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Sydney Opera House: an annotated list of sources & services


Monographs, serials, theses  

Andersen, Michael Asgaard. Jørn Utzon: Drawing and Buildings. NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2013

Arup, Ove and Zunz, Jack. Sydney Opera House: a paper on its design and construction. Sydney Opera House Reprint Series no 1. Sydney: Sydney Opera House Trust, 1988..

Baume, Michael.  The Sydney Opera House affair.  Melbourne: Nelson, 1967.  A history of the Opera House beginnings and construction years.  

Building a masterpiece: the Sydney Opera House. 2nd edition / edited by Anne Watson. foreword by Jørn Utzon. Chapters by Richard Weston, Anne Watson, Robert Geddes, Philip Drew, David Taffs, John Nutt, Sarah Gregson, Philip Nobis, Bronwyn Hanna and Patricia Hale. Haymarket, NSW: Powerhouse Publishing, 2013. 

Chui, Chen-Yi. Utzon's China: the reinterpretation of traditional Chinese art and architecture in the work of Jørn Utzon (1918-2008. PhD thesis. Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, 2011. 

Clendinnen, Inga. Dancing with strangers. Melbourne: Text, 2003. Concerned with the relationship between the British and indigenous people during the colony's first five years, including the relationship between Governor Arthur Phillip and Bennelong.

Compagnoni, Peter. Rethinking the glass walls of Sydney Opera House / Peter Compagnoni and Clive Buhrich. Epping, NSW: Peter Compagnoni, 2006. viii, 62p, ill., plans Includes bibliographical references.

Curtis, Robert Emerson. A vision takes form: a graphic record of the building of the Sydney Opera House during stage one and two. Sydney: Reed, 1967. RE Curtis was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House Trust to document the evolving building. The original paintings and drawings are held by the Sydney Opera House Trust.

De Haan, Hilde & Haagsma, Ids. Architects in competition. London: Thames and Hudson, 1988. Includes illustrations of Sydney Opera House competition drawings by Jørn Utzon and other competitors.

Dellora, Daryl. Utzon and the Sydney Opera House. Melbourne: Penguin Books, 2013

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. How do you value and icon? The Sydney Opera House: economic, cultural and digital value. Sydney: Deloitte, 2013

Drew, Philip. The Masterpiece: Jorn Utzon – a secret life. South Yarra: Hardie Grant, 1999. .

Drew, Philip. Jorn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House: as it happened 1918-2000. Sydney: Inspire Press, 2000. Chronology of the principal architect and building, with information on costs, other personnel, changes to the building and events. See further details and author's book launch speech.

Drew, Phillip. Sydney Opera House. London: Phaidon, 1995. Architecture in detail series.

Duek-Cohen, Elias. Utzon and the Sydney Opera House: a statement in the public interest. Sydney, 1967.  

The feasibility of an economic impact study of the Sydney Opera House. North Ryde: Macquarie University Management Studies Centre, 1982. Student Project

Filmer, Andrew R. Inside and out: The Sydney Opera House. Chapter 7 of Backstage Space: The place of the performer. Thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Performance Studies, University of Sydney, 2006.

Floyd, Carol. The Sydney Opera House / by Carol Floyd and Julia Collingwood. Sydney: New Holland Publishers, 2000.

Fromonot, Francoise. Jorn Utzon: the Sydney Opera House / translated from the French by Christopher Thompson.  Corte Madera, CA: Electra/Gingko, 1998.

Georgiades, Theodore Peter. Utzon’s Unseen Work: A search to discover the design intentions of Jørn Utzon for the interior auditoria of The Sydney Opera House.  A B. Arch. Dissertation submitted to the School of Architecture, University of Technology, Sydney, July 1993.

Giedion, Sigfried. Jørn Utzon and the third generation: three works by Jorn Utzon: Sydney Opera House, Silkeborg Museum, Zurich Theatre. NY: Wittwernborn, [197-?}. Reprinted from Zodiac no 14. Also published as chapter in Space, Time and Architecture (Harvard University Press, 1967.

Goossens, Renée. Belonging: a memoir. Sydney: ABC Books, 2003 

Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales. The studio of Jørn Utzon: creation of the Sydney Opera House House. Guide written by guest curator John Murphy in association with the exhibition held at the Museum of Sydney 18 December 2004 to 1 May 2005. Exhibition initiated by the City of Sydney in Association with the Sydney Opera House. Sydney: Historic Houses Trust 2004.

Hubble. Ava. More than an Opera House.  Sydney: Lansdowne, 1983. Published to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the House.

Hubble, Ava. The Sydney Opera House: more than meets the eye. Abridged version of More than an opera house. Produced by the Sydney Opera House Trust. Sydney: Lansdowne, 1983.

Hubble, Ava.  The strange case of Eugene Goossens and other tales from the Opera House. Melbourne: Collins, 1988.

Indyk, Shelley and Rice, Susan. The Sydney Opera House as envisaged by Joern Utzon, Nov 1961.University of Sydney thesis, 1981.

John, Alan. The eight wonder: text, score and CD of opera composed by Alan John and libretto by Dennis Watkins, with research and questions by Penny Chapple. The Australian Opera  series. Available from Australian Music Centre

Jones, Peter. Ove Arup: Masterbuilder of the Twentieth Century. New haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

Jordan, Vilhelm Lassen. Acoustical design of concert halls and theatres. London: Applied Science Publishers, 1980.

Jørn Utzon : the architect's universe / edited by Michael Juul Holm, Kjeld Kjeldsen and Mette Marcus. Also titled: Architect's universe. Humlebaek, Denmark : Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2008. Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, 2 April 2004 - 29 August 2004. Contents include: Architecture as human wellbeing / Jörn Utzon in conversation with Poul Erik Tøjner; Utzon's own house, Hellebæk; Between artifice and nature / Kenneth Frampton; The Kingo houses; A different city - the unrealized Copenhagen projects / Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup; Platforms and plateaux in Utzon's architecture / Richard Weston; Sydney Opera House; The modernization of the Sydney Opera House / Joseph Skrzynski; Utzon and the curved form world / Philip Nobis; The Fredensborg houses; Inhabited landscapes / Michael Asgaard Andersen; Bank Melli; Utzon and the Orient / Hans Munk Hansen.

Kerr, James Semple. Sydney Opera House: an interim plan for the conservation of the Sydney opera House and its site. Commissioned by the NSW Public Works Department for the Sydney Opera House Trust. Sydney; SOHT, 1993.

Kerr, James Semple, Sydney Opera House: a plan for the conservation of the Sydney Opera House and its site. 3rd edition. Commissioned by the Sydney Opera House. Sydney: SOHT, 2003. 

Lawson, Sylvia. The outside story: a novel. South Yarra, Vic: Hardie Grant, 2003. "A powerful and witty intellectual mystery that tracks the ambitions, politics and passion of a city. It is also a consummate meditation on a city's and a country's becoming". 

Messent. David. Act One. Balgowlah. NSW: David Messent Photography, 1997. Bibliography, Illustrated. Includes extensive quotes from source material.  

Mikami, Yuzo. Utzon's sphere: Sydney Opera House - how it was designed and built.  Photographs by Osamu Murai. Tokyo, Shokokusha, 2001.See also review of book by Paul Bentley.

Moller, Henrik Sten. Jørn Utzon Houses / by Henirk Sten Moller, Vibe Udsen & Per Nagel (Photographer). Living Architecture, 2006.

Moy, Michael. Sydney Opera House: idea to icon. Ashgrove. Qld: Alpha Orion Press, 2012.

Murray, Peter. The saga of the Sydney Opera House: the dramatic storyof the design and construction of the icon of modern Australia. London: Spon Press, 2004.

New South Wales Public Works Department. Sydney Opera House: anatomy of Stage Three construction and completion: a general index.  Sydney: Public Works Department, 1973. [The Green Book]

Nobis, Philip. Utzon’s interiors for the Sydney Opera House.: the design development of the major and minor hall 1958-1966.  A dissertation for the University of Technology, Sydney, 1994. Served as primary source for the exhibition Unseen Utzon, 1995. For further information:

Olsen, John.  Salute to Five bells: John Olsen's Opera House journal. Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1973.  Records the creation of the mural in the northern foyer of the Concert Hall.

Prip-Buus, Mogens. Letters from Sydney: an unabridged version: the Sydney Opera House saga seen through the eyes of Utzon's chief assistant. English translation by W. Glyn Jones. Hellerup: Edition Blondel, 2000..

Report of the proceedings of a conference convened by the Premier  and held in the Lecture Room, Public Library, Sydney, on 30th November 1954, concerning the question of the establishment of an Opera House in Sydney.

Royal Society of New South Wales.  Journal and proceedings, vol 106, parts 1 & 2, 1973.  Sydney: The Society, 1973.  Technical articles on aspects of stages 2 and 3. Also includes and article m the Opera House grand organ.

Smith, Michael Pomeroy. Sydney Opera House: how it was built and why it is so. Sydney: Collins, 1984. A technical explanation f or the layman.

Smith, Vincent.  The Sydney Opera House.  Sydney: Hamlyn, 1974.

Sowden, Harry.  Sydney Opera House glass walls / edited and photographed by Harry Sowden.  Sydney: John Sands, pr.,1972. Photographic record of the design and construction of the Opera House glass walls.

Stübe, Katarina. A tribute to Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House / Katarina Stübe ; Jan Utzon. Also titled Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House. [Potts Point, N.S.W.] : Revealbooks, 2009. A photographic essay involving a collaboration between photographer Katarina Stübe and Jan Utzon, son of Jorn Utzon.

Sydney builds an opera house / edited by Oswald Zeigler. Sydney: Zeigler, 1973..

Sydney has an opera house /edited by Oswald Zeigler. Sydney: Zeigler, [1974]

Sydney Opera House in its harbour setting: nomination of Sydney Opera House in its harbour setting for inscription on the World heritage List by the Government of Australia 1994 / jointly prepared by the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Sports and Territories and the NSW Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. [Glebe, NW]: Historic Houses Trust of NSW for the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Sports and Territories and the NSW Department of Urban Affairs, 1996. 

Sydney Opera House Appeal Organising Committee. The Sydney Opera House: a challenge and an opportunity. Also titled A time for action. [Sydney?]: NSW Government, [1959?]

Sydney Opera House Trust. Annual reports, 1961+.

Sydney Opera House Trust. [Diaries].  Sydney: Sydney opera House Trust, 1973-

Sydney Opera House Trust. More than an opera house /written by Ava Hubble. Sydney: Sydney Opera House Trust, 1975..

Sydney Opera House Trust. Official Souvenir / Devised by David Brown; written and edited by Ava Hubble. Sydney: Sydney Opera House Trust, 1973.  

Sydney Opera House Trust. Sydney Opera House. [Booklet produced by the Publicity Department]. Sydney: Sydney Opera House Trust, [1984?]

Sydney Opera House Trust. Sydney Opera House - facilities. [Booklet], Sydney: Sydney Opera House Trust, [1972?]

Sydney Opera House Trust. Sydney Opera House Utzon design principles. Sydney: Sydney Opera House Trust, 2002.

Sydney Opera House Trust. Venue improvement plan. Sydney: Sydney Opera House Trust, 2002

Sykes, Jill. Sydney Opera House from the outside in. Sydney: Sydney Opera House Trust in association with Playbill, 1994.  

Taylor, Harold. The Sydney Opera House as a cultural centre in the community, Potts Point, NSW: The Sydney Opera House Society, 1973.

The Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th century / Elizabeth Baker ...[]; edited by Paul Marsden & Timothy Whiteman. Wadhurst, East Sussex: KHL International Ltd., Chapter on Sydney Opera House: pp 165-189

A tribute to Jørn Utzon / edited by Martin Keiding. Copenhagen: Danish Architectural Press, 2008. With contributions by Tadao Ando, Glenn Murcutt, Richard Leplastrier and others. Timed to celebrate Jørn Utzon's 90th birthday.

Utzon, Jan. Three generations. Denmark: Anders Nyborg, Rungsted Kyst, 1988  

Watson, Anne. The poisoned chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House.  Sydney: opusSOH Inc, 2017.

Webber, Peter. Peter Hall architect: the phantom of the Opera House. Boorawa, NSW: Watermark Press, 2012

Weston, Richard. Utzon: Inspiration, Vision, Architecture. Hellerup is: Edition Bløndal, 2002. 

Woolley, Ken. Reviewing the performance: the design of the Sydney Opera House. Boorawa, NSW: Watermark Press, 2010..  

Yeomans, John. The other Taj Mahal. Camberwell: Longman, 1973.  Traces the history, the political dramas and technical aspects of the Opera House story up to 1973.

Zodiac no 14.  Also published as a chapter in Sigfried Giedion's Space, Time and Architecture (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967).




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