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SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TOUR

Date: 16th January 2014

My son declared that I couldn't possibly visit Sydney and not do the Opera House Tour. I have to say that it was never a pressing need as I don't particularly like the building (Sacrilege!) However, as we'd booked to see La Boheme, an Opera House tour immediately before hand seemed like a reasonable idea.

This was to have been our 'farewell' treat but sadly he was in bed ill. However his girlfriend, Karen, stepped into the breach and we went together. We had a delightful, enthusiastic and interesting guide called Lee. She was so good at her presentation that I asked if she were an actress but it transpired she is a teacher and this is her holiday job. The tour itself was much more interesting than I'd anticipated. Of course, having been in theatre and television all my life, the 'backstage' insights were nothing new. What was interesting and gave me a new perspective on the building was the thinking behind the original construction designed by Jorn Utzon. The design and building was surrounded by controversy and when the long overdue project became the target of a new Government and financial cutbacks. Utzon resigned.

I am not qualified to write about the architecture but if you are interested it would be worth an Internet search. There is a delightful Utzon Room which houses an enormous tapestry depicting musical notes from a work by Bach. Initially I thought it a rather brash work of modern art but when told it was a tapestry and what it depicted, I realised how clever it is. Lee told us that the tapestry threads unravelled would cover the distance from Sydney to Perth - just over 4000 kilometers. When I get back to the UK I will post some photos for you.

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