Concert Hall / Sydney Opera House

Country / City: Australia / Sydney
Completion: 2022 & 1972
Seats: 2,664
Equipment delivered: Renovation of upper and lower stage machinery, acoustic banners, C⋅A⋅T control system

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Anyone who thinks of Australia inevitably thinks of Sydney Opera House, which was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. With more than 10.9 million visitors every year, it is one of the most visited centres for performing arts, and Australia’s premier tourist attraction. Austrian company Waagner-Biro delivered the original stage machinery for the Opera House’s venues ahead of its opening in 1973. Winning this prestigious tender in the 1960s contributed to the international breakthrough of Waagner-Biro in the field of stage technology.

In 2015, Waagner-Biro Stage Systems was appointed to modernize theatre machinery in the Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre. This was successfully completed by the end of 2017.

The next project in the Opera House’s Renewal program was upgrading the world-famous Concert Hall.

Waagner-Biro Stage Systems has been awarded a second time to renewal the complete stage machinery consisting of the entire upper and lower stage machinery as well as acoustic machinery.

Waagner-Biro Stage Systems was responsible for the modernization of the entire upper and lower stage machinery, as well as for the installation of the acoustic machinery, which allows the Concert Hall to be used for both classical and modern concerts. One of the biggest challenges was to integrate machine hoists, with a much higher payload than before into the architecture of the building.

At a Glance:

  • 78 winches, 6 bobines, 14 chain hoists
  • Stage Risers (28 platforms + automated stairs, stage floor, removable steps)
  • 4 Seating Wagons (with seat tilting mechanism)
  • 22 Automated reflectors in the side walls
  • 18 upper stage reflectors (shapeshift, winch driven)
  • 28 side wall (rising) acoustic banners
  • C⋅A⋅T -Control System