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Joan Sutherland Theatre

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Set beneath the Opera House's eastern sails, the Joan Sutherland Theatre is the building's second-largest internal venue. While it is home to Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet for most of the year, this proscenium arch lyric theatre has also hosted an extraordinary range of performers, including the renowned Nederlands Dans Theater, electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk and the world's most famous atheist, scientist Richard Dawkins. 

The venue has seating made of white birch timber with red woollen upholstery, an extensive fly system and flexible staging. Up to 70 musicians can be accommodated in the orchestra pit. 

In 2012, the theatre was named in tribute to one of Australia and the world's greatest artists, Dame Joan Sutherland, who gave so many legendary performances in the venue. 

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