10 best opera houses in the world.
Each opera house is a special, unique work of art. The list of the ten best opera houses in the world, plunges into the atmosphere of grandeur and sublimity.
Top ten of the best, according to the book ” The National Geographic”:
- Lincoln Center, New York, USA.
The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which combines everything: the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet, also has a library and two theaters. The center promotes not only classics, but also innovations, something completely new, not familiar to the viewer. Operas at the Met are regularly filmed and put on public display in theaters around the world. The role of the Lincoln Center for the Arts is also important in the field of education: a rich repertoire contributes to the inspiration and creativity of students and professionals.
- Vienna State Opera (Staatsoper), Vienna, Austria.
Built in 1869, the Staatsoper was opened with a performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Its reputation as the center of the musical life of Venice has long been established, and the Staatsoper remains one of the best opera houses in the world. Although most of it was destroyed on March 12, 1945, when the Allies bombed the city towards the end of World War II, the main staircase and some other public areas miraculously survived. To understand what everything looked like before the air raid, you only need to go through the main entrance to the lobby. The theater you see now was reopened after the end of the Russian occupation of Austria, and the first play staged after many years of war was Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio, a hymn to freedom.
- Royal Opera of Versailles, Versailles, France.
The interior of the Royal Opera House, located in the famous luxury palace of Versailles, is characterized by artful work. The wooden walls were painted to resemble marble (and indeed, it is almost impossible to distinguish from the original). The gold is perfectly combined with the pink and green shades of marble, sky-blue curtains and upholstery. Breaking the traditional Italian style (which corresponds to most theaters), the Royal Opera House is surrounded by two balconies and the building itself is crowned by a vast colonnade, which, thanks to the play of mirrors, seems to extend to infinity. Enge-Jacques Gabriel built the theater in 1769 in preparation for the marriage of the Dauphin, the future King Louis XVI, and the Austrian Princess Marie-Antoinette. After the French Revolution, the theater was used only occasionally for various events. Today, special gala performances are often held here.
- Paris Opera, Paris, France.
The main facade of the Opera makes a strong impression, although it would seem that in Paris, a city where wonderful architectural sculptures are literally on every corner, it is no longer possible to surprise. The magnificently decorated building with its crowned dome was built in 1875. The large theater inside is suitable for both ballet and opera. Some of the largest ceremonial spaces in the world are located here at the Paris Opera, where their grandeur lends importance to all sorts of events. The rich and bright interiors reflect the tastes and moods of the Second Empire of France. In 1962, Marc Chagall created new murals in the center of the ceiling of the Palais Garnier. The result, no less impressive, is all the more remarkable because it does not contradict the formal character of the interior decoration.
- Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia.
Perched on a patch of land jutting out into Sydney Harbour, the stunning modern Sydney Opera House has a beautiful view of the water, all dotted with sailboats. Even if you don’t plan to go to the play, you should visit the Sydney Opera House, just for a glimpse of the amazing building. The structure was designed by Jorn Utzon to offer a series of overlapping shells and sails. The grand opening took place in 1973. The first performance in the theater was “War and Peace” by Prokofiev. Inside, each theater is paneled with different types of wood to improve the acoustics of the room, as well as make it more aesthetic. All the main performance areas have their own foyers.
- Bolshoi Theater, Moscow, Russia.
One of the main theaters in Russia, known for one of the best symphony orchestras in the world, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow went through “fire, water and copper pipes”, or to be more precise, fire, war and revolution.Its stunning neoclassical portico, surmounted by a statue of Apollo in his chariot, is a harbinger of the splendor that will appear before the eyes of visitors once they enter. In 2005, the theater was closed for reconstruction and was reopened only in the fall of 2011. Four balconies and a top gallery surround the orchestra, where the seats are Chippendale chairs covered in red damask. The Moscow Ballet Company is world-famous. Here, the famous choreographer Yuri Grigorovich staged memorable performances “Swan Lake”, “Golden Age” and “Romanda”.
- Royal Opera House, London, England.
The Royal Opera House was built in Covent Garden in the early 18th century, and its location has not changed, but the modern building of the theater is the third in a row located on this site. The first operas of George Frideric Handel were performed within the walls of the Royal Theater, and later many operas and oratorios were written by the German composer for this place, in particular. He performed regularly here from 1735 until the day of his death in 1759.
- Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In order to keep up with the rich industrialists of the United States, the Argentines, as passionate fans of opera, completed the construction of the Colon Theater in 1908. It is not easy to define the style of this theater: it has a little bit of everything, it has taken the best from various European theaters. And this is not surprising, because so many architects were involved in the construction. This outstanding recording from the vast opera house, containing great performances, is only matched by a group of famous artists who once graced its stage. The theater has its own exquisite costumes and picturesque construction departments.
- Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Italy.
The magnificent red and gold San Carlo Theater, built by King Charles of Bourbon in 1737, is the oldest in the world, and before the construction of the La Scala Theater, it was also the most prestigious in Italy. Some of Gioachino Rossini’s most popular operas have premiered on the San Carlo stage.
- La Scala, Milan, Italy.
La Scala is perhaps the most famous opera house in the world. It is associated with classical opera. The theater, built in 1778, is associated with the names of such world-famous composers as Gioacchino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini, Giuseppe Verdi and Gaetano Donizetti. One of the highlights of La Scala is the concave channel under the wooden floor of the orchestra, which makes the hall so excellent in acoustics.