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Sydney Opera House $200m upgrade

13 August 2016 by News Desk

Sydney Opera House will have its’ infamous poor acoustics improved during the renovations.

Sydney Opera HouseSydney Opera House will undergo comprehensive update to key points of visitor interaction, from buying a ticket to seeing a performance.

The upgrades aim to equip and prepare the Sydney Opera House for the 21st Century.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the NSW Government is supporting the historic project with $202 million from its Cultural Infrastructure Fund.

“From making a pedestrian walkway in the under-used space beneath the Monumental Steps to finally bringing the function centre inside the building envelope and eliminating the need for the large external marquee, the Opera House will change for the better,” Mr Grant said.

“The Sydney Opera House has played an important role in our nation’s history and embarking on these renewal projects will ensure that it continues to be relevant for generations to come.”

Sydney Opera House $200m upgrade

Sydney Opera House attracts over eight million visitors a year and generates around $775 million every year for the state of New South Wales.

But while it’s a favourite for visitors, the Sydney Opera House has earned a worldwide reputation for its poor acoustics.

The renovations that start in 2017 and due to be completed in 2020 will aim to improve the acoustics and accessibility.

Unused offices will be converted into a family-friendly Creative Learning Centre.

In a 2011 survey of performers, spectators and critics, Australian music magazine Limelight rated the Opera Theatre as having the worst acoustics among 20 major world venues.

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