SYNOPSIS: The she sits...ready to sail...that's the way Sydney's new opera house has been described.?
SYNOPSIS: The she sits...ready to sail...that's the way Sydney's new opera house has been described. Comprising a series of interlocking vaulted shells, it was inspired by the yachts in Sydney's magnificent harbour. Already costing more than fifty million dollars, and expected to cost another fifty million before finished, the Opera House is fast becoming a symbol for visitors to Sydney; somewhat like the Statue of Liberty in New York harbour. France gave the Statue of liberty to the U.S. as a goodwill gesture, but the Sydney Opera House is being paid by the Australians themselves...but no none misses the money. For it comes out of gambling receipts run by the state government of new South Wales. Australians have a reputation for being big gamblers. They bet on horses, and one-armed bandits...One of the biggest gambles has been the financing of the opera house.
There is even a special lottery for the Opera House which goes into a separate Opera House account. Six to seven million dollars a year, all from the lottery receipts, go into this kitty. This is they way the lottery works: The numbers on the tickets -- some one hundred thousand in this drawing -- correspond to one hundred thousand numbered marbles in the big barrel. The barrel is whirled about to make sure the marbles are thoroughly mixed up...then some are scooped out...and the auditor announces the winning numbers. The people love it because they can win as much as two-hundred thousand dollars. The state government likes it because the money for the Opera House doesn't come out of its budget. The official opening is scheduled for October, nineteen seventy-three.
Performing arts will be enhanced in this new Opera House. It is exciting to think of all the events to come: famous operas, concerts, ballets...as well as major conventions. People from all over the world will enjoy Sydney's one hundred million dollar Opera House. A gamble pays off for the people of Australia and art patrons everywhere.