Sydney Opera House: first opera performance

Title:
Sydney Opera House: first opera performance
NFSA ID:
617864
Year:
1973
Courtesy:
Network Ten
Category:
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This silent three-minute compilation of Eyewitness News footage shows dignitaries arriving at the first public performance held at the Sydney Opera House on 28 September 1973.

The production was Prokofiev's War and Peace, performed by the Australian Opera in the Opera Theatre.

Also in this footage you can see Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh meeting with performers. They are also introduced to children dressed in koala, kangaroo and monkey costumes.

Other dignitaries include Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and Imelda Marcos (the first lady of the Philippines at the time).

You can listen to an excerpt of the first performance in the Concert Hall on 29 September 1973 featuring Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson and conductor Charles Mackerras in this excerpt from the NFSA's Sounds of Australia.