The rest of the year, Opera Australia offers performances at The Arts Centre in Melbourne. Sydney’s opera house gave the company its first permanent home. Prior to that, The Australian Opera (as it was previously known) relied on a combination of smaller venues in which to present its seasons. The company’s profile was raised dramatically in 1976 with the accession of Richard Bonynge as its music director. The Opera House underwent repairs in November 2009. Today the Sydney Opera House holds about 1,500 musical performances every year. Seven million people from all over the world visit the opera house each year and 350,000 take a guided tour. They learn all about how the one of kind architectural masterpiece was built. They also hear the story of how the relationship between the opera house designer and the country of Australia was broken and restored because each party was willing to be gracious and forgiving. Both of the stories are inspiring and important.