Sydney Opera House, Sydney

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The Sydney Opera House stands as an icon of Australian architecture and one of the world's most instantly recognizable buildings. Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and inaugurated in 1973, the Opera House earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2007 for its unique appearance and engineering achievement. The multiple performance venues feature distinctive roofs of layered sails that look like seashells, and they reside on a peninsula jutting out into Sydney Harbour beneath Sydney Harbour Bridge. Snapping photos as you walk around the harbor represents one way to experience this landmark, but you can also enjoy one of 1,500 annual of performances inside. Start with a tour during the day, discovering some of the 1,000 rooms and listening to dozens of stories about the venue. In the evening, dine in one of the restaurants before taking in the opera, live music, or theater in one of its acoustically splendid rooms. Sydney Opera House is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Sydney Edition.
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  • Big theater with unique shape, you can take the tour for around inside it. Or you just around outside the building. You can see the big harbour bridge from opera house. To go there, stop at circular q...  more »
  • Each year from late May to mid-June Sydney has a spectacular lighting display where even the sails of the Sydney Opera House are illuminated by a moving light display, looking light flamingoes in flig...  more »
  • No matter how steely your nerves, when you first get within sight of the Sydney Opera House you'll start clicking photographs, just like all the rest of us silly tourists. Meanwhile, besides looking a...  more »
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  • What a beautiful building both from the inside and outside. I'll start with the outside. The Opera House is an icon of architecture so seeing if for the first time in person was quite exhilarating. We were there are Chinese New Year and caught the split second fireworks behind the opera house too. They have wide open plazas/pathways around so you can capture photos from all angles and enjoy the architecture from every viewpoint. The inside is very minimalist but quite beautiful in its simplicity. I expected the main theater to be quite ornate but it was quite the opposite, SIMPLE! It was magnificent to watch an opera at the Opera House and the simplicity of the decor didn't detract from the opera which was a plus for me. Around the winds of the theater are many floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the view of the harbor from many different views. Go to the back after you enter for a beautiful bar area with tons of windows. Highly recommend visiting! Try to catch a show or opera if you can as well.
  • This iconic building is a must do when visiting Sydney. We chose the early morning behind the scenes tour. It was so worth every penny. Through a guided tour, our group of 8 explored the Green Room, all 4 halls, went on stage in 2 halls and behind the scenes of 3 halls. Saw the property storage area and a dressing room. We stood in the Orchestra pit in the opera hall. We were awed by the Symphony hall! The tour ended back in the Green Room where we ate a most amazing breakfast (included in the price of the tour.) There were 4 breakfast options from a simple croissant and fruit to a full scrambled egg, bacon and toast meal. The food was excellent. Our guide was amazing! He was very informative and answered all of our questions. In fact, he asked each of us what we were doing next and offered directions and suggestions to help. Strongly recommend the Sydney Opera House and, especially the early morning tour.
  • We attended a French musical 'Carmen' by Bizet, and the 'Merchant of Venice' in the past. The experience was absolutely fabulous. The acoustics are splendid, so was the lighting. Step out of the hall and you get to soak up the beautiful view of the harbour. It's definitely a must visit place. When I finally got inside my mind was blown. I was in town for a week. There are a few venues beside the largest. The stage and theater was very intimate, not a bad seat in the place although there are only 550 seats. The lighting, acoustics and flow of the small theaters is amazing. As for the building itself, the details are subtle and classy, from the open elevator shafts to the bathroom sink it seems no detail was left without care and consideration. I can't wait to go back to see something else.
  • What can I say about the Opera House which hasn't already been said. Go late afternoon to see the sunset over the harbour. The most iconic modern building in the world! See a classical concert in the concert hall if you possibly can. Don't bother with seats lower than A Reserve, unless you are reading this after the 2019 refurbishment. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is one of the world's best full size orchestras. An absolute bargain compared to the New York Phil. The Australian Chamber Orchestra is one of a handful of truly great small classical orchestras in the world. Both are based in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. The Opera Theatre is relatively small by world standards, but superb. Operas are much less expensive than in London or New York. The food area, between the Opera House and Sydney Harbour, is noisy, expensive, and worth it!
  • Been to theatre, opera and orchestras here and absolutely enjoyed every single time. The iconic Opera House lives up to its name and the staff, facilities and location is great. Can get busy when lining up for tickets, so by all means if you can book online, definitely a better alternative. Note that you will have to cloak your bag if it's too big, so stick to the warnings. Seat ushers are great to talk to and make sure you arrive early so that you can snap a few pictures before your show.

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