Sydney Opera House: An Epitome Of Architectural Excellence

A piece de resistance and a magnum opus par excellence is how you can define Sydney Opera House. An exceptional piece of architecture, built with state-of-the-art-technology, the Opera is an icon of integrity and creativity of the city. Envisioned by Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect, the building is a fete of structural engineering and urban sculpture.

Sydney Opera House

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Being the host to hundreds of breathtaking art performances with zillions dying to be the part of the spectacle, this National Heritage site is among the busiest centers of entertainment. This iconic landmark pulls a big crowd of tourists coming to Australia.

Ideal Location:

Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Opera is located in Sydney Harbour. It is fringed by Farm Cove, Sydney Cove and is present at Sydney CBD. The nearby Harbour Bridge and Royal Botanical Garden make its setting even more enchanting.

Architectural Description

All the elements of an expressionist architecture, viz, distorted & deformed structure to lay overstress on emotions; originality, creativity, gothic style; and an amalgamation of east and west. Built in the form of concrete shells which are laid in the typical chevron pattern, the structure primarily is composed of pink granite panels. Within the colossal Opera House, there are a number of other structures that are host to numerous cultural programs and theatrical performances.

Concert Hall

There are more than 2600 seat in Concert Hall; the famous Sydney Symphony holds as many as 150 concerts each year here.

Concert Hall

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The Symphony orchestra is considered among the best concerts of Australia. The Hall also houses Grand Organ, famous throughout world for being the biggest mechanical tracker.

Drama Theater

This arch theater, besides the Opera House, is a host to stellar performances by companies like Bangarra Dance, Sydney Festival, and Bell Shakespeare. With an accommodating capacity of about 550 and a venue of several top-notch music, dance and drama productions, Drama Theater is a major attraction of the Opera. Black painted ceiling, wooden seats with blue fabric, and two-stage revolves form part of its interior.

Opera Theater

With its seating arrangement divide into stalls, dress circle and boxes, this arch-shaped theater is another piece of fine architecture and snug interiors. Its digitalized flying system and accommodation capacity of 1500 make it the center of attraction to the tourists. Book well in advance and be a part of some of the finest artistic performances by companies like Opera Australia and Australian ballet.


Originally meant for orchestra recitals, Playhouse is meant for dramatical performances of small and medium scale. Its fantastic acoustic system has made it popular for film screenings, and chamber music.

Play House

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There are, in total, 17 rows that can house about 400 spectators. Bell Shakespeare and Sydney festival regularly use it for their music and dance productions.

Utzon Room

Designed and decorated by Utzon himself, this structure of the Sydney Opera House is known for its unique interior. Woolen tapestry and concrete beams going from up to down are its main features. This multi-purpose venue was originally called Reception Hall. It hosts several small-scale performances and events. The acoustics are quiet good; the beams have been designed to reflect the outside light.


Have the tantalizing experience of watching some stunning experience at Forecourt with splendid Harbour to give you the company. This open-air structure has been used for concerts by Michael Buble, Crowded House, and many more. Its granite steps are built like the seats of an amphitheater.


Meant for staging relatively modern performances, Studio is yet another attraction of the Opera. Laced with brilliant interior in tints of red and orange, it is the smallest complex that lies within the main structure.


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You can see several contemporary performances being the part of his flexible venue. It also holds cabaret and word representations. As many as 350 viewers can be housed at a time.

Other Tidbits

Tickets are required for attending any of the performances at Opera House. Book well in advance and avoid either late entry or leaving in between as you shall be allowed to re-enter only at specific intervals. No particular dress code is maintained here, unless specified.


For the sake of tourists, there are a number of facilities that Opera offers. You can sit back and relax at restaurants, bars, and cafes. You can also be the part of backstage tours that are organized on daily basis and tour you to see areas meant especially for the performers and backstage artists.


Enjoy the compelling delicacies at some of its restaurants; many of these are set amidst stunning backdrops. Bistro Mozart, Guillaume, Studio Café, Opera Kitchen are a few names where you can have the memorable dining experience.


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Apart from this, you can choose magnificent spaces to hold meetings, conferences, marriage parties etc. Chill with intoxicating wines and other cocktails at Theater Bars the outlets of which are present at Concert Hall and Opera Theater.


Bring some of the souvenirs related to the Opera House; a wide variety of merchandise is available here. Most of these products glorify the opulent presence of this magnanimous building.

Reach Here

The Opera lies at a short distance from Circular Quay. A number of buses and ferries take you to Quay. Shuttle buses meant for old and elderly can also be availed. Buses for taking you to performances at Drama Theater and Playhouse are available 45 minutes before the commencement of the events, while fro Opera Theater as well as Concert Hall; you have to board a bus that starts 75 minutes before the performance starts.


You can stay at some of the hotels present in the nearby area. Park Hyatt, Shangri-La, four Seasons, and Quay Grand are a few names in this regard. Some of these provide the mesmerizing view of the Opera House.

The elegantly styled Sydney Opera House forms the main cultural hub of Sydney. Commanding the skyline of the Harbour, this prized possession of the city exemplifies the vision of Utzon. While touring Sydney, you can include it as must-see option. The structure lets you have a tete-a-tete with city’s rich cultural heritage

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