Sydney Opera House To Be Renovated

Australia’s world-renowned Opera House is to undergo its first major renovation since being opened in 1973 to help tackle sound problems that have haunted the building for years. The decades-old equipment that power performances beneath its iconic white sails are ageing and will be updated to improve the experience for artists and audiences. Backstage engines, rigging and hoists that have supported the lighting and props for hundreds of ballet and opera productions will be replaced. A “state-of-the-art acoustic enhancement system” will also be installed to address the building’s notoriously poor sound quality. The work in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, to begin on May 20, kicks off a $201 million project at the heritage-listed landmark.

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