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Opening the Sydney Opera House in 1973

25 September, 2023

50 years ago the Sydney Symphony gave the Opening Gala Concert of the Sydney Opera House. Take a trip back in time browse through the memorabilia from our archives.

As you browse, you can listen to the recording from this very concert.

Flick through the program book from our first-ever concert at the Sydney Opera House. Conductor Charles Mackerras led the Orchestra in an all-Wagner program that also featured legendary Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson on Saturday 29 September 1973.

The official opening of the Sydney Opera House happened on Saturday 20 October 1973 and was attended by Queen Elizabeth II. Read through the program book from this performance.