Sydney’s unﬁnished overture
Billy Adams for The Sunday Herald reports on the inside story of Sydney Opera House, destined for an overdue transformation by a creator so obsessed by the building he plans to haunt it after his death.
Routinely lauded as the eighth wonder of the world, Sydney Opera House’s magnificent sails continue to hide one cringing embarrassment: its interior.
What lies beneath the glorious shell-shaped masterpiece has long been decried as cheap and tacky, described by one critic as having “all the charm of a provincial bingo hall”.
But now – just short of the iconic building’s 30th birthday – the first tangible signs of redemption have emerged.
Plans were unveiled last week for the initial phase of a multi-million dollar project aimed at transforming the old house to how it was supposed to have looked in the first place. More poignantly, it marked the righting of a great wrong and a comeback story to beat them all. click for more