A visit to Sydney Opera House to mark its 50th anniversary

Photos and Words: Raj Suri

19 January 2023
It is summer in Australia and no better way for the FCA Members to start the new year with a trip to the iconic Sydney Opera House which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023.

The Tour

It was late afternoon, on an overcast thursday in Sydney’s summer. FCA members started the trip by delving into the history and construction of the historical building with a concentrated tour, guided by Peter Sekules (Visitor Experiences, Tours & Retail – Sydney Opera House).
Starting from mid-1950s…it was the Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, who created the iconic sculpture on Sydney Harbour. To quote US architect Frank Gehry, “it changed the image of an entire country.”

Peter Sekules, Visitor Experiences, Tours & Retail – Sydney Opera house
FCA Members taking the guided tour

The main concert hall was newly refurbished in 2022 after more than two years of extensive upgrades. The Concert Hall is one of the world’s largest (2600 seats) and longest (45 metres) performing arts halls in the world.  The sound across this space has been enhanced, a highly technical challenge for acousticians, along with the need to perfect the sound quality for both acoustic and amplified performances in the hall.

Concert Hall – Sydney Opera House
FCA Members, Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

To view the full details of the Sydney Opera House extensive renewal, click here

Sydney Opera House announces year- long celebration for its 50th anniversary

Fiona Winning – Director of Programming, Sydney Opera House
Video clip: Raj Suri

Special program of performances, free community events, festivals and experiences from major Australian and international artists. The 50th anniversary season will showcase the very best of contemporary culture theatres, on the Forecourt and online. Free outdoor concerts, community events, First Nations storytelling, tours, public art, exhibitions, and special resident company collaborations will encourage hundreds of thousands of people – locals and visitors from around the world – to experience the wonder of the Sydney Opera House.

To learn more, visit the Opera House 50th anniversary highlights

FCA Members documenting the briefing

Tour Photo Gallery

FCA Social and Entertainment

The members were treated to hospitality and received complimentary ticket to Amadeus – the ambitious contemporary production combining theatre, opera and classical music with renowned cast including British Actor Michael Sheen.

FCA members had the opportunity to attend the acclaimed show Amadeus. The ambitious contemporary production combines theatre, opera and classical music with lavish costumes directed by Australian fashion house Romance Was Born. It was the first event announced as part of the Opera House’s year-long 50th anniversary celebrations, supported by the NSW Government. It was staged in the newly transformed Concert Hall from 27 December, 2022 – 21 January, 2023.

AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer

Actor, Michael Sheen, Amadeus Photo Credits -Daniel Boud

Photo Gallery

Amadeus_Sydney Opera House: Photo Credits -Daniel Boud

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