27 September 2023

Online Opera House tours strike a note

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The Sydney Opera House is bringing its popular backstage tour to homes around the world with the release of its first ever online guided tour, available to experience for free.

General Manager of Tours at Sydney Opera House, Nicola Brandon said she was excited to welcome online audiences to discover the intricate and often surprising backstage world of the Opera House.

“Taking a tour of this iconic building in person is a truly memorable experience,” Ms Brandon said.

“But while that’s not possible, we wanted to give people around the world the opportunity to see how the magic of performance is brought to life,” she said.

Ms Brandon said that in the free 10-minute virtual experience, a charismatic tour guide takes online audiences on a private tour of the Opera House’s backstage spaces.

“From the cavernous scenery dock, where up to 20 tonnes of sets and props are loaded onto an industrial theatre lift, to the fly tower where up to 80 bars of complex scenery, lights and even performers are suspended over the stage,” she said.

“There’s even a peek inside the dressing rooms where renowned prima ballerinas, lead sopranos and stars from the world of contemporary music get ready before the show.”

She said the Digital Backstage Tour was part of the Opera House’s digital offering, From Our House to Yours, a new program to connect with, inspire, educate and entertain local and global communities while the venue was temporarily closed to the public.

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