Fine Tuning, Down Under; Urs Wälterlin & Ulf Sommer; Handelsblatt Global

Australia – Sydney Opera House

Munich engineers are fixing the acoustics in the iconic Sydney Opera House. It’s another demonstration of how smaller German companies, focused on doing one thing well, become world leaders.

German opera stars like Jonas Kaufmann are no strangers to Sydney’s iconic opera house, but at a recent rehearsal for Wagner’s “Parsifal,” it was two other visitors from Munich standing in an aisle, arms folded, who will eventually be contributing most to what audiences hear.

Jürgen Reinhold and Gunter Engel are acoustics engineers from a medium-sized engineering firm based in Planegg outside Munich and they were collecting data to renovate the acoustics in the main hall of the opera house, which has become the symbol of Sydney, and even of Australia, since it was opened in 1973.

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