The Wonders and Blunders of Sydney's Opera on the Water

Photograph by Andrew Quilty/Bloomberg Businessweek

People often say the only downside to catching a show at the Sydney Opera House is that sitting inside means you’re missing the best part. Although a controversial survey published last year found that its acoustics were actually the worst of Australia’s top 20 venues, the sight of architect Jorn Utzon’s playfully stacked seashells jutting out over Sydney Harbor still elicits regular gasps from jaded travelers and lifelong residents alike.

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