Sydney Opera House cultural spectacular to be a Danish dalliance.

Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark are set to be VIPs for the Sydney Opera House’s 40th birthday bash.

In celebration of the anniversary, the City of Sydney in collaboration with the Danish Government is planning a week of events that includes the recreation of the concert that officially opened the Opera House in 1973. The week will culminate in a Gala Birthday Concert on October 27, at which Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 will be performed by the Sydney Symphony and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

Sydney Opera House Chief Executive Louise Herron said that inviting members of the British royal family had been considered, but that the Danish royal couple had been first choice. With Princess Mary hailing from Tasmania, many see the Danish royals as having a closer bond with Australia than their British counterparts. Opera House architect Jørn Utzon’s Danish nationality greatly adds to this  Scandinavian connection, with Utzon’s family expected to be in attendance at the celebrations as guests of honour.

NSW deputy premier Andrew Stoner...