The Sydney Opera House opened in 1973. Queen Elizabeth 2 of Great Britain led the ceremony. Jorn Utzon was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Institute of Architects Australia. But he refused to attend the opening. Despite construction troubles, the opera house became a source of pride for Sydney residents. As Eugene Goossens planned, the opera house drew many Australians to performances. These included ones by Opera Australia, the Australian Ballet Company, the Sydney Dance Company, and the Sydney Theatre Company. The opera house also became a popular place for movie screenings, comedy performances, and rock and pop concerts. Each New Year’s Eve, Sydney residents gather at the opera house’s outdoor spaces for music and fireworks.