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The Sydney Opera House, placed at Bennelong Point on Circular Quay East in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, is a full-scale performing-arts complex with five major performing spaces.


Some Interesting Facts


  1. The architectural style is Expressionist Modernism – which involves innovative form and use of novel materials.


  2. It was designed by Mr Jorn Utzon, a French architect, who  had never visited the site of the Sydney Opera House before entering the design competition, but used his naval experience to study charts of the harbour


  3. The building is 185 metres long and 120 metres wide


  4. The entire site covers an area of 5.798 hectares. Eight Boeing 747s could sit wing-to-wing on the site.


  5. The building has 6,225 square metres of glass and 645 kilometres of electric cable.

  6. The House hosts 3,000 events every year and has about two hundred thousand people per year take a guided tour of the building. The annual performances are attanded by about 2 million people.

  7. The Concert Hall’s Grand Organ is the largest mechanical version of this instrument in the world, with 10,154 pipes. It took ten years to build.

  8. It has three restaurants, a café, an espresso bar, and opera and theatre bars.

  9. The first person to perform at the Sydney Opera House was Paul Robeson – in 1960, he sang Ol' Man River to the construction workers as they ate lunch. 

  10. The first opera performed at the house was Sergei Prokofiev's War and Peace, on September 28 1973.


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