October 20, 2013

Sydney Opera House Celebrates 40th Birthday!


An image of one of the world’s most iconic buildings.
The design was way ahead of its time and it still looks amazing!

“The Sydney Opera House Project is an exploration of the history of Australia's most famous structure, including how it was designed, constructed and altered throughout its life. We spoke to Sam Doust, Writer and Director of the Sydney Opera House Project about this epic project that employed a variety of old media and new technology including photos and film , recorded oral histories, and a 3D reconstruction that explores the inside and outside of the building; to tell this magnificent story.”

Explore the Opera House Project - (http://theoperahouseproject.com/)

THE Sydney Opera House yesterday celebrated it's 40th birthday in grand style.
Four thousand people crammed the forecourt to watch the Sydney Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven Symphony No. 9 - the classical piece which opened the venue 40 years ago - along with the Sydney Philharmonia choir and Opera Australia soloists.

Chef Matt Moran marked the occasion by unveiling an enormous cupcake, while Jimmy Barnes led a rousing happy birthday singalong.

Its hard to believe that in 1966 the Opera House was embroiled in scandal.

As well as a cost blowout, the criticism of the structure was so harsh, architect Jorn Utzon submit his resignation as designer of the Opera House - yet it went on to land a world heritage listing in 2007.

Utzon never returned to see his masterpiece, dying at 90 years of age,,,,


Some of the world's biggest names have taken to its many stages, among them Joan Sutherland, Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Luciano Pavarotti and Sammy Davis Jr.

With thanks to The Daily Telegraph, and more information there.