Opened in 1973, the Sydney Opera House stages more than 1,600 performances a year, ranging from from opera, ballet, dance to music and comedy shows, in its concert halls and theaters.
The Sydney Opera House is a performing arts center located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the most famous and most distinctive buildings of the 20th century.
The building, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon but completed by an Australian architectural team headed by Peter Hall, was officially opened on 20 October 1973 after a gestation starting with the 1957 selection of Utzon as an international design competition winner. The Government of New South Wales, led by the Prime Minister, Joseph Cahill, authorized work to start with Utzon’s construction management in 1958. The government’s decision to construct Utzon’s design is often overshadowed by subsequent circumstances, including cost and scheduling overruns as well as the final resignation of the architect.
Lunchtime performances were often arranged for the workers during the construction phase, with American vocalist Paul Robeson being the first artist to perform in 1960.
The location served as the focal point for the triathlon events during the 2000 Summer Olympics. At Farm Cove, the event had a 1.5 km (0.9 mi) swimming loop along with competitions for the cycling and running portions of the event in the neighboring Royal Botanical Gardens.
Many famous artists have performed at the Sydney Opera House from both classical and pop culture backgrounds. Its unique design became globally recognisible symbol of Sydney and Australia.