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A Night at the Opera

Posted from Sydney, New South Wales at 2:21 pm, June 9th, 2024

During our hour-long tour of the opera house today there was a rehearsal in the main hall with an orchestra and a 1000-person choir made up of singers from across Australia. Our karma continues to be excellent on this trip, and after sitting quietly and listening to the music for ten minutes I no longer felt like we had missed out on seeing a performance at this amazing venue.

We started the day roaming the narrow streets of the Rocks district over by the harbour bridge and browsing all of the stalls of their Sunday market, then made our way back to the opera house for an afternoon tour. The tour was only an hour, but they packed in a lot, and getting to hear even a short rehearsal from such a huge choir in that iconic building was an experience to remember. The opera house really is an architectural marvel, and like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona or the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it’s a place that I won’t soon forget. We finished the day with drinks and dinner on the harbour, watching all of the lights of the Vivid Sydney festival brighten the surroundings after sunset.

Tomorrow we’ll likely jump on a ferry to enjoy the harbour views, then spend the day doing some hiking at Manly Beach to close out the trip. From Christchurch to Tasmania to Sydney, and a million places in between, it’s been a great experience finally getting to see this part of the world, and hopefully we’ll be back again someday to see even more of it.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge. As Audrey always reminds me, be sure to include the clouds in the photo.

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House at sunset. We planted ourselves at a bar across the harbour and spent two hours watching the light change.

2 responses to “A Night at the Opera”

  1. 1000-person choir!!!
    oh my goodness…what an amazing trip…all of it, so amazing.
    Makes me what to quit everything and get back to traveling. So inspiring~ thanks!

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