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One of the most iconic buildings in the world celebrates its 40th birthday - take a look at its complete history in pictures, from its construction to today.
Work began on the Sydney Opera House back in the 50s, when Danish architect Jorn Utzon won first prize in the competition to design the building. He was instrumental in the iconic design of the building, and had a long relationship with it until his death.
December 1963 saw the construction begin to take shape, with those familiar arches and shapes becoming a permanent fixture on the Sydney skyline.
Ten years after construction began on the Sydney Opera House, the work reaches its final stages in June 1969.
The honour of the first public performance in the Sydney Opera House fell to the Australian Opera and Prokofiev, with a rapturously received rendition of his epic War and Peace on September 23rd 1973.
Dame Edna Everage models a hat at Ascot, based on the inimitable design of the Sydney Opera House, showing just how much of a fixture of popular culture it became early on.
When the Millennium celebrations kicked off in Australia, there was nowhere better than Sydney Harbour to view the fireworks, with the Opera House is bathed in light.
Antoine Wagner Pasquier, Nick Byrne and Emma Sholl share a laugh before a performance of Wagner's Gotterdammerung by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House in September 2000.
February 2002 saw Italian opera director Gianluigi Gelmetti appointed the new Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, resident at the Sydney Opera House.
Jon Lord was a special guest at the Sydney Opera House when the Sydney Symphonic Orchestra performed his 'Concerto for Group and Orchestra'.
On 18th March 2003, two anti-war protestors were arrested after they scaled the opera house and painted a slogan in red paint which remained clearly visible as Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced the country's decision to commit to a US-led invasion of Iraq.
The 2003 production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip take in the magnificent view of the iconic Sydney Opera House in 2006.
Bass-baritone Daniel Sumegi and Baritone Michael Lewis perform Guiseppe Verdi's Nabucco at the Sydney Opera House.
Pope Benedict XVI visits Australia in 2008, and of course pops past the Opera House.
Miriam Gordon-Stewart, Welsh tenor Rhys Meirion, Jud Arthur, baritone Jared Holt and Warwick Fyfe perform Puccini's La Boheme.
A performance of Richard Strauss' Salome at the Sydney Opera House.
Sydney Opera House was added to the World Heritage List in June 2007, with UNESCO describing it as "a great architectural work of the 20th century. It represents multiple strands of creativity, both in architectural form and structural design, a great urban sculpture carefully set in a remarkable waterscape and a world famous iconic building."
Fireworks illuminate the sky and silhouette the opera house during a military festival in 2013.
Dark skies over the Sydney Opera House as ash clouds from nearby bush fires float over the harbour.