Sydney: Opera House

Country: Australia
State: New South Wales
City: Sydney
Location: Bennelong Point

Built from 1959 by the Danish architect, Jrn Utzon, who resigned after political and financial problems in 1966. Completed until 1973 by E. H. Farmer, Peter Hall, Lionel Todd, and David Littlemore. Acoustical consultants: V. L. Jordan and N. V. Jordan. Opened 20 Oct 1973 with Prokofiev's opera "War and Peace".

The complex includes five halls for approximately 5500 visitors, and 1000 rooms overall. Originally intended for opera performances, the biggest hall with 2697 seats is used as "Concert Hall" due to its insufficient acoustics. A smaller hall with 1547 seats is used for opera performances.

Links: www.sydneyoperahouse.com, AusStage, Wikipedia

[Sydney: Opera House] Picture: Opera House construction site
Reverse Text: "Sydney Opera House N. S. W. - Under construction at Bennelong Point on Sydney Harbour. Its unique design consits of shell vaults inspired by yachts on the Harbour. It covers an area of 7 acres; maximum height, 230 ft.; weight of shell roofs, 21.000 tons, and of the concourse, 10.000 tons."
Publisher: National View by Murfett Publishers, Australia
Size: Classic
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[Sydney: Opera House] Picture: Opera House construction site
Reverse Text: "Sydney Cove from the Air. An aerial view featuring Circular Quay, the Overseas Shipping Terminal and Sydney's new Opera House."
Publisher: John Sands; 17018
Size: Modern
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[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Opening Day at the Sydney Opera House, October 20th, 1973."
Size: Classic
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[Sydney: Opera House] First Day Cover, Australia, 20 Oct 1973
Pictures: details from the Curtains of the Sun (Opera Theatre), Curtains of the Moon (Drama Theatre), exterior view
Front Text: "Post Office Souvenir Cover. Sydney Opera House. Official Opening by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. October 20, 1973"

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Sydney Opera House - Situated at Bennelong Point on Sydney Harbour, its unique design consists of shell-like sails inspired by yachts on the Harbour. It covers an area of 7 acres, maximum height 230 feet, weight of shell roofs, 21,000 tons, and of the concourse, 10,000 tons."
Publisher: National View by Murfett Pty. Ltd. Australia
Size: Classic
Sent: from Australia to Wien (Austria) [no postmark]

[Sydney: Opera House] Front Text: "Sydney Opera House"
Reverse Text: "New Sydney Opera House, N.S.W. - This unique futuristic structure will seat a collective audience of more than 5,000 in four separate auditoriums and will feature the very best in grand opera, ballet, musc and drama."
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd.; N18
Size: Modern
Sent: from Marrickville to Lubljana (Yugoslavia), 1974

[Sydney: Opera House] Front Text: "Sydney Opera House"
Reverse Text: "The Harbourside Restaurant, Sydney Opera House, N.S.W. - Purchasing excellent meals from the self-serve restaurant, visitors to the Opera House can eat in the warm sunshine and at the same time obtain magnificent harbour views."
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd.; N207; JSC1158
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Aerial view of Sydney Opera house with the early Colonial Style Government House occupying part of the Botanical Gardens."
Publisher: Bartel Photography, Sydney; 275
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "View to the East of Sydney Harbour from the Bridge, N.S.W. In this magnificent panorama of Sydney Harbour regarded as one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world, ferries and a hydrofoil pass in front of the Opera House on the right and Kirribilli and Fort Denisaon are featured on the left. In the distance, the white sails of competing yachts can be seen against the blue waters."
Publisher: John Sandsy; N7
Size: Modern
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[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Sydney Opera House with modern Hydrofil in foreground"
Publisher: Engelberger Trading Co., Sydney; E 174
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "View towards the Harbour Bridge across the entrance steps to the Sydney Opera House, N.S.W."
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd., Sydney
Size: Modern
Sent: from Sydney to Lexingstone (USA), 1974

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Aerial View of Sydney Opera House, Aerial view of the recently completed Opera House"br> Publisher: National View by Murfett Publishers, Australia; P3045-1
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Aerial View of Opera House, Sydney, N. S. W."
Publisher: National View by Murfett Publishers, Australia; PF 3092-1
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Sydney Opera House - One of the most outstandingly designed buildings in modern history."
Publisher: Werner Bartel, Sydney
Size: Modern
Sent: from Sydney to Kloten (Switzerland), 1980

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Sydney, New South Wales, Aerial view of the Sydney Opera House with backdrop of City and Sydney Tower"
Publisher: Nucolorvue Productions Pty. Ltd.
Size: Modern
Sent: from Australia to Wuppertal (Germany), 1982

[Sydney: Opera House] Front Text: center: "Sydney Opera House, Australia", frame, clockwise starting above left: "Curtain of the Sun", "Bennelong Point", "Opening Day 20/10/1973", "Harbour Restaurant", "Northern Foyer", "Opera House at dusk", "Curtain of the Moon", "Pleasurecraft"
Reverse Text: "Sydney, Australia, Interesting aspects of the Sydney Opera House"
Publisher: Nucolorvue Productions Pty. Ltd., Australia
Size: Modern
Sent: from Rushcutters Bay to Dresden (Germany), 1987

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - Moonrise over the Opera House"
Handwritten Reverse Text: dated 1990
Publisher: David Messent Photography
Type: Moonlight Card
Size: Modern
Sent: from Australia to Kissimmee, Florida (USA) [postmark illegible]

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - Opera House at dusk"
Publisher: David Messent Photography
Size: Modern
Sent: from Warnambool to Limburg (Germany), 1993

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "The moon in its simplicity is the perfect compliment to the original design of the Sydney Opera House"
Publisher: Bartel Collectors World
Type: Moonlight Card
Size: Modern
Sent: from Northgate to Leverkusen (Germany), 1994

[Sydney: Opera House] Front Text: "BridgeClimb Sydney - For The Climb Of Your Life"
Reverse Text: "Yes, you can climb the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Our climb leaders will take you on a breathtaking adventure all the way to the top! You'll take in spectacular views of our beautiful harbour as you climb catwalks, ladders and arches. It's an experience you'll always remember."
Publisher: BridgeClimb Sydney / Free Postcard Advertising, #769-1998EV
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "The distinctive sound of the didgeridoo has been part of the Australian culture for over forty thousand years."
Publisher: Art Mail Press, Freemantle; 9 31856 003003
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Sydney: Opera House] Front Text: "Sydney Opera House"
Reverse Text: "Sydney - Australia, A view of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from the lawn of Government House"
Publisher: Suzie Thomas Publishing, Sydney
Size: Modern
Sent: from Sydney to Ravensburg (Germany), 2002
Reverse detail: Stamp (Australia, 20 June 2000)
[Sydney: Opera House]

[Sydney: Opera House] Front Text: "Sydney Opera House- Opera Theatre"
Reverse Text: "The Opera Theatre is the second largest venue at the Sydney Opera House, it has seating for 1,547 people and accomodates up to 80 musicians. It is mainly used for performances of opera, ballet and contemporary dance."
Publisher: Suzie Thomas Publishing, Sydney; L39
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, N. S. W. Seating 2,800 in spacious comfort, this hall has all the attributes which give the best conditions for music making."
Publisher: John Sands, N165
Size: Modern
Sent: from Australia to Wrgl (Austria), 1975

[Sydney: Opera House] Front Text: "Concert Hall - Sydney Opera House"
Reverse Text: "Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House - This magnificent Concert Hall has 2,679 seats. Its Grand Organ is the largest mechanical action organ in the world with over 10,500 pipes."
Publisher: Suzie Thomas Publishing, Sydney; 95/310
Size: Modern
Sent: from Australia to Bogen (Germany), 1996

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Curtains of the Moon, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, N.S.W.. Designed by Australian artist John Coburn, this curtain, along with the 'Curtains of the Sun' in the Opera Theatre, has receivced world acclaim."
Publisher: John Sands; N227
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Concert Hall Foeyer, Sydney Opera House, N.S.W. - This view features the large mural painted by Australian artist John Olsen. The mural is based on the poem 'Five Bells' by Kenneth Siessor."
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd.; N225; JSC1078
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Sydney: Opera House] Reverse Text: "Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The North foyer of Sydney Opera House Concert Hall."
Publisher: David Messent Photography; 334
Size: Modern
Not sent.

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