Tours are available in seven languages
In addition to English, tours are also available in French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
Security at the Sydney Opera House
Security is of the highest priority with regular updates on the methods used to ensure the safety of all visitors to the venue. The security checks include visual inspections as well as x-ray screening by trained security staff before you enter the venue.
Vehicle access on the forecourt
The Sydney Opera House has removed all access to parking and vehicle movements from the forecourt for reasons of increased security. Any visitors requiring mobility assistance are requested to use the car park adjacent to the Opera House where a courtesy vehicle is available if required.
Multiple Performance Venues
The name, Sydney Opera House suggests a single venue. However, the building contains multiple performance venues with more than 1,500 annual performances. The performances staged here are watched by over 1.2 million people each year. In addition to visiting artists there are also three resident companies: Opera Australia, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Theatre Company. It is one of Australia’s biggest attractions with around 350,000 people taking the tour of the building each year.
Performance venues and facilities
Concert Hall- the concert hall has seating for 2,679 and is the home venue of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Pride of place in the concert hall is the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ. It is the world’s largest mechanical tracker organ containing more than 10,000 pipes. The Joan Sutherland Theatre has 1,507 seats and is home to Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet. The 544 seat Drama Theatre is primarily used by the Sydney Theatre Company as well as other dance and theatrical presentations. The Playhouse is a smaller theatre with seating for 398 while the Studio is a flexible space with 280 permanent seats and a maximum seating capacity for 400. The Utzon Room is a small sized room with multiple uses such as parties, corporate entertainment and small productions such as performances of chamber music. There is also a Recording Studio and the Outdoor Forecourt can be used for a range of events for the community requiring outdoor performances.