In February 1966 Jørn Utzon spectacularly resigned from the Sydney Opera House project, never to return. His successor, Peter Hall, was faced with the near-impossible task of completing the building by steering the project through the gridlock of problems that had defeated Utzon. Drawing on extensive original research this lecture explores the many dilemmas that Hall faced, the circuit-breaker solutions that facilitated progress – and suggests that Hall and his team deserve much greater recognition within the wider Opera House narrative.
About the speaker: Dr Anne Watson has an MA (Fine Arts) and PhD (Architecture) from the University of Sydney. Her long career as a design curator and writer has included many publications, with particular specialisations in the work of Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin and the history of the Sydney Opera House. She recently published The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House based on her 2014 PhD research.