Seven of the World’s Most Famous Opera Houses

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The following are seven of the world’s most famous opera houses.

1. Sydney Opera House: Probably the world’s most famous opera house, Sydney Opera House is noted for the incredible architecture of its building. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the structure has also been identified as one of the 20th century’s most distinctive buildings and one of the most famous performing arts centers in the world.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House (Source: Wikipedia)

2. Palais Garnier: Another world-famous opera house is located in Paris. Regarded as a symbol of the city just like the Louvre or Notre Dame Cathedral, the Palais Garnier is considered as a masterpiece in architecture and opulence. It is often called ‘the Opera’ as it is used to serve as the primary home of the Paris Opera.

Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier (Source: Wikipedia)

3. La Scala: A world-renowned opera house located in Milan, La Scala is still recognized as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world despite being one of the oldest. Inaugurated in 1778, the opera house has featured most of Italy’s greatest artists and performers and many of the world’s finest singers during the past 200 years of its existence.

La Scala

La Scala (Source: Wikipedia)

4. Teatro Colon: Located in Buenos Aires, Teatro Colon ranks among the five best opera houses in the world. Moreover, it also ranks among the five best concert venues in the world. Opened in 1857, Teatro Colon has been visited by the foremost singers and opera companies of the time.

Teatro Colon

Teatro Colon (Source: Wikipedia)

5. The Bolshoi: Located in Moscow, the Bolshoi Theatre is home to the world’s biggest ballet company known as the Bolshoi Ballet. The theatre is also one of the oldest in the world, with the foundation laid as early as in 1776. However, the current building came into existence only in 1824.

The Bolshoi

The Bolshoi (Source: Wikipedia)

6. Teatro di San Carlo: Located in Naples, the Teatro di San Carlo is the oldest opera house in Europe that is still an active venue for public opera. It came into existence in 1737, several decades before the foundation of the Milan’s La Scala. Connected to the Royal Palace, Teatro di San Carlo is located adjacent to the central Piazza del Plebiscito.

Teatro di San Carlo

Teatro di San Carlo (Source: Wikipedia)

7. Metropolitan Opera House: Located on Broadway in New York City, the Metropolitan Opera House forms a part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which consists of 30 indoor and outdoor performance facilities. The opera house has a seating capacity of 3,900 seats, and it also serves as home to the Metropolitan Opera.

Metropolitan Opera House

Metropolitan Opera House (Source: Wikipedia)

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