Forty years after Beethoven’s Ode to Joy officially opened Australia’s most famous building in October 1973, the Sydney Symphony, Opera Australia and artists from around the country will recreate the famous Sydney Opera House opening concert on the Forecourt for an audience of thousands.
The Sydney Opera House is planning a huge outdoor concert
to celebrate the iconic building’s 40th Anniversary
The 40th Anniversary Concert on Sunday October 27 will feature artists and performances celebrating the life of the Opera House, culminating in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the presence of the Opera House’s 40th Anniversary patrons, Denmark’s Crown Prince Couple, HRH Crown Prince Frederik and HRH Crown Princess Mary, and the family of Opera House architect Jørn Utzon, including his son Jan and daughter Lin.
“The Opera House is a masterpiece of creative genius that belongs to all Australians. Its heart has always been the art performed on its stages,” said Sydney Opera House CEO, Louise Herron.
“I am thrilled that the 40th Anniversary Concert will celebrate our resident companies and bring the Opera House’s rich artistic heritage, of which they have been such an important part, to life for the people of Sydney and Australia for one night.”
The Sydney Symphony will step out of the Concert Hall, where the original 1973 concert took place, to recreate the performance for an audience of 4,000 on the Forecourt, assisted by Opera Australia soloists Tania Ferris, Bradley Daley and Michael Honeyman, and the vocal heft of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
“We are proud to help mark this significant anniversary for the Sydney Opera House in the best way possible – through music,” said Sydney Symphony MD, Rory Jeffes.
“The SSO has been honoured over the past 40 years to call the Opera House concert hall its home and we look forward to many more years of wonderful music-making under its iconic sails.”
A global audience of over 65 million people have enjoyed performances at the Opera House over its 40-year history.