You May Soon Be Able to Spend the Night in the Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House recently submitted a proposal to allow visitors to spend the night inside the iconic building.
If the lodging application is approved, guests would be allowed to stay two nights inside of the Opera House, according to ABC News in Australia.
Six rooms—the Board Room, Utzon Room, Joan Sutherland Theatre Northern Foyers, Joan Sutherland Theatre Southern Foyer, Concert Hall Northern Foyers, and Concert Hall South Foyers—would be temporarily converted into overnight accommodations a few times each year.
The proposal includes two options: housing 100 guests for two nights once a year, and allowing smaller groups of five two nights’ accommodations up to five times per year.
It would not include any permanent changes to the site. For each event, the Opera House would set up mattresses, bedding, bedside tables, lighting, sofas, and lounges. Guests would come in the evening for cocktails and dinner, then see a show at the opera, sleep overnight in their rooms, wake up for breakfast the next morning, and have the opportunity to perform on the stage themselves before leaving.
The Opera House said in a statement that “it wants to provide a unique opportunity for the community to experience the iconic Sydney Opera House in new and innovative ways.”
Locals have until October 24 to voice their concerns or support for the plan.
In June, the Opera House hosted an overnight event for 158 guests. They experienced an eight-hour musical performance entitled “Sleep.”