Tim Minchin has actually begun the Sydney Opera House’s 50th birthday celebration parties with an impressive, and also typically shoe-less, job on the legendary forecourt.
The 47-year-old Aussie thrilled followers with a two-hour collection under the Opera House’s legendary sails, proclaiming the start of a summer season of shows to commemorate their wedding anniversary.
The 50th wedding anniversary period will certainly include 230 efficiencies, occasions and also experiences, both including free outdoor concerts, events and some of the world’s best theatre.
This includes an Australian-exclusive performance of Tony Award winning play Amadeus starring actor Michael Sheen in the world-renowned concert hall, which debuts on December 27.
Crowds gathered to enjoy a night under the stars at Sydney Opera House on Saturday (pictured), with a special performance by Tim Minchin
Tim Minchin is seen performing on the Opera House forecourt on Saturday, as part of a stellar line-up to celebrate the venue’s 50th anniversary
Michael Sheen (pictured) will bring Tony award-winning play Amadeus to the Opera House in Decembr
Whetting Sydneysiders’ appetite on Saturday night with his eight-piece band, Minchin performed fan favourites including ‘White Wine in the Sun’, as well as a ten-minute song dedicated to cheese and a cover of Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’.
‘What an honour it is to be here for the 50th anniversary of this building!,’ he told the elated crowd.
‘I love this building, as a venue… and as a monument of artistic ambition.
‘It will pay itself off many times over, not just in tourism and in the finance of art, but in making this city a cultural icon. Come back more often!’
The Lovers, a pop-infused re-imagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is playing until November 20
Minchin (pictured) performed fan favourites including ‘White Wine in the Sun’, as well as a ten-minute song dedicated to cheese and a cover of Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’
50TH ANNIVERSARY HIGHLIGHTS
December 27 – January 21: Amadeus with Michael Sheen
September 11 – October 14: The Visitors
August 9 – 12: La Gioconda in Concert
August 3: Mad Scenes with Jessica Pratt
June 13 – 15: Yuldea
March 15 – 26: Ascent
November 17: Wanha! Journey to Arnhem
November 18 – 19: Vance Joy
March 6: Angel Olsen
Dec 16 -18 2013: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Other highlights of the anniversary season include ARIA award-winning folk-pop singer Vance Joy, who is playing on the forecourt on Friday and Saturday night.
A free concert is also taking place in front of the sails, Wanha! Journey to Arnhem, performed by some of the Arnhem Land’s top talent, which is on Thursday night.
The Lovers, a pop-infused re-imagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is playing until November 20.
Running well into next year, the anniversary programming will also feature a seven-day festival from May 1 – 7, Inside/Out at the House, which will feature efficiencies London Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and also the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Each evening, a different performance will take place inside the Concert Hall or the Joan Sutherland Theatre, while also being broadcast live to the forecourt in a stunning open-air cinema setting, for just $10.
Calling the Opera House, which first opened its doors in 1973, a ‘gift’, its CEO Louise Herron said the building was a ‘source of pride to our community’.
‘Now, after 50 years of creativity and a decade of renewal, we’re throwing the doors open and inviting everyone to be part of a year-long festival celebrating the building, its history and all forms of contemporary culture,’ she added.
‘I hope people everywhere come to experience what’s on offer and reflect on the Opera House’s past, present and future.’
To browse all the occasions on offer, visit www.sydneyoperahouse.com/50.
Calling the Opera House, which first opened its doors in 1973, a ‘gift’, its CEO Louise Herron said the building was a ‘source of pride to our community’ (pictured on Remembrance Day this year)
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE FACTS
1) Sydney Opera House sits on Bennelong Point. Bennelong Point was named after Woollarawarre Bennelong, a senior Eora man at the time of the arrival of British colonisers in Australia in 1788.
2) The original cost estimate to build Sydney Opera House was $7 million. The final cost was $102 million and also it was largely paid for by a State Lottery.
3) 233 designs were submitted for the Opera House international design competition held in 1956. Jørn Utzon from Denmark was announced the winner, receiving ₤5000 for his design.
4) Construction was expected to take four years. It took 14 years. Work commenced in 1959 and also involved 10,000 construction workers.
5) Paul Robeson was the first person to perform at Sydney Opera House. In 1960, he climbed the scaffolding and also sang Ol’ Man River to the construction workers as they ate lunch.
6) Sydney Opera House was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2007
7) There are more than 1 million roof tiles covering approximately 1.62 hectares sitting over the structure. They were made in Sweden.
8) Seven A380s could sit wing-to-wing on the site.
9) Sydney Opera House was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 1973. She has since visited four times, most recently in 2006.
10) When the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is on stage in the Concert Hall, the temperature must be 22.5C to ensure the instruments stay in tune. Temperature and also humidity are critical to musical tools.