“To me it is a great joy to know how much the building is loved.”
– Jørn Utzon
Treat yourself to a dinner and a show at this opera house and performance venue that has been an iconic symbol of Sydney and Australia for nearly half a century.
In December 1956, Jørn Utzon, an unknown Danish architect, submitted his architectural designs to an international call for submissions for “a National Opera House at Bennelong Point” on Sydney Harbour. His was entry #218 out of 223.
Utzon was a keen sailor and the son of a naval architect and engineer. His love for the sea shone through in his avant-garde sketches, which thoroughly impressed the judges, who were convinced it had the potential to become “one of the great buildings of the world.” How right they were!
Today, Sydney Opera House is a World Heritage Site that plays host to 1,600 performances every year, ranging from ballet to musical theatre; comedy to cabaret; indie rock concerts to kids shows.
TICKETS & SHOWTIMES
- Prices vary; purchasable online
- View calendar of upcoming shows
- If you’ll be attending a show in the opera house’s Joan Sutherland Theatre, before the show and during intermission, head out to the private outdoor balcony where you can get a gorgeous, panoramic view of the harbour.
- Before or after the show, dine on Top Chef cuisine at the opera house’s marquee restaurant, Bennelong.
- Daily at sunset and at 9pm, stand on the opera house’s steps and look up at its sails to experience Badu Gili, a 7-minute projection show that brings First Nations stories to life. Exact sunset show times are posted online at least a month in advance.
Circular Quay (T1,2,3,8), plus 4 block walk
Photo: Hai Linh Truong