Sydney Opera House Turns 40

Its hard to believe that in 1966 the Opera House was embroiled in scandal.


As well as being over budget, the criticism of the structure was so harsh, architect Jorn Utzon submitted his resignation as designer of the Opera House - yet it went on to become a world heritage site in 2007.


Utzon never returned to see his masterpiece, dying at 90 years of age, but yesterday his mother and son attended its anniversary. 


Some of the world's biggest stars have graced its many stages, among them Joan Sutherland, Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Luciano Pavarotti and Sammy Davis Jr.


The Sydney Opera House is a world-wide icon and has now been a part of Australia for 40 years.



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