The Trials of Wisdom: A Virtual Escape Room

Navigate your way to freedom through off-limit areas of the Sydney Opera House.
Cordelia Williamson
Published on June 17, 2020


If you've already worked your way through all the jigsaw puzzles, cryptic crosswords and Sudoku you have at home, then get ready for a new kind of problem-solving game. Australia's iconic cultural institution the Sydney Opera House has just launched a virtual escape room, The Trials of Wisdom, which — as the name suggests — is sure to put your brain to the test.

Inspired by Mozart's opera The Magic Flute, the online experience is a collaboration between the SOH and Dani Siller of Escape this Podcast — and is unlike the vampire-slaying, tomb-raiding and treasure-hunting escape rooms you're used to. Instead of being immersed in a world unknown, you'll be entering a place people frequent all the time: the Opera House. Yep, you'll be locked inside the Sydney Opera House overnight — virtually, of course — and you'll have to use some serious brain power to get out.

You'll be navigating your way through backstage and off-limit areas of the Opera House, such as the orchestra pit, props room, theatre and costume department. On your journey, you'll be hunting for four clues, from decoding ballerinas' dance positions and unscrambling the ramblings of an orchestra player. Ultimately, the aim is to get out, naturally, so you'll need some lateral thinking up your sleeve, plus a little music knowledge wouldn't go astray.

To check out The Trials of Wisdom, head to the Sydney Opera House website

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