Management of the Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House Trust operates and maintains the Opera House on behalf of the NSW Government. Under the Sydney Opera Trust Act, 1961 the Trust is charged with the administration of the site and the management of the Opera House as a venue.

Search the catalogue for records of the management of the Opera House.

Examples of records of the management of Sydney Opera House

  • Opera House Committee / Sydney Opera House Trust; NRS-19524, Unregistered files [Sydney Opera House], 1955-1967
  • Sydney Opera House Trust; NRS-17736, Registered files, 1956-2019
  • Sydney Opera House Trust; NRS-17738, Trust Committee agendas and minutes [Sydney Opera House Trust], 1961-1995
  • Sydney Opera House Trust; NRS-17742, Chairman’s correspondence files, 1975-1989

Guide to the records

Sydney Opera House

Highlighting Sydney Opera House records in the State Archives Collection

Sydney Opera House drawings

An International Competition for the design of a National Opera House at Bennelong Point was held in 1956. We hold the original drawings submitted by Jørn Utzon and other competition records

Photo of Jørn Utzon in 1959

Utzon v the Minister

After the election of a new Liberal government in 1965, control over payments for the Opera House project was transferred from the Opera House Committee to the Minster of Public Works

The Sydney Opera House Books

Significant publications and reports on the Sydney Opera House project, including the rules for the design competition, plans, drawings and photographs at various stages of the construction

Fireworks above the Opera House on the night of the official opening, before the commencement of the opening concert. October 20th 1973.

Opening of the Sydney Opera House

The Opera House was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 20 October 1973. This was followed by a two-week festival of events