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Horse opera

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Breakfast at the Ivy is usually fun, and so it proved at the book launch of The Saga of Sydney Opera House (Spon), by Peter Murray. Jack Zunz, the Arup project engineer on the job, was there, as was James Thomas, who worked as an assistant in the Jørn Utzon office. Singers from the National Opera Studio performed pieces about the making of the opera house, first performed in the building itself five years go.Murray had access to the Arup archives, and also those of the New South Wales government architect, only made available after his death nine months ago, which makes for fascinating reading. One story not in the book was how Zunz, after the completion of the project, played a round of golf with three other people who worked on the project.They decided to buy a lottery ticket with the modest money wagered on the outcome, and chose the Arup project number for the opera house, 1112, for their ticket.They won AU$200,000!

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