Each opera house has its own speciality. No matter how much the capacity, the shows are always booked. We bring you the list of some of the well-known opera houses in the world:
Teatro alla Scala, Milan
- Capacity: 2,030
- Also known as the La Scala, it is one of the leading opera houses in the world.
- It was constructed between 1776 and 1778 by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.
- The opera house hosted a rendition of Antonio Salieri’s Europa Riconosciuta on its opening night on August 3, 1778.
- Some of the best-known personalities of the opera world, including Bellini, Donizetti,
- Verdi, and Bellini, earned fame here.
- The neoclassical structure has near-perfect acoustics.
Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
- Capacity: 800
- It is one of the most stunning opera houses in the world.
- The current building was constructed between 1821 and 1824 after the earlier Petrovka Theatre and New Arbat Imperial Theatre were destroyed.
- It has hosted some of the best Russian operas.
- The Bolshoi is best known for beautiful tapestries, grand chandelier, intricate paintings, and tiered balconies.
- Antonina Nezhdanova, Leonid Sobinov, and Galina Vishnevskaya are among the best-known opera artists who have performed here.
- It underwent a major renovation between 2005 and 2011 but opened with a greatly diminished capacity.
Palais Garnier, Paris
- Capacity: 1,979
- The Palais Garnier, home to the Paris Opera, is called “masterpiece of the first rank”.
- Built between 1861 and 1875, the Palais Garnier acquired its current name after its popular architect, Charles Garnier.
- The Beaux-Arts building of the opera house is as stunning as the ceiling mural painted by Chagall, the grand staircase, the roof sculptures, and the aristocratic auditorium.
- Palais Garnier is the venue for some of the best operas in the world.
- It is also the setting for the popular 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera.
Royal Opera House, London
- Capacity: 2,256
- Located at the prestigious Covent Garden, London’s Royal Opera House is known for breathtaking interiors.
- The present opera house is the third at this location.
- It has a facade and a foyer dating back to 1858.
- This neoclassical structure underwent a complete renovation in the 1990s.
- In 1734, Theatre Royal, as it was then called, hosted its first ballet.
- It has hosted many popular operas (including Handel’s early operas) and artists such as
Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo.
Sydney Opera House, Sydney
- Capacity – 6,000
- The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic landmarks of this Australian city.
- This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also one of the most distinctive structures of the modern world.
- The singularly Expressionist architecture, unique shape, and modern settings make this opera house a favorite.
- Built between 1959 and 1973, the Sydney Opera House has five theaters and is home to the Opera Australia.
- The first opera hosted here was Sergei Prokofiev’s War and Peace on September 28, 1973.
Metropolitan Opera, New York City
- Capacity: 3,800
- The Metropolitan Opera House is part of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts of New York City. it was first founded in 1880.
- It was constructed between 1963 and 1966 and opened on April 11, 1966 to a performance of La Fanciulla del West.
- It is one of the world’s most stylishly done up and technologically advanced opera stages.
- It has hosted concerts by singers such as Barbra Streisand and Paul McCartney.
- The fan-shaped auditorium is decked up in gold and burgundy and known for its excellent acoustics.
Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires
- Capacity: 2,487
- Teatro Colon or the Columbus Theatre is one of the main opera houses in the world and has perfect acoustics according to Pavarotti.
- It took about 20 years to be constructed and opened in 1908 with Verdi’s Aida.
- Its magnificent architecture, red gold interiors, and French stained glass windows make it a masterpiece.
- Made of Italian marble and Venetian mosaic, the Teatro Colon is the pride of Argentina.
- The opera house is believed to have its own sets and costumes departments and has hosted legendary opera performances.
Vienna Staatsoper, Vienna
- Capacity: 1,709 (seated), 567 (standing)
- The Vienna State Opera or the Vienna Staatsoper is a classic example of Renaissance Revival architecture.
- Built between 1810 and 1869, the State Opera is one of the most lavish and stately opera houses you are likely to see.
- It opened to Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 1869.
- Each year, it hosts an annual state ball along with the Vienna Philharmonic.
- The opera house was rebuilt after it was bombed during the World War II.
- When it reopened, the foyer and grand staircase had been retained.
Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest
- Capacity: 1,300
- Commissioned by Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1875, this beautiful neo-Renaissance structure was opened to the public in 1884.
- The architectural design of this theater is its biggest highlight.
- It houses sculptures of famous Hungarian composers Ferenc Erkel and Franz Liszt.
- The interiors of the building have marble columns representing muses and a grand chandelier.
- It is one of the most beautiful structures in Europe.
- This famous theater has witnessed performances of famous personalities including Gustav Mahler.
Teatro la Fenice, Venice
- Capacity: 1,000
- Teatro La Fenice means the Phoenix Theatre.
- The interiors of the opera house are breathtakingly beautiful.
- A major fire in 1774 burned down a Venetian theater called the San Benedetto Theatre.
- The second theater was also burned down in 1836.
- Just like the phoenix in its name, the Teatro La Fenice was rebuilt on December 26, 1837.
- It has been closely associated with some of the most famous opera personalities known to the world such as Giuseppe Verdi and Gioachino Rossini.
- The theater was redone and reopened in 2004 after it was destroyed by fire and arson.