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Australia's music wasn't live either

August 30, 2008|From the Associated Press

China isn't the only country to fake a musical performance during an Olympic opening ceremony. Turns out Australia knows a thing about miming music too.

Eight years after Sydney hosted the 2000 Summer Olympics, officials with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra acknowledged that their stirring performance at the opening ceremony had been prerecorded. The revelation followed an international uproar over China's decision to pass off the voice of a 7-year-old singer as that of another girl at this year's Olympic opening ceremony.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra managing director Trevor Green confirmed Friday that the 2000 opening ceremony performance had been prerecorded by both the Sydney and Melbourne orchestras, saying that steps must be taken to ensure mistakes aren't made live during high-profile events.

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