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The Sydney Opera House

Source: Nick Herber

About: The Sydney Opera House is an iconic building, and a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The designer of Sydney Opera House was Danish architect Jorn Utzon, which was formally opened on 20 October 1973. The building was constructed during 1957 – 1973, and is a masterwork of modern architectural design. The Sydney Opera House is a venue for  performing arts, and consists of a opera and drama theatres, concert hall, a playhouse, and a studio. It has received  a great respect and appreciation for its unique place in this world. It is considered an ideal place for the world’s leading artists and performers.

Construction: The construction work of this building was authorized by the government of New South Wales (NSW), led by the premier, Joseph Cahill, in 1958. There were many flip and flops by the government while building the structure on  Utzon’s design, the construction company, due to many factors such as cost and scheduling overruns. The area which surrounds the building includes whole of Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, between Sydney Cove and Farm Cove. Though the name suggests of a single venue, the building has multiple performance artist venues and hosts over 1,500 performances each year.

Visitors: As per the official records, a total number of spectators reach more than 1.2 million people. There are number of performances which are presented in the venues by main four resident companies. These companies are Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Orchestra. Sydney Opera House  being one of the most popular destinations in Australia is visited by more than eight million tourists each year, out of which 350,000 tourists annually take the guided tours. This building is managed by Sydney Opera House Trust, which is an agency of the New South Wales State Government.

World Heritage Site: Sydney Opera House was put on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list on 28 June 2007, making it  a legendary urban sculpture of Australia.  

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