ne of the great performing arts centres in the world today being home to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera, the Australian Ballet, the Sydney Dance Company, the Sydney Theatre Company, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Musica Viva.
In December, 1998 the Opera House was deemed to be one of the 10 construction wonders of the world in the 20th century. The others, in no particular order, are -World Trade Centre, Empire State Building, Interstate Highway System, Hoover Dam, Golden Gate Bridge - all U.S.A.Chunnel in U.K., Chek Lap Kok Airport in Honkers, Aswan Dam in Egypt, Panama Canal in Panama and last but not least the billowing sails of the Sydney Opera House.
The building consists of two main sail like roofs of overlapping shells. Under the shells are the halls and theatres together with all up nearly one thousand rooms and seating approximately 6,600 patrons.
There are two large performing halls and two main auditoria, a reception hall, rehearsal studios, reataurants, bars, foyer and lounge areas, a library, dressing rooms, artist lounge and canteen, admin area and even gardens.
The building has 6,225 square metres of glass and 654 kilometres of electrical cable and is 185 metres long, 120 metres wide and 67 metres above sea level at its highest point. We're not sure if that last measurement was taken at high tide or low tide in the harbour.
The building cost over $102 million and was funded by a public lottery with the final payments made in 1975, after the building was opened on 20th October, 1973 by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11.
Did you know that you could have your wedding blessing at the Sydney Opera House? - link to www.weddingblessings.com.au
The Box Office number is (02) 9250 7777.
You can also have a meal at The Bennelong Restaurant while you visit the Opera House. One way is to take a package - a tour, dinner and a show. Try the superb seafood at The Bennelong.
For more information visit www.soh.nsw.gov.au