The biggest upgrade to the Concert Hall since the Opera House opened in 1973 will replace aging theatre systems and improve acoustics, accessibility, and stage and backstage areas.
The Concert Hall is the heart of the Opera House. The full sweep of culture plays across its stage - from classical and contemporary music to circuses, cabaret and school spectaculars.
The upgrades will transform the audience and performer experience and ensure it can switch between moods and modes as seamlessly and efficiently as possible. A specially designed new acoustic ceiling and specially designed reflectors will better distribute sound to performers on stage and to audiences in all parts of the hall.
New automated draping will improve the hall's flexibility, versatility and efficiency and allow it to quickly adapt to different types of performances. The latest 3D surround-sound system will enhance amplified contemporary music shows and talks by compelling speakers who take the stage throughout the year as part of our Talks & Ideas program.
Improving the acoustics
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Air-conditioning equipment the size of four shipping containers will be relocated from above the Concert Hall ceiling, reducing background noise and enabling better use of the ceiling's load-bearing capacity for theatrical equipment. A new displacement air-conditioning system will improve the comfort of audiences and performers.
Theatre machinery and grid systems will be relocated to reduce turn-around times between performances, and increase the lifting capacity, flexibility and safety of the winch and other technical systems.
An elegant new passage will connect the Concert Hall Southern Foyer to areas currently not wheelchair accessible or challenging for those with mobility restrictions, including the spectacular Northern Foyer. Inside the Hall there will be up to 26 wheelchair-accessible positions in various locations. The Concert Hall upgrade also includes new wheelchair-accessible toilets and four back-of-house toilets for performers.
Construction of this extensive program of vital works is expected to begin in early 2020 and will require the closure of the hall. We expect the Concert Hall will reopen late 2021.