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“Back stage tour - Sydney Opera House - A VERY early start”
Review of Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House
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Opera Performance at the Sydney Opera House
Ranked #3 of 555 things to do in Sydney
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of the most iconic buildings in the world – the Sydney Opera House is an architectural masterpiece and vibrant performance space. It's a place where the past shapes the future, where conventions are challenged and cultures are celebrated. Step inside and discover the stories that make the Opera House so inspiring. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a first-timer or an aficionado, the Sydney Opera House has something for everyone.
Reviewed 24 July 2014

We opted to do the back stage tour of the opera house. This means you have to be at the stage door entrance at 6:45 sharp. If you are late, you miss the tour. We were shown through the entire building. The set storage areas [which are VERY crammed in]. Photography in those areas was not allowed due to artistic copyright. The massive lift system used to elevate sets onto the stage, the stage itself and the orchestra pit [which showed how the conductor has to view 2 worlds (the stage and the orchestra at the same time]. We were also told why there was a safety net over the orchestra pit. Apparently it stemmed from a production of Boris Gudenof which included live chickens. One night one chicken fell of the stage into the lap of the 2nd violinist. He threw it back onto the stage but this spooked the other chickens which decided to escape into the audience. Chickens were not used again after that...

Then we were shown the orchestra hall, from the stage, the flight tower where scenery is held in suspense over the actors' heads, the green room [which is not green], etc. The tour lasted about 2 hours and finished with a hearty breakfast.

Overall very recommended.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

The Opera House tour was interesting. We were taken into several of the entertainment venues, although couldn't take pictures if there were people working in there! PRIVACY reasons. The history is interesting and seeing the outside close up was good. Before the tour, you get the opportunity to have a photo taken in front of a green screen. When your tour is over, you have the option to purchase those photos which they have now add the inside and outside of the Opera House. Some of those come on postcards you and send through the mail.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

This is a landmark and for that reason is a 'must see.' That said, there's not all that much to see, so it's a pretty easy / quick item to check off your list. While very unique, I wasn't overwhelmed by it and didn't feel I needed a lot of time there. The Opera is high quality, though, so I do recommend seeing a show.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Attended Handel's Messiah which was brilliant. Just one problem with all those steps. Mum has NH lymphoma so we asked to use elevator but as the lift only went half way and our seats were up high Mum had quite a walk. I have since written to the Opera House for advice on areas with best access but unfortunately did not receive reply. Missed out on getting tickets while I waited and didn't really want to risk the same climb as before.

Thank Diane F
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Sydneyoperahouse2014, Manager at Sydney Opera House, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2014

Hi Diane, we apologies for any inconvenience you experienced during your last visit to the Sydney Opera House.

For future visits we would advise purchasing tickets in the Stalls section of the JST or Concert Hall as there is no lift up to the Circle and Upper Levels of these theatres unfortunately. Our Box Office staff can suggest upon purchasing tickets which seats in the Stalls are the most appropriate seats with the least amount of stairs when they book in. Our Access Guide with more details on all our access accommodations (including a Venue step count) can be found here and used to assist in identifying seats with the least amount of stairs to access:

Please email our Accessibility Manager Jenny Spinak at jspinak@sydneyoperahouse.com if you need any further information or to discuss your feedback in more detail.

Kind regards,
Sydney Opera House

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Breathtaking is an understatement. You haven't been to Sydney if you haven't been to the Opera House

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