Top 10 Opera Houses in the World

Top 10 Opera Houses in the World

Opera House is one of the most important cultural institutions, that every city is proud of having. Meanwhile they are also a popular tourist attractions. Even if you are not into opera or ballet, very often opera houses are historic, architectural wonders, worth visiting. Check out these famous music organizations and consider seeing them once in the area.

10. The Metropolitan Opera, New York City, USA

The opera, opened in 1880, is found in Lincoln Center, which also houses New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, a library and two theaters. The institution is known not only for its classical performances, but also for innovative and experimental works. It is the main and biggest center of classical music in North America.

Why to go there?

Daily guided tours around Lincoln Center introduces visitors to contemporary art and gives an insight into a versatile scene of New York – after all, it is the capital of innovation and culture.

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9. Prague State Opera, the Czech Republic

The institution has gone through a lot of changes: opened in 1888 it served as the New German Theater at first. Only later in 1992 it was turned into opera house. However, the building itself is one of the most remarkable monuments in the beautiful and historic city of Prague.

Why to go there?

Various concerts, ballets and operas are being held there from September to June. There is no official dress code, therefore it is more accessible to the tourists.

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8. Sydney Opera House, Australia

The most recognizable symbol in the continent dominates the most Sydney postcards. Completed in 1973, the building is a masterpiece of late modern architecture. Expressionistic white shells attract tourists, who wish to see what is inside. In addition there is a wide variety of frequent tours, events and exhibitions to explore, making it a desirable tourist attraction.

Why to go there?

It is an icon of always hip and vibrant Sydney. An important cultural center in Australia, the Opera House offers variety of entertainment, that go far beyond opera alone. Besides during various festivals, a light show colors the building and provides an exciting amusement.

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7. Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Italy

Opened in 1737, the theater is the oldest working opera house in the world. And before La Scala it was also the most important one. It has the oldest auditorium in the world – horseshoe-shaped room also is known for its superb acoustic qualities. Gioachino Rossini, besides other artists, has premiered some of his most famous operas here.

Why to go there?

Tourists can visit the opera house and explore its stages, Royal box and sumptuous halls. At the Multimedia Museum of Teatro San Carlo visitors can learn about the history of the building and opera.

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6. Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Together with other four theaters, it is said to have one of the best acoustics in the world. A bunch of architects have collaborated to the construction, therefore the architecture features a variety of styles and influences. It is also famous for its world-known artists and great performances that maintain the theater’s high standards.

Why to go there?

Visitors can expect to see the secret corners of the opera, beautiful interiors, statues and visit the stage, which is said to exude a captivating atmosphere.

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5. The Bolshoi, Moscow, Russia

Definitely the most important cultural venue in Russia, which has survived wars, revolutions, fires and many more. However its lavish architecture and interiors settle a certain glorious atmosphere, which prepares for the best performances of ballet and opera. The theater was the first to premier works by such composers like Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov and Shostakovich.

Why to go there?

Visitors can hire a guided tour in both – English and Russian. Tourists will be invited to explore the halls, stages and various collections of costumes, photographs and paintings.

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4. The Royal Opera House, London, England

Two predecessors were standing at Covent Garden before the current one was opened in the 18th century. It was loved by Handel, who has composed many of his works specifically to this opera. Today it is among the most famous and important opera houses in the world. As well as one of the most popular tourist destinations in London!

Why to go there?

Besides guided tours, costume exhibitions, access to the backstage, visitors can also dine or have a drink at the bar and restaurant of the opera house, located under an impressive glass roof.

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3. Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria

Located in the heart of the city, the 19th century building is impressive inside and out. The opening was marked by Mozart’s premier Don Giovanni, which was attended by Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Elisabeth, known as Sissi. Composer Gustav Mahler worked as a conductor here. Today it is among the most respected operas in the world.

Why to go there?

On tours visitors can admire the splendid interiors and luxurious décor. Tours are held in various languages. Moreover, a few halls can be rented for a day event.

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2. Paris Opera, Paris, France

The most important opera in France was founded by Louis XIV himself in 1669. The grand building, big orchestra and impressive performances are demanding: the annual budget reaches 200 million euros in order to maintain the opera! However, an awe-inspiring experience is guaranteed.

Why to go there?

Visitors can explore this magnificent architectural masterpiece and admire its complex, sumptuous décor.

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1. La Scala, Milan, Italy

Opened in 1778, the opera house, built and designed by the finest Italian masters, is one of the most famous in the world. Its audience has been the very first witness of the premiers by the geniuses like Salieri, Rossini, Verdi, Donizetti, Bellini, Puccini, Stockhausen and many more. Its museum features a collection of paintings, costumes and drafts, introducing to the opera’s history.

Why to go there?

La Scala, the museum and even the stages are open for the tourists to view. Guided tours enable to have a glimpse behind the scenes of this glorious cradle of culture.

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