"Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music," according to German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He wasn't referring to the Sydney Opera House, of course, but if he had been born in 1949 instead of 1749, he could well have been. The sculptural tour de force that has become not only a symbol of the emerald city itself, but of Australia as a whole, turns 40 today. On October 20, 1973, Queen Elizabeth II declared the opera house open, before taking a seat for a performance of Beethoven's 9th symphony, played by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
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