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Sydney Opera HouseFast Facts
- Location: In Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbor
- Best Time to Visit: All through the year
- Preferred Timings: Show timings (usually in the evenings)
- How to Reach: Reach Circular Quay by bus, trains, or ferry and then walk for about ten Minutes
- Nearest International Airport: Sydney International Airport
- Nearest Railway Station: Circular Quay
- Time required for sightseeing: 1 hour except for events
Designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon in the shape of a ship with its sails open is considered one of the wonders of modern architecture. This Opera House in Sydney situated at Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbor was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973 on 20th October. This edifice measuring 185 meters long and 120 meters wide has 1000 rooms. Its roof sections weighing about 15 tons is held together by almost 350 km length of tensioned steel cable. Over one million tiles have been used for this fabulous roof. Electric wire of approximately 645 km length and 6225 square meters of glass have been used for this structure. The total cost of this stupendous performance hall was estimated at $AU 102 million.
Sydney Opera House hosts as well as organizes events not only of its home or Australian groups but also those organized by overseas cultural bodies. Wide Alley is one such event which focuses on the traditional music of China's Sichuan province. This essentially is a jazz concert involving Sichuan percussions, bamboo flute, trombone, trumpet, erhu, and prepared piano. This program is scheduled for 1st March. Ethel a group playing classical, jazz, rock, and blues have arranged a program on 22nd March. The Flinders Quartet and Genevieve Lacey together will perform on 3rd May in Utzon Room of Sydney Opera House. Sasha Rozhdestnensky, a very promising Russian violinist will perform in the Ultzon Room on 31st May. Paris based Australian pianist David Selig will accompany on the piano with Sasha. Natalie Clein and Pieter Wispelwey, both exponents of cello suites of J.S. Bach would be performing together on 2nd August.
The other significant events feature Sydney Symphony Chamber Players on 14th June, Arrebato Ensemble on 12th July, Marshall McGuire and Riley Lee on 30th Aug, Andrea Keller and Eugene Ball on 13th Sept, Kontakte on 1st Oct., Jouissance on 11th Oct., and West Australian Symphony Chamber Players on 13t December.
To take a virtual tour around the Sydney Opera House, click on this video