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Dr Anne Watson has an MA (Fine Arts) and PhD (Architecture) from Sydney University. Her 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 (opusSOH, Sydney , 2017) based on her 2014 PhD.

The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House

In February 1966 Jorn 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 thought 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 concludes that Hall and his team deserve much greater recognition within the wider Opera House narrative.


Anne Watson