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15 May

Visiting The Sydney Opera House – More Than Just Opera

No trip to Sydney Australia is complete without enjoying a show at the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House

Whether you want to hear a musical performance, catch a comedy, or attend an Opera, the Sydney Opera House has it all.  The Sydney Opera House is as iconic to Sydney as the harbour bridge, and is perhaps the most photographed site in Australia.  Now almost 30 years old, the Sydney Opera House has earned its place as one of the best performance arts centers in the world.  Whether you are staying at one of the serviced apartments nearby or have to catch a train, bus or ferry in to Circular Quay, there are plenty of reasons why you don’t want to miss a tour of this amazing cultural centre.

Something for Everyone
The Opera House isn’t just for performing operas and orchestras (although there are plenty of these). Many popular musicians and singers perform here, international up-and-coming playwrights show their latest works, and school choirs and kids’ performers all have a place at the Opera House.  The performance schedule at the opera house includes events for almost every taste.

Sydney Opera House Stage

Not Just for Shows
The Opera House is not just about the performances. It’s also a magnificent building to walk in and around, have a meal or a drink, and take in the view of the harbour and the bridge. There are also plenty of exhibitions that are often hosted at the Opera House, so you can check out some contemporary art before taking in a show.

Vivid at Sydney Opera House

There is also a fantastic light festival called Vivid that has been running for a number of years now that shouldn’t be missed. It is a great chance to see the Opera House sails lit up in a variety of colours and patterns. This is great fun especially for families.

Take a Tour
One of the best ways to really immerse yourself in the experience is to take a tour.  Multiple tours of the Opera House are run daily by the Opera House itself, including options for backstage tours to see the inner workings of this unique, complex building  Tickets can be purchased via their website.  You’ll also find tours offered by all of the major Sydney tour agencies.

Visiting the Opera House
If you are going to a show at the Opera House, it’s good to know  there is no formal dress code that must be adhered to, but some people may dress up as if they are going to the opera later in the evening. Give yourself ample time to collect your tickets and figure out where you need to be. The Opera House is a big place and you don’t want to be rushing to your seat. Note that if you are late, you won’t be let in until there is a suitable break in the performance.

So whether you are staying in Sydney apartments right in the CBD or are a short bus trip away, a trip to the Opera House is really a must the next time you visit Sydney. There is so much to see and do here, even if you’re not seeing a show.

About The Author:  Tom Mallet is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics.
Photo Credits:  Flickr – #1 jimmyharris, #2 Rob & Jules, #3 nigelhowe

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