The Sydney Opera House is one of the 20th century’s most distinguished performing arts venues in the world. Since its opening in 1973, it has hosted many famous composers, song writers and symphonies from around the world.
The Sydney Opera House is easily recognizable by its brilliant architecture consisting of a series of roof shells supported by concrete ribs. The building was completed in three stages: the podium (1959-1963); the roof (1963-1967); and the outer shells (1967-1973). The Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, was chosen to design and build the structure in 1957. He received the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor, for his masterpiece in 2003. The prize committee stated that the Sydney Opera House was one of the great iconic buildings of the 20th century, an image of great beauty known throughout the world. The structure sits on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour accessed by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and surrounded by the harbour on three sides and the Royal Botanic Gardens on the inland side.
In addition to its breathtaking architecture, the Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue playhouse that hosts over 1,500 performances and over seven million visitors each year. Its four resident companies are the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Theatre Company, the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia, but many other performances are held here.
The Sydney Opera House Playhouse, one of the most intimate performance venues, is located within the Sydney Opera House. It hosts small musical and dramatic performances and single-set theatre productions. With its small size, seating 398 people, it’s also an excellent venue for film screenings, spoken word readings and chamber music performances. It is equipped with the latest stage gear like motorized battens to move lighting and scenery, enabling productions with elaborate backdrops to take place here. The Playhouse has perfect acoustics, an ideal setting for the Sydney Festival, the Bell Shakespeare Company and the Sydney Theatres, all which perform here. The interior of the Playhouse is sleek and contemporary with light birch panelling and seats in contrasting hues of red and dark purple. The Sydney Opera House Playhouse is an experience that enables the audience to feel every emotion and hear every word of each performance in an inviting intimate atmosphere.