The Sydney Opera House turns 40

Published 9th October, 2013 in Tourism

In October, the Opera House celebrates a major milestone in its history – its 40th anniversary.

The Anniversary marks a pivotal point in the life of the Opera House: a moment to reflect on the Opera House’s heritage and history as it launches forward into a decade of renewal leading up to its 50th Anniversary in 2023.

It’s an opportunity to celebrate its central role in the NSW community and economy and its importance to Australia as a World Heritage monument.

Denmark’s Crown Prince Couple, HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary, are to visit Sydney as the Patrons of the Opera House’s 40th Anniversary program.

The Opera House’s 40th birthday celebrations will start on its official day, Sunday October 20, through to the following Monday, October 28.

  • The Opera House will celebrate the actual day with a cake and a song on October 20. From 10am, the public are invited to come and sing happy birthday and share the cutting of the Opera House cake. Entry is free.
  • Also on October 20, the Opera House will hold an Open Door so that people can visit the main stages at the heart of the Opera House, the Concert Hall and the Joan Sutherland Theatre. Between 9am and 1pm, members of the public will have the opportunity to wander the world-renowned Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre, which have played host to Australia and the world’s greatest artists and companies. Entry is free.
  • On October 25, the Crown Prince Couple will officially open a special exhibition focusing on the enduring legacy of Danish design entitled Danish Design at the House. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece, the Western Foyer of Sydney Opera House will be transformed into a number of installations inspired by the sparse, elegant modernism of Danish design. The exhibition will be curated by Terroir in collaboration with Karen Kjaergaard. The exhibition will run from 25 October – 11 November. Entry is free.
  • The exhibition will be accompanied by an architectural symposium, entitled Next Generation, guided by UTS’ Professor Anthony Burke, the former curator for Australia at the Venice Biennale. The Next Generation title is no accident: our anniversary is all about the future of the Opera House as it evolves to meet the needs and expectations of future generations. Tickets can be purchased from Sydney Opera House website.
  • The 40th Anniversary Concert – one of the highlights of the anniversary will be an event on the Forecourt on October 27. Forty years after Beethoven’s electrifying Ode To Joy officially opened the building in 1973, the Sydney Symphony will recreate this concert for an audience of several thousand, featuring soloists from Opera Australia, and the vocal heft of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Tickets can be purchased from Sydney Opera House website.
  • The Program culminates on Monday 28 with the Danish version of the Oscars – the Crown Prince Couple Awards. This is a hugely popular event, watched by millions of Danes that will be broadcast by SBS. This also marks the first time the awards have been held outside Denmark.

To plan your trip, visit 131500 Transport Infoline or call 131 500.

For further information, buy tickets and see what other events are planned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House, please visit the Opera House - Celebrating 40 website.

You can also keep up to date with Sydney Opera House on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Image: Sydney Opera House  |  Photographer: Jack Atley

Published 9th October, 2013 in Tourism