The Sydney City skyline wouldn’t be complete without the unique silhouette of the Sydney Opera House as a backdrop. Known as one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, the Opera House sits pretty in Sydney Harbour and is one of the top priorities for people visiting the city.
The building itself was designed by Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect who entered a competition to find the winning design. Back when it officially opened in 1973, the Sydney Opera House was considered an amazing feat of architecture and was thought to be one of the most unique buildings in the world.
Today, its billowing white sails are a major landmark and epitomise Sydney’s fun and quirky personality. On site there are five performance spaces that hold hundreds of dances, concerts, operas, and theatre performances every year, drawing in millions of visitors from all over the world.
Obviously, the best way to experience the Opera House is to book a seat at one of the performances, but if you want to learn more about the architecture and the exterior of the building rather than what goes on on the stages, you can take a guided tour. They range in levels, starting from a simple one-hour tour to an “access all areas” backstage pass which includes breakfast in the famous Green Room.
Fun Facts About the Sydney Opera House
The unique exterior of the building and its eclectic mishmash of performances make for some fun facts.
Here are some of the best:
-When Jorn Utzon originally put in his plan for the design of the Sydney Opera House, he was rejected by three of the judges. Thankfully, the fourth judge, Eero Saarinen, saw the beauty in it and pulled it quickly into first place ahead of 232 other entrants.
-As you can imagine, the sheer size of the Sydney Opera House means there are literally hundreds and hundreds of rooms set inside. That also means there are thousands and thousands of light bulbs which, inevitably, need changing every now and again. On average, a whopping 15,500 light bulbs are changed ever year at the Opera House – not an easy task.
-During the eighties, a net was inserted to break the fall from the stage to the orchestra pit in the Opera Theatre after a live chicken fell into the pit and landed on a cellist.