1. The Opera House was opened by the British Queen.
Sydney Opera House is one of the most distinctive and famous buildings in the world. Construction began in March 1959, and it took 14 years before being opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1973. The opening ceremony included fireworks and a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
2. It’s easy to find the Opera House!
Going on an adventure? Set your GPS for 33.8568° S, 151.2153° E to find the Sydney Opera House. It’s located in Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.
3. The Queen’s been a regular visitor.
The Queen has visited a further three times since – the most recent was with Prince Philip in 2006.
4. It’s a Danish-Australian collaboration.
Sydney Opera House was originally designed by the Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, but was completed by an Australian design team. The smallest venue is named after him. Seating 210 people is the Utzon room.
5. It cost a staggering amount to build.
Building the Sydney Opera House cost AUS$102 million to complete – adjusted for inflation, that’s equal to AUS$602,959,203.40 in 2019! (£317,783,618.56).
6. It was meant to be much, much cheaper!
The original estimate was just $7 million! Now that’s what I call over-budget!
7. Prokofiev was the maiden composer at the Opera House.
The first public performance at the Sydney Opera House was Sergei Prokofiev’s War and Peace.
8. Most people don’t come to the Opera House to watch opera!
Each year, approximately 2,000,000 people come to watch a performance at Sydney Opera House. However that’s just a small percentage of the visitor numbers Sydney Opera House attracts each year – it was recently recorded at over 11 million people!
9. The Opera House is truly massive.
The building is huge – its highest point is 67 meters tall, and its 120 meters wide and 185 meters long – more than 100 football pitches could fit inside!
10. There are no bigger attractions Down Under.
It’s the number one visitor attraction in Australia, beating the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru/Ayers Rock and Bondi Beach!
11. There’s a staggering number of rooms here.
Sydney Opera House boasts an incredible 1,000 rooms – but just seven of these are venues. The largest venue is the Concert Hall which seats an audience of 2,679.
12. The Opera House is a modern heritage appointee.
In 2007 it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.