Sydney Opera House 40th Anniversary

In boudist2, Documentary Photography
Heading towards the Sydney Opera House on a ferry full of Life Savers
Heading towards the Sydney Opera House on a ferry full of Life Savers

The Sydney Opera House turned 40 last week and i was fortunate to be commissioned to photograph some of the celebrations.

It started with an event named “Cake and Song” on the Opera House forecourt. My role began on a ferry from Rose Bay to the Opera House on board with 40 life savers and then ended photographing the formalities on the Opera House steps.

Cake and Song - SOH Turns 40
Life Savers arrive to join the birthday celebrations
Cake and Song - SOH Turns 40
HG Nelson, Jimmy Barnes, Matt Moran, members of the Utzon family and more sing happy birthday to the Sydney Opera House

Since the Opera House was designed by a Dane, Jørn Utzon, much of the celebrations had a Danish edge to them, most notably with Denmark’s Crown Prince Couple, Frederik and Mary in attendance.

Crown Prince Couple visit Sydney Opera House
Princess Mary meets school children outside the Sydney Opera House
Crown Prince Couple visit Sydney Opera House
Prince Frederik and Princess Mary on the Sydney Opera House steps
Crown Prince Couple at Danish Design at the House
Prince Frederik and Princess Mary attend the launch of ‘Danish Design at the House’
Danish Design at the House launch event
The Crown Prince Couple attend Danish Design at the House

The main 40th festivities wrapped up with a concert on the Sydney Opera House forecourt.

Sydney Opera House 40th Annivesary Concert
Crowds on the steps for the 40th Anniversary Concert
Sydney Opera House 40th Annivesary Concert
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra perform on the Opera House Forecourt
Sydney Opera House 40th Annivesary Concert
Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Sydney Opera House 40th Annivesary Concert

Fireworks over the Sydney Opera House
Fireworks over the Sydney Opera House

And while it wasn’t part of the Opera House’s official 40th celebrations, the morning after the forecourt concert, Katy Perry performed outside for Sunrise.

Katy Perry performs outside the Sydney Opera House for Sunrise

Katy Perry performs outside the Sydney Opera House for Sunrise

Katy Perry performs outside the Sydney Opera House for Sunrise

Katy Perry performs outside the Sydney Opera House for Sunrise

Katy Perry performs outside the Sydney Opera House for Sunrise

2 Comments

  1. These are some stunning photos of the event and just the Sydney Harbour/Opera House in General. I would have loved to see Katy Perry up that close she looks so pretty! Princess Mary looks great also

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