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Your gift treasures and renews the Opera House

Since opening its doors in 1973, the Opera House has transformed Australia and inspired visitors from around the world. Four decades on, your gift is essential to make sure this magnificent building continues to inspire new generations of artists, audiences and visitors and meets the challenges of the 21st-century.  

Your gift today helps improve access to the building, opens new areas to the public, replaces technology and machinery and ensures the Opera House is equipped to welcome as many people in as many ways possible.

Give now to make your gift towards our national icon.

Heritage

The Heritage need

To celebrate our 45th birthday, our CEO Louise Herron reflects on how we continue to strive to be as bold and inspiring as the building itself.

The Utzon legacy

The architect of Sydney Opera House, Jørn Utzon was a relatively unknown 38 year old Dane in January 1957 when his entry was announced winner of the international competition to design a ‘national opera house’ for Sydney’s Bennelong Point. His vision for a sculptural, curved building on the Harbour broke radically with the cube and rectangular shapes of modernist architecture. The building transformed his career and, in turn, transformed the image of an entire nation. Read more about the history and legacy of Utzon.

Coburn Tapestries

As part of a special guided tour in May 2019, John Coburn's legendary tapestries Curtain of the Sun and Curtain of the Moon were hung in their original homes of the Joan Sutherland Theatre and Drama Theatre. The Curtains underwent a meticulous process of conservation and restoration. Read the story of how the Curtains came to be hung again.

 

Le Corbusier tapestry

Jan Utzon (son of Sydney Opera House architect Jørn Utzon), Lasse Andersson (Head of Exhibitions, Utzon Center) and others revealed the untold story of a collaboration between two of the 20th century’s greatest architects, for one of the 20th century’s greatest buildings.

Renewal

Creative Learning Centre

For the first time, the Opera House will have a dedicated space for children and young people to experiment and learn in a building that embodies creativity and innovation.

The Creative Learning Centre will be a flexible space hosting workshops, creative-play activities, talks and performances, and will also include a separate space for a permanent digital classroom. Learn more.

Concert Hall

As part of its largest upgrade since opening in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is improving acoustics in the world-famous Concert Hall. In planning for renewal, acoustic reflectors and drapes were put to the test with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on stage and guest violinist Pinchas Zuckerman.

Joan Sutherland Theatre

Ever wondered what happens in the wings, behind-the-scenes, up in the lights? As we prepare to reopen the Joan Sutherland Theatre this New Year’s Eve, renewed for future generations, we wanted to give you a glimpse of the magic that brings every show at the Opera House to life.

Thank you for your gift.

You play a vital role in treasuring and renewing the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences and visitors, and ensuring the Opera House is open for everyone, for ever. See our generous donors.