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Sydney Opera House Awards & Testimonials

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Australian Interactive Media Industry Association Awards
Best Cultural or Lifestyle - Sydney Opera House PLAY Portal


B&T Awards
Marketing Team of the Year - Sydney Opera House
Best Advertising Campaign - The Monkeys, Sydney Opera House, 'The Ship Song Project'

Helpmann Awards
Best Symphony Orchestra Concert - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - Sydney Opera House and the Perth Concert Hall
Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work - Kristina Chan, In Glass
Best Individual Classical Perfomance - Sir Simon Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra 



Helpmann Awards
Best Australian Contemporary Concert - Tex Perkins, Sydney Opera House & Folsom Prison Productions, The Man in Black: Johnny Cash Story

Australian Dance Awards
Outstanding Achievement in Choreography – Meryl Tankard & Paul White, The Oracle
Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer – Paul White, The Oracle


Helpmann Awards
Best Australian Contemporary Concert – Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu


Helpmann Awards
Best International Contemporary Concert – Björk on the steps of Sydney Opera House
Best Special Events – The Choir of Hard Knocks


Sydney Opera House was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Helpmann Awards
Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production – Honour Bound
Best Performance in an Australian Contemporary Concert – David Campbell Wild With Style

Emily Haines (Prudence Upton)
Ian McKellen (Daniel Boud)
Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson (Prudence Upton)
Paul White in The Oracle (Paul Whyte)
Sydney Opera House (Jack Atley)


When I was asked to direct the Vivid Live Festival in Sydney with Lou Reed last June, I suggested that along with two weeks of very complicated programming of really great musicians and bands and theatre people, I said, "Let's do some music for dogs." We thought hundreds of people would come, but thousands of people came with their dogs. And it was just fantastic. So that was a big highlight of my life.
Laurie Anderson, Musician and Preformer

To me it is a great joy to know how much the building is loved, by Australians in general and by Sydneysiders in particular.
Jørn Utzon, Sydney Opera House Architect

Ever since this great building docked on the harbour it has been every artist’s dream to perform here.
Sir Ian McKellen, Actor, Waiting for Godot Opening Night

The Sydney Opera House, are you kidding me? This place means so much to me. I’m so excited about performing here.
Liza Minnelli, Singer and Actress

It was a real joy to help in the creation of Vivid LIVE which added something really lively to the already busy Sydney cultural scene…I loved the experience of animating the sails too.
Laurie Anderson, Co-curator Vivid LIVE 2010

I feel very privileged coming to work every day in one of Australia's most famous landmarks. I never tire of looking at the grand sails of the Sydney Opera House and knowing my restaurant, Guillaume at Bennelong, resides in one of those sails, fills me with great pride.
Guillaume Brahimi, Head Chef Guillaume at Bennelong

What an unbelievably lovely, gorgeous, adorable, heavenly audience. Thank you so much to everyone.
Stephen Fry, Actor, Writer, Journalist, Comedian, Television Presenter and Film Director

The Graphic festival has gone, in one weekend, from nowhere to being the smartest, wisest, most cutting edge festival and celebration of narrative literature and its intersection with culture in the world. I can't wait to see what happens next!
Neil Gaiman, Author

Playing at Sydney Opera House is definitely an amazing experience…it’s a hub of imagination and creativity.
Emily Haines, Lead Singer Metric

To perform at the Opera House is just amazing. It’s a beautiful place to come to work, here on the harbour, I just love the building, it’s like home in the big house when you come back here.
Leah Purcell, Actress

Utzon’s vision and legacy will live on through this iconic building and inspire generations of artists to one day have the honour and joy of performing at the Sydney Opera House.
David McAlister AM, Artistic Director, The Australian Ballet

The Sydney Opera House is a place where ordinary people are inspired to feel extraordinary things. Sydney’s energy – and Australia’s international recognition – is now unimaginable without it.
Adrian Collette AM, Chief Executive, Opera Australia

Like all true works of art, Utzon’s great house and explosive sculptural ensemble was gift.
David Malouf, Author

GRAPHIC was one of the most inventive and intelligent programs I've ever seen in a festival of this size, especially with its cross-media approach. It seems to fill a gap that's been missing in the local arts and literary scene. Looking forward to seeing the next one!
Shaun Tan, Author and Illustrator

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