Sidney Opera House

The New South Wales Government is going to invest more than $200 million in a complete renovation of the Sidney Opera House, the biggest work since it opened 43 years ago. The renewal project has been announced yesterday by NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant. It comprises an upgrading of the weak acoustics, accessibility, efficiency and flexibility of the Concert Hall. Some of the office space will be converted into a new Creative Learning Centre, a dedicated place for children, families and young people. In addition the Government plans to build a premium Function Centre within the building envelope, create a car-free entrance under the monumental steps, and improve access to the main foyer. The first stage of Renewal also includes a $45 million self-funded project to replace the machinery in the Joan Sutherland Theatre.

The main news is certainly that the acoustics will be upgraded. The renovation is expected to last at least for 18 months. Construction will begin in 2019 and the hall will reopen with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 season. The renewal projects will be staged so that performances can continue in the building in other performance spaces.

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