The Sydney Opera House has been home to thousands of inspiring performances over more than 40 years. But the star turn remains the building itself.
The Gadigal knew the land on which the Opera House now stands as Tubowgule – ‘where the knowledge waters meet’ – a reference to the magical energy created where the fresh and salt streams collide.
That energy is built into the fabric of Jørn Utzon’s World Heritage-listed ‘masterpiece of human creative genius’ and into the magic that infuses it every day.
More than 1.5 million people see over 2000 performances each year. Another 400,000 take a tour to see first-hand how the magic happens. Millions more visit award-winning restaurants and bars, or take a digital tour, attend a digital classroom or experience a livestream.
Since opening its doors in 1973, the Opera House has become the symbol of modern Australia and the country’s premier tourist destination, with an iconic or national-identity value that Deloitte Access Economics has estimated at $4.6 billion.
Now, this wonder of 20th century architecture needs to be renewed for the 21st century.
The first stage of Opera House Renewal comprises a series of projects that will replace technology and machinery that has reached the end of its working life, open new areas to the public and ensure the Opera House is properly equipped to welcome as many people in as many ways as possible.