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The Sydney Opera House

Joyce Tan

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An iconic landmark and masterpiece of human creativity, the Sydney Opera House is Australia’s number one tourist destination attracting more than 8.2 million visitors a year. The sculptural elegance and modern architecture of the Sydney Opera House adds to the character of the scenic Sydney Harbour. It is one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres where more than 1600 performances come to life featuring artists from Pavarotti to Gotye and Karen O!

The Opera House sits on Sydney Harbour’s Bennelong Point northeast of Circular Quay, Sydney’s waterside transport hub. In 1956, an international design competition was held in which Danish architect Jørn Utzon was announced the winner and awarded ₤5000 for his design. This revolutionary landmark was originally envisaged to take 4 years to build, however it eventually ended up taking 14 years due to complications along the way, not to mention it was also a massive project that involved 10,000 construction workers.

In the Concert Hall of the Opera House, the temperature must remain at 22.5 degrees when the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is on stage. This is because humidity and temperature are crucial elements that play an important role in ensuring instruments stay in tune. Paul Robeson – an American actor, bass singer and civil rights activists was the first person to perform in the Opera House in which he sang Ol' Man River to the construction workers as they were having lunch.

The Sydney Opera House is definitely a must-see when visiting Sydney! Rejuvenate your senses as you delve into the stories and magic behind this majestic architecture.

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