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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House
Building information
NameThe Sydney Opera House
TypeArts complex
Architectural styleExpressionist
Structural systemConcrete frame & precast concrete ribbed roof
LocationSydney, Australia
ArchitectJørn Utzon
Structural engineerOve Arup & Partners

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The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in the Australian city of Sydney. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, finally opening in 1973 after a long gestation starting with his competition-winning design in 1957. Utzon received the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honour, in 2003.

The Pritzker Prize citation stated:


The Sydney Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007.

It is one of the 20th century's most distinctive buildings and one of the most famous performing arts centres in the world.

The Sydney Opera House is situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It sits at the northeastern tip of the Sydney central business district (the CBD), surrounded on three sides by the harbour (Sydney Cove and Farm Cove) and neighboured by the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Contrary to its name, the building houses multiple performance venues. As one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world, hosting over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people, the Sydney Opera House provides a venue for many performing arts companies including the four key resident companies Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and presents a wide range of productions on its own account. It is also one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, with more than seven million people visiting the site each year, 300,000 of whom take a guided tour.

The Sydney Opera House is administered by the Sydney Opera House Trust, under the New South Wales Ministry of the Arts.

Sydney Opera House Video

Members of the Berlin Philharmonic along with Australian didgeridoo player William Barton remind you that the deadline to upload your YouTube Symphony Orchestra audition is Sunday, November 28 at 11:59:59 EST. What are you waiting for? Don't forget to submit your audition to and you could win a free trip to play at the Sydney Opera House.
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The Grand Finale performance by YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 will be accompanied by spectacular projections by Obscura Digital on the iconic sails of Sydney Opera House. Tune in on Sunday 20th March from 8pm Sydney time for the live concert which will be rebroadcasted throughout the day in your city.
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Michael Jackson's "Thriller" performed outside Sydney Opera House.
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Join 101 musicians from over 30 countries who make up the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 playing a spectacular Grand Finale concert at Sydney Opera House.The musicians met for a weeklong celebration of music in Sydney culminating in the Grand Finale featuring animated visuals on the interior and exterior projections by Obscura Digital on the iconic sails, all synchronised to the music of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011's performance and conducted by YouTube Symphony Orchestra Artistic Advisor Michael Tilson Thomas. 0:02:05 Introduction by MTT 0:03:20 Hector Berlioz - Roman Carnival - Overture, Op. 9 (featuring Android Jones - digital artist) 0:13:00 Meet Maria Chiossi - Harp 0:18:00 Percy Grainger - Arrival on a Platform Humlet from in a Nutshell - Suite 0:22:20 Johan Sebastian Bach - Toccata in F major for organ (featuring Cameron Carpenter) 0:30:00 Meet Paulo Calligopoulos - Electric Guitar and violin 0:32:55 Alberto Ginastera - Danza del trigo (Wheat Dance) and Danza final (Malambo) from the ballet Estancia (conducted by Ilyich Rivas) 0:42:22 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - 'Caro' bell'idol mio' - Canon in three voices, K562 (featuring the Sydney Children's Choir and soprano Renee Fleming via video) 0:45:14 Meet Xiomara Mass - Oboe 0:48:42 Benjamin Britten - The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 1:08:00 William Barton - Kalkadunga (featuring William Barton - Didgeridoo) 1:13:15 Timothy Constable - Suna 1:16:36 Meet Roman Riedel - Trombone 1:18:38 Richard <b>...</b>
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Hugh Jackman flying fox Opera House stunt on Oprah. On site reporter Dave Hughes for The 7pm Project. | http | Broadcast date: 14th December, 2010. Footages used: Roving Enterprises & Ten News (Australia). No copyright infringement intended. Movie heartthrob Hugh Jackman ended up with a black eye attempting a dramatic entrance onto US talk-show host Oprah Winfrey's stage Tuesday on a zipline running from the top of Sydney's Opera House. Aussie action star Jackman, 42, hit his face as he landed after swooping onto the TV queen's stage over the heads of 6000 fans gathered next to the famed landmark on Sydney harbour, AFP reporters at the scene saw. Winfrey called for an ice pack and paramedics rushed to the stage to treat the "X-Men" and "Van Helsing" star for his injury as taping of the show was briefly suspended. "That was so much fun until the end. Too much fun," joked Jackman, sporting a clearly swollen and bruised eye adorned with a dressing after re-emerging a few minutes after being led offstage by paramedics. "It doesn't hurt," he reassured stunned fans, adding that he got "overexcited" and distracted by the famous view of Sydney's harbour and Harbour Bridge on his trip down from the tip of the opera house. A smiling Jackman then sipped wine and tasted Australia's famous Vegemite snack with the talk-show queen, who recorded two episodes of the final season of her 24-year-old show in Australia. Uploaded by Rove McManus site (unofficial <b>...</b>
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Thursday April 17th 2008, Opera House, Sydney, Australia Nature Boy with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Described by New York Times as 'the standout male jazz vocalist of our times', Kurt Elling's smooth four-octave baritone voice is matched only by his emotional range: from quietly crooned love songs to virtuosic vocal displayed. For multi-award winner and 2008 Grammy Award nominee, Elling, it's about communication. He says 'I want people to be surprised, to be moved, to laugh, to remember something important they may have forgotten, I want them to have what they need.'
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America performing "Sandman" in the DVD "Live at the Sydney Opera House" (2004).
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Katherine Jenkins sings Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer at the Sydney Opera House, 27th October 2003.
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DOWNLOAD THIS SONG Monday 28 September 2009 Legendary world music artist Mahmood Khans single Like The River has this week debuted at number three on the ARIA charts behind the cast of Glee and Australian Idol Guy Sebastians Like It Like That making it the Australia's most popular song. Download it here Lyrics follow u every way you give me u must stay I hear a callin feelin it in the unknown A new day bright warm sun For a new dimension I been workin for so long Never superstitious I cud never do no wrong Facin opposition I lived closer to the glory Finally I made it found u in my life story A new crazy love I seek in life to keep me flowin like the the river Under the cold and dark in life there lies the magic of the giver Just like the river Completely a new plan No wastin no right wrong Free fallin deeper connection Or we maybe lookin for a final solution For a new dimension I been workin so long Never superstitious I cud never do no wrong Facin opposition I lived closer to the glory Finally I made it found u in my life story A new crazy love I seek in life to keep me flowin like the the river Under the cold and dark in life there lies the magic of the giver Just like the river Under the cold and dark in life will rise the magic of the giver Follow u everyway U give me u must stay Free fallin deeper connection A new day bright one sun For a new dimension I been workin for so long Never superstitious I cud never do <b>...</b>
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Short Version: Hundreds of dancers descended on the Sydney Opera House on Sunday November 14th. The group surprised onlookers at Australia's most famous Icon with a routine set to a soundtrack of the greatest hits of two other Aussie Icons - Dannii & Kylie Minogue. The performance stars international drag phenomenon JOYCE MAYNGE who is about to feature in "Drag! XXXMas" at Sydney Opera House. It also stars AUNTY MAVIS, five brave kids and hundreds of back-up dancers. Organised in spare time by a team of volunteers with a budget of only a few hundred dollars, the video made waves in the international press before even being uploaded to YouTube. Kylie & Dannii have both Tweeted the event and it was profiled in the prestigious Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper. Dan Murphy from ROCK YOUR BOX and Anthony Carthew produced the performance, with choreography by David Olsen. The crew have built a reputation for knockout stunts, with their previous videos receiving almost a million hits in the last year. STARRING - Joyce Maynge FEATURING - Aunty Mavis CHOREOGRAPHY - David Olsen SOUNDTRACK EDITING - DJ Dan Murphy PRODUCER - Anthony Carthew DIRECTOR - Dan Murphy SPECIAL THANKS - Sydney Opera House SPECIAL THANKS - Stephen Craddock & Home The Venue CONTACT: TWITTER:
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Haron Robson illuminates Opera Kitchen at Sydney Opera House - World Interior Design Network Tweet this news
World Interior Design Network--Australia-based Haron Robson has illuminated the new harbourside Opera Kitchen, located at -Sydney Opera House- in Sydney. The lighting scheme was designed to create a 'cohesive ambience' for the restaurant as a wh - Date : Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:29:45 GMT+00:00
Australian birds have cocky attitude - Straits Times Tweet this news
Straits Times--While such terror - and violent reaction - is uncommon, strollers at -Sydney's Opera House- and ferry wharves know that to eat a chocolate croissant in front of hundreds of seagulls is not a smart move. On the campus of Sydney Universi - Date : Fri, 22 Apr 2011 03:24:40 GMT+00:00
Australian tipped to head arts hub - RTHK Tweet this news
RTHK--Sources say the post will go to Michael Lynch, a director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and the former chief executive of London's Southbank Centre and the -Sydney Opera House-. However, there could be further controversy because - Date : Thu, 21 Apr 2011 16:55:49 GMT+00:00
Sydney Opera House Invites People From Around the World to 'Live' at ... - PR Newswire (press release) Tweet this news
PR Newswire (press release)--SYDNEY, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently, work began on the largest construction project at -Sydney Opera House- since it opened in 1973. The Vehicle Access and Pedestrian Safety (VAPS) project takes the Forecourt offli - Date : Thu, 14 Apr 2011 11:04:57 GMT+00:00
Sydney Opera House - Virtual Press Office (press release) Tweet this news
Virtual Press Office (press release)---Sydney Opera House- is committed to continuing the legacy of Utzon's creative genius by creating, producing and presenting the most acclaimed, imaginative and engaging performing arts experiences from Australia - Date : Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:06:52 GMT+00:00
Young musicians play at Sydney Opera House - Braidwood Times Tweet this news
Braidwood Times--On Sunday 3rd of April, five young Braidwood Suzuki string students travelled to the big smoke to perform at the Annual Suzuki Graduation Concern, held in the concert hall at the -Sydney Opera House-. After years of preparation and hours - Date : Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:24:40 GMT+00:00
Sidney Harman Dies At 92 - FrumForum Tweet this news
FrumForum--Today, Harman products � including brands JBL, Mark Levinson and Infinity � are found in Chrysler minivans and Mercedes-Benz coupes, the Kennedy Center, the -Sydney Opera House- and Madonna's recording studio. The Apple iSub, a transparent - Date : Thu, 14 Apr 2011 08:31:07 GMT+00:00
Decadence sets the right backdrop - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian--The Opera Australia Chorus and children's chorus enlivened the Cafe Momus scene. Tickets: $55-$238. Bookings: 1300 182 183. In repertoire until May 13. -Sydney Opera House-, July 12 to October 24.--- - Date : Wed, 13 Apr 2011 14:07:55 GMT+00:00
Rick Stein's Food Odyssey: Live at the Sydney Opera House - Limelight Magazine Tweet this news
Limelight Magazine--Live in his first ever stage show, Rick Stein presents his Food Odyssey at the -Sydney Opera House- on Monday 18 April 2011. Throughout a two-hour culinary journey, Rick will bring his travels to life, work with his guest chefs prepari - Date : Thu, 07 Apr 2011 04:20:41 GMT+00:00
Hewitt on podium in triathlon World Series opener - TVNZ Tweet this news
TVNZ---...- of the race with temperatures hovering in the early 20's with some scattered cloud cover providing comfortable respite as the cream of the worlds triathletes dived into what became quite choppy water at Farm Cove outside the -Sydney Opera - Date : Sun, 10 Apr 2011 09:18:50 GMT+00:00

World Heritage Sites in Australia

New South Wales|New South Wales |
Northern TerritoryKakadu National Park * Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
QueenslandAustralian fossil mammal sites:up|1 Riversleigh * Fraser Island * Gondwana Rainforests of Australiaup|1 * Great Barrier Reef * Wet Tropics of Queensland
South AustraliaAustralian fossil mammal sites:up|1 Naracoorte
TasmaniaMacquarie Island * Tasmanian Wilderness
VictoriaRoyal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens
Western AustraliaPurnululu National Park * Shark Bay
External TerritoriesHeard Island and McDonald Islands

Sydney landmarks

Buildings and structuresConvention and Exhibition Centre * Finger Wharf * Hyde Park Barracks * Queen Victoria Building * Observatory * Mint * Opera House * Harbour Bridge * Sydney Tower * Town Hall * War Memorial * The Toaster * Government House * Kirribilli House * Parliament House * World Square * World Tower * General Post Office (No. 1 Martin Place) * Warragamba Dam * Chifley Tower * Citigroup Centre * Deutsche Bank Place * Governor Phillip Tower * Park Plaza Apartments (Sydney) * St Mary's Cathedral * Cadman's Cottage * The Abbey * Highroyd * St Andrew's Cathedral
PrecinctsChinatown * Darling Harbour * Kings Cross * Martin Place * The Rocks * Green Square * Railway Square
Nature and parksBicentennial Park * Centennial Park * Chinese Garden of Friendship * The Domain * Hyde Park * Royal Botanic Gardens * Sydney Park * Moore Park * Ku-ring-gai Chase * Sydney Harbour National Park * Blue Mountains National Park * Royal National Park
Cultural institutionsArt Gallery of New South Wales * Australian Museum * Australian National Maritime Museum * Museum of Contemporary Art * Museum of Sydney * Powerhouse Museum * Sydney Aquarium * Taronga Zoo * State Library * Conservatorium of Music
SportSydney Football Stadium * Sydney Cricket Ground * Olympic Park * ANZ Stadium * Eastern Creek Raceway * Royal Randwick * Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
TransportationCentral Station * Monorail * Sydney Airport * Underground Railway * New Northern Sydney Underground Railway * Circular Quay * ANZAC Bridge * George St * Oxford St * Pitt St * William St * Macquarie St * Broadway * Norton St
EntertainmentEntertainment Centre * Star City Casino * Fox Studios Australia * Entertainment Quarter * State Theatre * Capitol Theatre * Lyric Theatre * Star Theatre * Plaza Theatre * Luna Park * Acer Arena
Beaches and islandsBondi * Manly * Palm Beach * Avalon * Newport * Coogee * Maroubra * Cronulla * Fort Denison * Cockatoo Island * Garden Island * Goat Island * Shark Island

Theatre in Sydney

Major VenuesSydney Opera House * Capitol Theatre * State Theatre * Theatre Royal * The Wharf Theatre * Glen Street Theatre * New Theatre * Lyric Theatre * Star Theatre * Sydney Theatre
Major CompaniesSydney Theatre Company * Company B * Griffin Theatre Company * Ensemble Theatre
Former TheatresCriterion Theatre * Her Majesty's Theatre * Plaza Theatre * Regent Theatre

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