The Sydney Opera House is the symbol of modern Australia. A World Heritage-listed masterpiece of “human creative genius,” it exists because a few brave people dared to think differently.
From conception to completion, the building tested the limits of engineering, construction and design. When the Opera House opened its doors in 1973, changing the image of Australia, a new era of cultural discovery and community engagement began.
Five decades later, we stand as an important community meeting place, the nation’s busiest performing arts centre and an integral part of Sydney through our contribution to culture, heritage, sustainability and tourism.
Inspired by nature, the charismatic Danish architect designed a building that astonished from every angle, forever changing the face of Sydney.
On 2 March 1959, a crowd gathered under umbrellas, in the rain, to watch the start of construction of the Sydney Opera House.
The spherical solution
Discovering the key to the Sydney Opera House’s shells marked a milestone in 20th century architecture.
Peter Hall and the completion of the Opera House
A young Australian accepts the challenge and delivers results.
50 years of extraordinary moments
From Ella Fitzgerald to Bon Iver, Dance Rites Festival to Nelson Mandela’s address from the steps, the Opera House and the extraordinary experiences on our stages reflect our contemporary culture.
Conserving and celebrating our heritage
We are transforming the building for future generations while respecting and preserving the very features that make it unique.
Decade of Renewal
As we open up the Opera House to more of the community, the Decade of Renewal has helped us live up to the promise of the building itself.