Sydney Opera House is a cultural center of international standing. Renowned as much for its iconic, innovative design by Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, as it is for the legendary shows it hosts. What’s more, this mecca of modernism is also a beacon for good as it serves the community as a philanthropic resource. Community programs from education, scholarships and training programs have been cultivated to elevate the arts and inspire the next generation of originators.

This World Heritage–listed building allows for visitors to tour the facility and have a first-hand view and access to off-limits parts of the house. On my recent travels to Sydney I had the privilege of touring this world wonder and was enlightened to learn about all the ways it provides people from throughout the world with a creative outlet and enclave for artists from all arenas of design.

One such area that I was delighted to have special access to was their costume archive where some of the most iconic garb from renowned shows are stored and shared as an important piece of the house’s history. Kristian Fredrikson's incredible designs for Graeme Murphy's legendary ballet, The Nutcracker, take the spotlight as they dazzle visitors with their delicate, intricate designs. It was a marvel to take a close look at the layers of embellishment and pitch-perfect details, which make these pieces and those who have worn them shine.

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