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The Most Stunning Opera Houses And Theatres Around The World

For music and opera lovers, there is no experience more intense than spending an evening at a beautiful theatre or opera house, enjoying a great performance on stage. Many of these places are not only acclaimed in the musical sense, but they are also magnificent structures, some instantly recognisable around the world. We have put together an interactive tour of the most famous and stunning of them all, simply use mouse or finger to explore these absolutely amazing shrines to music. And why not try to visit one next time when you travel?

Sydney Opera House  Sydney, Australia
Big, bold and beautiful, Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most renowned and recognised landmarks. Built in 1973, tourists in their millions visit Australia’s capital every year just to see the sights of Sydney Harbour. Sydney Opera House is great for tours, shows and dining.

Royal Albert Hall London, England
Home to one of the most famous stages in the world, Royal Albert Hall was first opened by Queen Victoria in 1871 dedicated to her beloved husband Albert. The circular structure has since been one of central London’s prime entertainment venues, hosting everything from world music, rock, pop, opera, dance, comedy and tennis.

Palais Garnier - Paris Opera House Paris, France
Built between 1861 - 1875 for the Paris Opera. Palais Garnier was originally named the Salle des Capucines due to its location on the Boulevard des Capucines (9th arrondissement) soon changed in recognition of its plenitude and architecture.

The Moscow Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Russia
Proud of its traditions and famous atmosphere, a night at the Bolshoi really is an essential part of a visit to Moscow. One of the city’s most symbolic sites, the building itself is an impressive example of classical Russian architecture nearby other renowned landmarks.

La Scala Theatre Milan, Italy
Many of the world’s finest singers have graced the stage at La Scala over the past 200 years. It is an ancient monument in Milan and a leading opera and ballet theatre; home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus and La Scala Theatre Orchestra. The theatre also has an associate school, known as the La Scala Theatre Academy for professional training in music, dance, stage craft and stage management.

Vienna State Opera House  Vienna, Austria
First opened in 1869 with a gala performance of Mozart's ‘Don Giovanni’ the Vienna Opera House has since been a famed venue for Opera and music. Great musicians including Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Lorin Maazel and many others have entertained crowds over many years.

Metropolitan Opera House New York City, USA
One of the most renowned musical venues in the USA, the MET Opera House in the heart of Broadway at Lincoln Square has a seating capacity for approximately 3,800 people the theatre was designed by Wallace K. Harrison around 1966 and since been an iconic New York location. During the summer months the MET presents the American Ballet.

Teatro Real Madrid  Madrid, Spain
The Teatro Real, or Royal Theatre is a major attraction in Spain. Specifically located in Madrid, the theatres interior design boasts traditional red fitting, gold encrusting and Spanish influences. Across from the Royal Palace, the official quarters of the Queen Isabel II who ordered the construction of the theatre in 1818.

Teatro di San Carlo Naples, Italy
The di San Carlo is the oldest and still active theatre venue in the world. Its box seats rise high to the magnificent celling décor whilst luxurious red interiors run throughout. The theatre is adjacent to the central Piazza del Plebiscito, and connected to the Royal Palace itself.

The Koncerthuset  Copenhagen, Denmark
Previously named one of the 10 greatest concert halls of the new millennium, everything about the DR Koncerthuset concert hall in Copenhagen is amazing from architecture to acoustics. The interior and exterior are a modernized design by by French architect Jean Nouvel.

National Theatre & Concert Hall  Taipen, Tawan
The National Theatre and the National Concert Hall are twin performing arts venues at Liberty Square, Taipei, Taiwan in the Zhongzheng District. Both landmarks stand on South and North facing sides of the square and together are referred to as NTCH. The venues are also two of the first major modern performing arts facilities to be established in Asia.

The Sage Gateshead  Gateshead, England
Sage Gateshead is yet another modern home for music, set aside the lovely Gateshead Quays, the elegant venue is a home for international music, housing two main stages, acoustic excellence, a multi room music education centre, information centre, bars and café.

Harpa  Reykjavík, Iceland
Neighbouring the old harbour at between Reykjavík city center and the North Atlantic, the ‘new’ Harpa Concert Hall and Conference centre is a unique and imaginative landmark, inspired by Iceland’s astounding and breath-taking nature - home to four halls, large seating, spacious exhibitions areas and meeting rooms.

The Globe Theatre   London, England
London’s famous Globe Theatre associated with the renowned poet William Shakespeare. Originally built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company then later rebuilt, the Globe Theatre has been including in many films and TV productions and is a treasure of the tales and history of Shakespeare himself.

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