In giving the world one of the 20th century’s greatest buildings, Jørn Utzon changed the creative and cultural landscape of Australia forever. Sydney Opera House is committed to continuing the legacy of Utzon’s creative genius by creating, producing and presenting the most acclaimed, imaginative and engaging performing arts experiences from Australia and around the world; onsite, offsite and online. As the creative and cultural flagship of Australia, Sydney Opera House is the place where imagination takes you.
Sydney Opera House staged 1,677 performances in the 2008/09 financial year to a total audience of 1,241,763. It attracts more than 8.2 million visitors a year and contributes more than $1 billion to the Australian economy through tourism, hospitality, travel and other activity and supports more than 12,000 jobs. Sydney Opera House programs 44% of all performances.
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Photograph: Massive Attack on the Forecourt - Prudence Upton