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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1995
While I yield to no one in my support for Disney Hall and all that it stands for, I was surprised to see Maxwell Starkman's letter (April 25), in which he refers to the success of the Sydney Opera House in accomplishing all its objectives. While it has always been a magnetic symbol for Australia, the smaller hall devoted to opera is inadequate in most respects. The seating capacity is too small, the stage is much too small and completely lacks wing space and the orchestra pit takes too few players.
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January 23, 2013 | By David Ng
Though it hardly needs it, the Sydney Opera House in Australia got a boost in exposure this week from two very different partners -- Etihad Airways of the United Arab Emirates, and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres. This week, DeGeneres told her Australian fans via Twitter to congregate at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday to compete for a free flight to Los Angeles to attend a taping of her show. Reports in the Australian media said approximately 250 people gathered at the famous building to participate in a dance-off competition.
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January 23, 2013 | By David Ng
Though it hardly needs it, the Sydney Opera House in Australia got a boost in exposure this week from two very different partners -- Etihad Airways of the United Arab Emirates, and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres. This week, DeGeneres told her Australian fans via Twitter to congregate at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday to compete for a free flight to Los Angeles to attend a taping of her show. Reports in the Australian media said approximately 250 people gathered at the famous building to participate in a dance-off competition.
WORLD
May 16, 2010 | By Jennifer Bennett, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jessica Watson may have sailed on her own for 210 days, but the last hour of her trip was anything but solo. As the 16-year-old Australian entered Sydney Harbor on Saturday after circumnavigating the world unassisted, an armada surrounded her 34-foot yacht: hundreds of racing yachts, tiny sea kayaks, dinghies, ferries, powerboats, water police vessels and one bright red tugboat that sprayed water over everyone. After she wobbled onto dry land at the Sydney Opera House, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told her she was "Australia's newest hero."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2008 | Christopher Hawthorne, Hawthorne is a Times staff writer.
Jorn Utzon, the Danish architect whose eye-catching, nautically inspired design for the Sydney Opera House overcame a series of controversies surrounding its budget and acoustics to become one of the most recognizable landmarks of the 20th century, helping to usher in the current era of buildings beloved for their daring and photogenic forms, has died. He was 90.
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November 21, 1993 | CATHERINE FOSTER, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
The Sydney Opera House. That soaring, white-winged palace of the arts, which has been likened to everything from nun's caps to sails to sections of an orange, is 20 years old. The gleaming shells, jutting out of sparkling-blue Sydney Harbour, are recognized around the world. More than 36 million people have visited since its opening.
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July 6, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Sydney Opera House management has announced that it will give patrons cough drops as they enter the theater during chilly July and August down under. Subscribers to the Sydney Opera have long complained about the noise of coughing and wheezing during performances.
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September 23, 2007 | Mary E. Forgione
Joan Steiner's worldview is rather tasteful. Onions form the domes of the Taj Mahal, ribbed pasta tubes hold up temple ruins at Delos, Greece, and -- whoa, are pistachio nut shells standing in for the Sydney Opera House? The author's fourth book for children in the Look-Alikes series, "Around the World," casts day-to-day items -- including but not limited to food -- as 40 iconic tourist sites with a wry (or is that rye?) sub- title: "The more you look, the more you see."
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July 4, 2008 | Chris Pasles
Opera star Joan Sutherland broke both legs in a fall in her garden in Les Avants, Switzerland, the newspaper the Australian reports. The paper said the Australia-born soprano, 81, fell three weeks ago and is likely to spend up to eight weeks in a hospital. Sutherland, once called "the voice of the century" by star tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who frequently appeared with her, made her last public performance, at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, when she was 64. Since her retirement, she has been living in her adopted home, Switzerland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1994
Re "Great Cities, Great Public Works," Commentary, Aug. 30: Richard Weinstein's column regarding the role of great architecture in defining great cities eloquently expressed the need for public support for monumental structures such as the proposed Disney Hall. Responsible citizens should gather behind this effort. One caveat, however. Not only was the cited example, Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House, over cost, its final price tag was almost 15 times the 1959 original projection of $5.6 million dollars (U.S.
WORLD
September 24, 2009 | Associated Press
Red outback grit shrouded Australia's largest city Wednesday, blotting out such landmarks as the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge during the country's worst dust storm in about 70 years. No one was hurt, but ambulance services reported a sharp increase in emergency calls from people with breathing difficulties, and police warned drivers to be careful. The dust clouds formed in Australia's interior -- parched by the worst drought on record -- when gale-force winds snatched up tons of topsoil and threw it high into the sky before carrying it hundreds of miles eastward.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2008 | Christopher Hawthorne, Hawthorne is a Times staff writer.
Jorn Utzon, the Danish architect whose eye-catching, nautically inspired design for the Sydney Opera House overcame a series of controversies surrounding its budget and acoustics to become one of the most recognizable landmarks of the 20th century, helping to usher in the current era of buildings beloved for their daring and photogenic forms, has died. He was 90.
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July 4, 2008 | Chris Pasles
Opera star Joan Sutherland broke both legs in a fall in her garden in Les Avants, Switzerland, the newspaper the Australian reports. The paper said the Australia-born soprano, 81, fell three weeks ago and is likely to spend up to eight weeks in a hospital. Sutherland, once called "the voice of the century" by star tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who frequently appeared with her, made her last public performance, at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, when she was 64. Since her retirement, she has been living in her adopted home, Switzerland.
TRAVEL
September 23, 2007 | Mary E. Forgione
Joan Steiner's worldview is rather tasteful. Onions form the domes of the Taj Mahal, ribbed pasta tubes hold up temple ruins at Delos, Greece, and -- whoa, are pistachio nut shells standing in for the Sydney Opera House? The author's fourth book for children in the Look-Alikes series, "Around the World," casts day-to-day items -- including but not limited to food -- as 40 iconic tourist sites with a wry (or is that rye?) sub- title: "The more you look, the more you see."
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November 7, 2004 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
The last time Danish architect Jorn Utzon set eyes on his most famous creation, the Sydney Opera House, it was 1966, and workers were affixing the last ceramic tiles to its giant white sails. Utzon, who conceived the building's striking design, was forced out of the project by officials who wanted Australian architects to finish the job. The new architects discarded his design for the interior, ripping out work that had already begun.
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April 7, 2003 | Nicolai Ouroussoff, Times Staff Writer
Jorn Utzon, the Danish-born Modernist best known for his design of the much-celebrated Sydney Opera House, has won the 2003 Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honor. Over a 40-plus year career, Utzon created a range of significant works whose bold abstract aesthetic was often tempered by a subtle understanding of more ancient precedents. The exquisite, undulating concrete roof of the Bagsvaerd Church near Copenhagen, for example, was inspired by Chinese pagodas.
WORLD
September 24, 2009 | Associated Press
Red outback grit shrouded Australia's largest city Wednesday, blotting out such landmarks as the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge during the country's worst dust storm in about 70 years. No one was hurt, but ambulance services reported a sharp increase in emergency calls from people with breathing difficulties, and police warned drivers to be careful. The dust clouds formed in Australia's interior -- parched by the worst drought on record -- when gale-force winds snatched up tons of topsoil and threw it high into the sky before carrying it hundreds of miles eastward.
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November 7, 2004 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
The last time Danish architect Jorn Utzon set eyes on his most famous creation, the Sydney Opera House, it was 1966, and workers were affixing the last ceramic tiles to its giant white sails. Utzon, who conceived the building's striking design, was forced out of the project by officials who wanted Australian architects to finish the job. The new architects discarded his design for the interior, ripping out work that had already begun.
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June 17, 1999 | ROBIN RAUZI
* The actor reprises his role as Basil Exposition in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." Mad About L.A.: I've lived here more than 20 years but I'm still finding out things, still settling in. What I love that's happened is the growth in cultural institutions here--the fact that we have great museums and more opening every year. And an opera company. Chamber music in historic homes. Great, significant buildings being built, such as Disney Hall.
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October 21, 1998 | DIANE HAITHMAN
TELEVISION Rugrats Learn Spanish: Kids cable channel Nickelodeon announced Tuesday that it will partner with Spanish-language television network Telemundo to broadcast some of Nickelodeon's top kids' programming in Spanish on Telemundo. The daily two-hour block, Nickelodeon's first Spanish-language venture, premieres Nov. 9 and will include "Rugrats," "Hey Arnold!," "Rocko's Modern Life," "Blue's Clues" and "AAAHH!!! Real Monsters."
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