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ImageThe Sydney Opera House first opened in 1973 and since then has become one of the most famous and intricately designed structures in the world. However, as visually dramatic as this structure is, its history offers more drama.

In the 1940s, after realizing that the City Townhall was inept at holding large scale productions, Eugene Goosens, the director of the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music, became very persistent in wanting to build a large scale performance arts venue on Bennelong Point in Sydney. After much pleading, Goosens finally got his wish.
In 1955, a competition spurred where architects around the world made blue prints of what this art venue should look like. ?
The Danish architect JAFA Ultzon won.
Yet, the path to becoming one of the greatest buildings in the world was a rocky one. For example, in 1966, half way through completing construction on the project, Ultzon left Australia never to return again. Ultxon's departure is said to have been caused by the tense relationships between the State government and him over the increasing cost of the project. ?
Several years after opening its doors, the Sydney Opera House is currently a contender to becoming one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The opera house is among one of 21 semi-finalists. The seven finalists will be announced in July.
In addition, the four main auditoriums (the Concert Hall, the Playhouse, the Opera Theatre and the Drama Theatre) stage a total of 3,000 performances per year.

Bennelong Point

Tel: (02) 9250 7111. Fax: (02) 9251 3843.

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Transport: CityRail, ferry or bus to Circular Quay; bus 438 to Opera House steps.

Opening hours: Daily 0900-1700 (tours); Mon-Sat 0900-2030 (box office), plus two hours before Sun show.

Admission: Free; A$23 (front-of-house tour); A$140 (backstage tour).


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