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Celebrate the Extraordinary

We’re turning 50 and everyone’s invited

The Sydney Opera House exists because a few brave people dared to think differently. They made the impossible possible and inspired a nation.

From that courage and creativity, a place of extraordinary experiences was born: where for five decades people have come together; to sing, dance, laugh, cry, play, create and debate.

That’s a lot to celebrate. So in our 50th year, we’re throwing a party and everyone’s invited. Join us for a year-long festival celebrating the past, present and future of Australia’s favourite building.

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The people who've shaped the Sydney Opera House

This icon has been shaped by many. Here are seven people who have had a lasting impact.


From the Sails: Light Years

We kicked off our 50th anniversary year celebrations with a film projected nightly onto the Opera House sails that celebrates the past, present and people of the Sydney Opera House.

Our Story

The Sydney Opera House is the symbol of modern Australia and a World Heritage-listed masterpiece of “human creative genius”. From conception to completion, the building tested the limits of engineering, construction and design. Since opening its doors in 1973, it has changed the image of Australia and ignited a new era of cultural discovery and community engagement.

Discover our story

The Sydney Opera House honours our First Nations by fostering a shared sense of belonging for all Australians, and we acknowledge the Gadigal, traditional custodians of Tubowgule, the land on which the Opera House stands.

The Sydney Opera House thanks its family of Corporate Partners and Donors for their support