2013 is a wonderful year for music and opera!
We not only celebrate Verdi and Wagner’s bicentennial, Britten’s centennial, the 100 years of the premier of Stravinski’s “Le Sacre du Printemps”, the 200 years of the premier of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and the “100 years of Opera at the Arena di Verona”, but we also celebrate many Opera Houses like for example, the 40th Aniversary of “Sydney’s Opera House”!
“The Sydney Opera House” is considered by many a wonder of modern architecture.
UNESCO named “The Sydney Opera House” a World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007.
Some interesting trivia about the “Sydney Opera House” and it’s performance venues (Salles de spectacle):
The Concert Hall has 2,679 seats and it’s the home of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and used by a large number of other concert presenters. It contains the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ, the largest mechanical tracker action organ in the world, with over 10,000 pipes!
“The Joan Sutherland Theatre” is a proscenium theatre with 1,507 seats, the Sydney home of Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet. Until 16 October 2012 it was known as the Opera Theatre.
The Drama Theatre is a proscenium theatre with 544 seats, used by the Sydney Theatre Company and other dance and theatrical presenters.
The building also houses a recording studio, cafes, restaurants and bars and retail outlets.
Happy 40th Anniversary, Sydney Opera House!!!!
And congratulations to the Opera of Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra!