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POISONED CHALICE: PETER HALL AND THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Anne Watson

Oxford University Press, 2017
Softcover
230 pages

ISBN: 9780646967394

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This book draws on extensive, previously overlooked, primary sources - including Hall's own papers - and the recollections and archives of key participants to track the design evolution of the building's unresolved areas, focusing on the two main auditoria, the seating and the northern glass walls. It proposes that the changes introduced in the late 1960s were both justifiable and inevitable and that they have contributed substantially to the unprecedented success of the Opera House as an acclaimed performing arts centre. Ultimately, the book argues for a new narrative - a more inclusive, unbiased and balanced understanding of this magnificent building, unencumbered by the divisive undercurrents that have hitherto skewed most histories.

 

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