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Sir Simon Rattle and wife Magdalena Kožená struck down with virus just hours before Melbourne performance.
The $32 million gallery and performance venue is set to be built in the central Sydney suburb of Chippendale.
If successful the South Australian capital will be come the tenth city, worldwide, to be bestowed the honour.
Following the orchestra's triumphant 2015 season opener, Sir Simon praised AWO as one of the world's great orchestras.
Over 110 students joined Richard Gill and Karen Carey for the pilot year of the new education initiative.
The illustrious British maestro has been Chief Conductor of the orchestra since 2013.

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The Polish pianist talks about growing up behind the Iron Curtain, battling with Bach and being his own worst critic.
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Ahead of Opera Australia's opening, the no-nonsense British director explains why Mozart matters.
The rehearsal diary of the Sydney-born mezzo, currently singing with the UK's Grange Park Opera.
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