Sydney Opera House

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Bennelong Point, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House Reviews

rcpilgrim rcpilgrim
40 reviews
Sydney Opera House May 24, 2012
The Sydney Opera House is an engineering marvel that was completed in 1973. It is located in Sydney, Australia and juts into the harbor. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is now protected under that status. The opera house was designed by a Danish architect and took sixteen years to complete. Construction design allowed the international panel of engineers to push the boundaries of modern day construction techniques at the time. The opera house is a major feature of Sydney's skyline and a testament to the creative guenius of engineering.
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66 reviews
The Sydney Symphony Aug 20, 2011
The concert hall is magnificent. The lay out of the hall is to allow audience to sit in 360 degrees around the stage. Good seats can be secured by early bookings (via phone or internet). I got the platform side seat, which I considered quite decent, as the conductor's expressions were clearly captured, and I still could watch the entire players clearly. Of course, when you're in side views, the front rows are better. Ticket prices are available online, once purchased can be picked up before the show in the assigned booth. Different surcharges are applied, depends on how you buy the ticket. Ticket prices ranged from as low as 35 AUD to as high as 125 AUD, depends on how early the ticket booked, and of course the seats position.

The highlight of my last visit was the Leningrad Symphony : War and Peace concert, which was held from 18 to 20th of August 2011. The symphony was conducted by Vasily Petrenko, the talented young Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The first part was from Brahms' Concerto in A minor (for around 30 minutes), with the solo violin and cello performed elegantly by Karen Gomyo and Alban Gerhardt. The second part was the Leningrad Symphony from Shostakovich, which was played for around 70 minutes without pause. I love the experience (it was the first time I entered the Opera House). I intensely paid attention to the entire play, and enjoying the impressive energetic performance of Petrenko.

Besides orchestra, other shows and plays are performed all year long, and updated booklets are published accordingly. If you're interested in joining the Opera House Tour, a lot of travel agents organize such packages. The information can be easily obtained from any visitor centers in the city. The Opera House is located nearby the Circular Quay, and very close to the jetty if you're catching the ferry trip back to where you stay, or just merely enjoying the cruise below the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
The ceiling of the concert hall
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onthemoveuk onthemov…
3 reviews
Picturesque!!! Apr 12, 2011
One of my favourite places in the whole of Austrlia is to be laid on the beautiful Botanical gardens with The Sydney Opera House to the right of me and The Harbour Bridge infront of me. In that moment, you lose yourself, you cant imagine anything better. It really does take a hold of you.

You will have amazing birds around you, fruit bats hanging from the trees. I JUST LOVE BEING THERE!!!

And its all free!!!
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kylequarmby kylequar…
1 reviews
typical tourist spot by the side if the Sydney harbour Jun 05, 2011
the opera house is an excellent tourist spot for anyone visiting Sydney Australia, it right next to the harbour in Sydney with easy public transport to it. its reasonable priced to take a tour round it and completely free to have a walk round.
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vinay_gaggar vinay_ga…
3 reviews
Must See sight May 02, 2011
I was in Sydney for 4 years and fortunately my office was 5 minutes from Circular quay and every lunch hour I used to go and sit on the steps of Opera house, its magnificent and a must see thing to see in the sydney.
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Mikey_187 Mikey_187
1 reviews
Cool Apr 25, 2011
Architecturally this is pretty special (if slightly dated), so if you're in Sydney it's a must see. In terms of events there, the quality is hit and miss, but the pricing is surprisingly reasonable. Tourist central however.
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julie1222 julie1222
3 reviews
Cool architecture Apr 04, 2011
I didn't get go inside since your only allowed to go in when there is a show.

But you can have drinks near by...View the opera house and Darling Harbour...
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koncertkrazi koncertk…
3 reviews
A Must While in Sydney! Apr 01, 2011
See a guided tour of the venue, but if u can spend money on seeing an opera, do it because it will be an amazing experience! Don't just look at the exterior of the famous landmark, go inside it!
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yamser yamser
1 reviews
lovely Mar 20, 2011
I didnt go into the opera house but i did take a stroll around it for free and it was nice theres a nice walk that goes around into the botanical gardens and you will get a nice shot of the opera house and the harbour bridge together
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d2amy d2amy
178 reviews
Nice for an afternoon Aug 27, 2010
The saddest part about me writing this review is that, to be completely honest with all you travel buddies; I had no idea what the Sydney opera house was before I came here. True, once I walked up to it and realized it was the iconic building everyone gets a picture with when in Sydney, I had no idea that all this time it was an opera house.

We walked through the Botanical Gardens to get to it, and I would definitely recommend that walk. It was beautiful, and even though it was in late August, the sun was shining and the weather was amazing for that time of year. I thought so at least.

We didn’t go into the opera house, but I don’t think many do, so we got loads of pictures on the step then moved onto the Sydney Harbor area for a bit of lunch. It’s definitely a great little walk for the morning or early afternoon.
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Adrian_Liston Adrian_L…
156 reviews
Iconic for a reason Jan 19, 2009
The Sydney Opera House is iconic for its location. Jutting out into sydney Harbour with the Harbour Bridge as its backdrop, the Opera House is a marker saying "This is Sydney". From a distance the sails of the Opera House are extraordinary, especially on a beautiful blue sky day from Potts Point (where you see the Harbour Bridge behind it). Up close, however, I don't think the building is actually that beautiful, but it is worth walking around to see all the beautiful shapes the buildings make when viewed from less typical angles, and it is a perfect spot from which to sit and watch the harbour. I've never actually been inside, but for that matter neither did the architect, Jørn Utzon, after a major falling out caused him to walk away from the project after the exterior was finished, to never return.
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wongjst wongjst
40 reviews
Jul 08, 2007
None of you will overlook the Sydney Opera House which is located at Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge is just next to the opera house.

The house itself consists of thousands of shells to form the roof structure. According to the local official, the shells contains of both the glossy white and matte cream colours. So sometimes when you take a photo either with sunshine or without, it does make a differences...

You will get a nice front view of the Sydney Opera House if you take the ferry cossing the Sydney harbour. Also a view from the Sydney Opera House look back to the Sydney downtown area.

Many visitors aren't awared that the Sydney Opera House was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II when she was still served as a Queen of Australia back in 1973.

During the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the Sydney Opera House was also one of the important icon or served as the official 2000 Summer Olympics logo and medal.
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