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Technical Specifications

The Sydney Opera House includes a number of performance venues such as proscenium theatres, multi-purpose spaces, open-air sites, a recording studio and the world renowned Concert Hall.

Many of the spaces are flexible and allow for various configurations. Please see below a list of technical specifications for each venue.

Empty auditorium and stage view of the Concert Hall

Concert Hall

The world-renowned Concert Hall is the Sydney Opera House’s most majestic space. With its high vaulted ceiling, white birch timber and brush box panelling, this is the largest of the internal venues.

Empty auditorium looking out from the Joan Sutherland stage

Joan Sutherland Theatre

Joan Sutherland Theatre, the Opera House’s second-largest internal venue, is ideal for housing opera, ballet, contemporary dance, music and spoken-word performances.

Empty auditorium and stage view of the Drama Theatre

Drama Theatre

The medium-sized Drama Theatre is suitable for performances ranging from experimental productions to traditional drama, dance and spoken-word. With a computerised flying system, it offers superb views from every seat. 

Empty auditorium and stage view of the Playhouse

Playhouse

Storytelling in all forms—dance, theatre, music or spoken-word—comes alive in the intimate surrounds of the Playhouse. An excellent setting for dramatic performances, film screenings, presentations and conferences.

The Studio theatre style set-up

The Studio

The Studio is an ideal space for contemporary music, film screenings, cocktail parties, cabaret and circus acts or spoken-word and corporate presentations. The flexible seating layout allows for standing crowds, cabaret-style or tiered seating. 

The Utzon Room set up for piano recital with theatre style seating

The Utzon Room

Elegance, intimacy and impeccable acoustics combine in this small but impressive space. Named in honour of architect Jørn Utzon, this is the only internal venue wholly designed by the Danish master. 

Crowds on the Forecourt enjoying an outdoor performance by Tame Impala

Outdoor Events

The Forecourt and the Northern Broadwalk  provide spectacular outdoor performance spaces, set below the famous white sails offering stunning harbour and city views. 

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