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.