The World Heritage Listed Sydney Opera House is Australia’s pre-eminent centre for excellence in live performing arts and events.
The Opera House plays a central role in Australia’s life and identity. Since opening in 1973 more than 65 million people have seen shows, nine million people have taken a tour and millions more have visited the precinct or engaged online.
The Opera House is the world’s busiest performing arts centre, with seven performance venues open 363 days a year, offering audiences the opportunity to experience the best the world has to offer in every performing arts genre.
And the numbers keep growing, with more than 8 million people currently visiting Sydney Opera House each year.
In October 2013 the Opera House celebrates its 40th anniversary, signalling the start of a decade-long process of regeneration culminating in its 50th anniversary in 2023.
The Vehicle Access and Pedestrian Safety project, wholly funded by the NSW Government and the largest construction project undertaken since the building was opened, is currently underway and will be completed in 2014. Throughout this major construction project, the Opera House continues to be fully operational.