The Concert Hall is the beating heart and the largest venue in the Sydney Opera House. Seating more than 2000 people, its features include a high vaulted ceiling, white birch timber panelling and the world’s largest mechanical tracker-action pipe organ (there’s only one person in the world who can tune it).
Renowned for orchestral performances, and more recently for contemporary music gigs, the Concert Hall is somehow intimate even when full. Audiences can sit around the stage as well as in front.
The Concert Hall is home to our Resident Companies the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Performers and presenters have included Pope John Paul II, Aung San Suu Kyi, Ella Fitzgerald, Luciano Pavarotti, Julia Andrews, Nigella Lawson, Germaine Greer, Janet Jackson, Bon Iver, Kanye West, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan and Prince, to name a few. We've lost count of the number of artists who've declared that walking on stage is a highlight of their careers.
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