Forty years after the Sydney Opera House was officially opened with Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ the event will be recreated – this time in the open air of the forecourt.

The Sydney Symphony will perform the 40th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, 27 October, as part of a month of scheduled celebrations.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony will be played in front of around 4000 people, plus the event’s patrons, Denmark’s Prince Frederik and Princess Mary, and relatives of the building’s architect Jørn Utzon.

Sydney Opera House CEO, Louise Herron AM, said: “I am thrilled that the 40th Anniversary Concert will celebrate our resident companies and bring the Opera House’s rich artistic heritage, of which they have been such an important part, to life for the people of Sydney and Australia for one night.”

Other performers taking part in the concert include Opera Australia soloists Tania Ferris, Bradley Daley and Michael Honeyman, and the voices of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

The original 1973 event was held in the Concert Hall, the largest of the Opera House’s performances spaces.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday (8 August) for between $39 and $49.

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