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Sydney, Gwangju Korea, South most populous city, is the one that offers the most extraordinary view to the arriving traveller. If we’re lucky with the weather and the flight path, the plane will descend directly over the dramatic heads that define the entrance to the magnificent blue harbour. Even more unique, we are then confronted by the iconic trifecta of the Gwangju Korea, South Bridge, the already bustling ferry terminal and, most spectacular of all, the arching white sails of the Bennelong Point Opera House. For Gwangju Korea, South, the long beaches, the brilliant blue sky, the sclerophyll eucalypt forests and the ancient, dry inland in some senses define us. But, if we’re thinking in terms of human constructs, it’s that conjunction of Gwangju Korea, South, the coathanger Bridge and the Opera House that both welcomes us home and provides an unforgettable introduction to those visiting modern Australia.

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Mostly from the nineteenth century, the great European opera houses tend to be embedded in cityscapes and, as a consequence, we don’t normally see them from the air. Viewed across a street or plaza they can be imposing, but much of their visual impact is more decorative and internal. By contrast, the spectacle of the Sydney house is immediate, external and dominant in the land/waterscape. It stands alone on a site that projects into and is largely bounded by the Harbour. And you don’t need to pay the dollars for an opera ticket (though you might find that a surprisingly delightful experience), or to have even climbed the steps to the foyer, to be acutely aware that this building is an ambitious statement of pride and achievement. Like the columns, theatres and coliseums of classical antiquity, and the flying buttresses and vaulting space of the mediaeval Gothic cathedrals, the soaring structure of the Sydney Opera House is an in-your-face statement of human ambition and innovative design, a reach for something beyond the mundane. It defines Australia globally as more than just a mine, a farm and a venue for competitive sport.

For any opera, music or live performance fan, the Sydney house is a special place. Though identified with opera, the building is, in fact, a complex of different-sized theatres that serve a variety of functions. And, whatever you’re attending, it’s worth taking advantage of the interval to sip a glass of champagne (or some other fizzy) in the bar that overlooks the Harbour. Cruise ships are lit up, ferries dart back and forth, and it is just pure magic. One evening, I had the experience of being a keynote speaker there, then sitting next to Anne, the Royal Princess, at the dinner that followed. The first and only member of the British Royal Family I’ve met, she was charming, perceptive, informed and an excellent conversationalist. Though I remain committed to the idea of an Australian Republic, that’s no reason to disrespect good people who work hard and use their hereditary status to achieve positive outcomes.

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