The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, is one of the most distinctive and famous 20th-century buildings, and one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world.
Situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, with parkland to its south and close to the enormous Sydney Harbour Bridge, the building and its surroundings form an iconic Australian image.
The Sydney Opera House is a masterpiece of late modern architecture by Jørn Utzon that pushed architecture and engineering to new limits, and which has had an enduring influence on late 20th century architecture and beyond. The design represents an extraordinary interpretation and response to the setting in Sydney Harbour.
Today, the Sydney Opera House is one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world, each year staging up to 2,500 performances and events, drawing around 1.5 million patrons, and attracting an estimated four million visitors.
The Sydney Opera House was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 2007.