Episode 1: The Concert Hall: Graffiti in the ceiling
The Opera House’s Concert Hall is the building’s beating heart, welcoming music greats to its stage for almost 50 years and hosting landmark performances that have made history. There is something magical about shows in the Concert Hall – a fact which many attribute to its masterful design.
In this episode, host Zindzi Okenyo reflects on the journey of this incredible venue, from Jørn Utzon’s original design that caused a stir, the appointment of Australian architect Peter Hall charged with completing the world-famous building after Utzon’s sudden departure, to the current day upgrades that are transforming the venue for the future. Through interviews with journalists, historians and Opera House staff, Zindzi explores what it would have been like for the hundreds of workers who built the Opera House, and what it is like for the team renewing the Concert Hall today, who continue to be reminded of the past through remnants left behind in the ceilings and walls of Utzon and Hall’s masterpiece.