gardens, between Sydney and Farm Coves.
The building was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, formally opened by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, on 20 October 1973. The project comprises multiple performance venues which together are among the busiest performing arts centres in the world, hosting over 1, 500 performances each year. Of the two larger spaces: the Concert Hall, with 2, 679 seats, the home of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. It contains the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ, the largest mechanical tracker action organ in the world, with over 10, 000 pipes. The Joan Sutherland Theatre, a proscenium theatre with 1, 507 seats, the Sydney home of Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet until 16 October 2012. The Drama Theatre, the Playhouse, the Studio, and the Utzon Room is the smaller venues. The Forecourt, a flexible open-air venue with a wide range of configuration options, including the possibility of utilising the Monumental Steps as audience seating, used for a range of community events and major outdoor performances. Other areas are also used for performances on an occasional basis. Venues are also used for conferences, ceremonies and social functions.
The building also houses a recording studio, cafes, restaurants, bars and retail outlets. As one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, more than seven million people visit the site each year, with 300, 000 people participating annually in a guided tour of the facility. Guided tours are available, including a frequent tour of the front-of-house spaces, and a daily backstage tour that takes visitors backstage to see areas normally reserved for performers and crew members.
The Sydney Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007.