Thursday, October 28, 2021

Travel: The Sydney Opera House Offers Music And So Much More

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Music is the muse for our travel feature today and if your taste runs from art to architecture and sweet melody, you can sit back and expect to be wowed. We go all the way to Australia to unveil our travel crush of the day.

The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings for reasons that are not far-fetched. Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the building was formally opened on 20 October 1973 after a gestation beginning with Utzon’s 1957 selection as winner of an international design competition. Since its completion in 1973 it has attracted worldwide acclaim for its design and construction, enhanced by its location on Bennelong Point within a superb harbour setting.

The design of the building, with its soaring white roof shell shaped sails atop a massive red granite platform, has been internationally acclaimed as one of the worlds masterpieces in architecture. It took 16 years to build. Constructed between 1957 and 1973,it is a reference point in modern architectural design, engineering and construction technology in Australia. Today the Sydney Opera House is a national cultural centre that has gained widespread recognition and respect as a performing arts venue, and includes a concert hall, opera and drama theatres, a playhouse and a studio.

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3000 events take place within this architectural wonder even as hundreds of thousands visit for tourism. Inside the Opera House is a different sensory experience. With its burst of colours and vibrancy, it is designed to put people in a festive mood, and take them out of their daily lives. Both of the main halls, the concert and opera, have proscenium curtains designed by John Coburn. In addition, two large murals were commissioned to enhance the aesthetic values of the interior.

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