12 Interesting Facts About The Opera House (Sydney)
- The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
- It is famous as a symbol of Australia and one of the most popular performing arts venues in the world.
- The Opera House was amongst the 20 finalists in the New Seven Wonders of the World project of 2007.
- It was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon.
- The Opera House building represents a ship at full sail to fit in with its setting on Sydney Harbour.
- The construction of the Opera House took 17 years and more than 102 million dollars were spent on it.
- It was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 1973.
- The Opera House covers 4.5 acres of land and contains five main performance spaces, a recording studio, five restaurants and four gift shops.
- The Concert Hall of the Opera House has a seating capacity of 2,679 guests. The Opera Theatre has a seating capacity for 1,507, the Drama Theatre, 544, and the Playhouse has an intimate seating arrangement for around 398 patrons.
- The Sydney Opera House conducts almost 3000 events each year and has an annual audience of 2 million for its performances.
- The Sydney Opera House has its own opera based on it, called the ‘Eighth Wonder.’
- The Sydney Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 28, 2007.
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