60th birthday concert for Opera House to take place on its steps









A City of Sydney grant will help Australia’s leading opera company present concerts on the Sydney Opera House steps, marking the organisation’s 60th anniversary and making opera accessible to more people.

With reduced ticket prices and accessible facilities, the five-concert series by Opera Australia is expected to attract thousands of national and international visitors, including first-time opera goers and people of all abilities.The production of Sydney Opera House ”“ The Opera will be performed live on the Sydney Opera House Monumental Steps, forming the centrepiece of Opera Australia’s 60th anniversary celebrations in 2016.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the production, which kicks-off in October 2016, means more people can enjoy opera in one of the world’s grandest settings.

“Sydney has an exciting cultural life and we’re doing everything we can to support local artists and ensure more live performances are available for our visitors and residents to enjoy,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Events like these put Sydney on the world stage, and also bring in millions of dollars to the city’s economy, supporting local businesses in accommodation, hospitality and retail.

“With the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour as a backdrop, The Opera is an opportunity for locals and visitors to enjoy one of Australia’s top performing arts companies in one of the world’s most stunning locations.”

The City will provide $100,000 in cash towards the large-scale production of Sydney Opera House ”“ The Opera.

The production tells the story of Jorn Utzon’s creation of the Sydney Opera House and celebrates its status as one of Australia’s greatest creative and technical achievements.

It will feature a full chorus, leading local, national and international performers and inspired designs for the set and costumes.

Opera Australia will use a reduced price strategy to attract and connect with wider and more diverse audiences, particularly first-time opera goers. Tickets are expected to go on sale in August- September 2015 as part of the 2016 season launch.

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