One of the most photographed and famous (if controversial) performing arts venues in the world
This Australian icon sits on Bennelong Point and is Sydney’s premiere venue for classical and contemporary music, opera, theatre and dance. As peaceful as it looks now, the House had a controversial beginning: while it was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, by the time the building was completed in 1973 its architect had been fired.
Many have pondered the building’s design over the years, comparing it variously to shells, waves and even a family of swans. Utzon never revealed his vision, only that it involved spheres.
The Opera House offers different tours that allow you to get intimate with the building, including some hosted in different languages and full ‘experience' packages. If you don't feel like shelling out, it's still free to sit on the steps for a quick lunch and walk by the water and gaze in marvel at those 1,056,000 pearly, self-cleaning Swedish tiles.
Where to eat and drink near Sydney Opera House
For the ultimate Opera House dining experience, book a pre-theatre dinner at Bennelong, or just pop in for a drink and a snack at the raw and cultured bar. Check out the Opera Kitchen, a harbourfront dining area that features a host of Sydney food identities including John Susman. Meander around to Bulletin Place for cocktails. Later in the evening kick the glamour up a notch at Hemmesphere and enjoy matched cigars and more cocktails into the morning.
With access into areas normally reserved for stars and their minders, this tour will have you treading the boards of its illustrious stages and sneaking into the dressing rooms of the Concert Hall, Opera and Drama Theatres, Playhouse and The Studio, while you are regaled with the secrets and stories that go on behind the curtain. Or perhaps you want to take on the conductor's baton in the Opera Theatre orchestra pit?
Backstage tours run daily at 7am and are $165, including a hearty breakfast served in the Green Room (the Green Room is not open on Sun or public holidays). Flat, enclosed rubber soled shoes must be worn. For safety reasons children 12 years and under are not permitted. Bookings essential. There are also junior tours of the Opera House for kids.
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Junior Adventure Tour
Curious kids are invited to embark on a behind-the-scenes adventure that’ll reveal the Opera House’s deepest mysteries. Follow expert guides backstage to see how the magic of theatre comes together – participants will be shown secret stage markings, taught...Active events Until Sunday January 27 2019
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus
Meet Wolfgang Mozart: a man with dexterous moves, a daredevil’s spirit and a musical talent beyond your average circus performer. In this lively performance created by Yaron Lifschitz, Benjamin Knapton and the Circa Ensemble, the artistry of Mozart will...Music events Until Friday January 25 2019
Powerhouse combo director Gale Edwards and designer Brian Thomson (HOSH's Carmen) created this production for Opera Australia's 2011 season – and it has proved a popular hit. Some love La bohème, some loathe it – but there's no doubt that there's plenty...Until Thursday March 28 2019
Blanc de Blanc Encore
If you're not a wine connoisseur, you mightn't know that this show is named after a kind of champagne made entirely from chardonnay grapes. And it's an entirely appropriate name for a show made for adults only that's a bit fancy, a bit bubbly and super...Tuesday January 22 2019 - Saturday March 9 2019
Man With The Iron Neck
Legs on the Wall always makes visually stunning theatre, often combining aerial performance with more traditional storytelling. Man With the Iron Neck is the company’s latest work and features a script by the brilliant Ursula Yovich about a young man...Wednesday January 23 2019 - Saturday January 26 2019
Director and choreographer Graeme Murphy's 1990 take on Turandot is one of Opera Australia's true evergreen productions. Almost three decades after its premiere, it still looks fabulous, driven by dance and and an otherworldly design. Amber Wagner, who...Thursday January 24 2019 - Saturday March 30 2019
Based on Büchner’s Woyzeck, this is a piece for the serious opera lover who’s at home with more avant-garde, atonal music. South African artist and director William Kentridge is using his own illustrations as sets, projecting them onto giant screens....Friday January 25 2019 - Friday February 15 2019
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An Evening with Ottolenghi
You can't attend a pot luck or a barbecue these days without someone bringing an Ottolenghi salad, such is the reach of the Jerusalem-born chef and author of staple kitchen cookbooks like his latest release, Simple. In an evening of conversation at...Talks and discussions Tuesday January 29 2019
Even in its healthiest form, love is a kind of obsession. We become fixated on another, build our happiness around theirs and worry for them as if they’re a component of ourselves. It’s this agonising side to connection which OCD Love explores. The captivating...Thursday January 31 2019 - Saturday February 2 2019
Love Chapter 2
The second instalment of the two-part dance piece Love Cycle confronts audiences with love’s failings. The Australian premiere Love Chapter 2 peers into the emotional abyss created after an obsessively entrenched romantic relationship crumbles. In its...Friday February 1 2019 - Sunday February 3 2019