Opera is often termed as an extravagant art form, which comes with a grandeur overflowing with music, dance or ballet, orchestra and vibrant costumes. It ensures a full cultural experience. Opera is performed in theatres known as opera houses. Opera houses are the epitome of architectural beauty and glamour. There are many opera houses all over the world, which come with a rich historical and cultural significance. By Swastika Mukhopadhyay
These are the eight opera houses that you must visit:
This is the oldest working theatre that was built by King Charles of Bourbon and was inaugurated in 1737. The history of this opera house is embedded in its magnificent red and gold composition and horseshoe shape. The Teatro di San Carlo opera house is well known for its brilliant acoustics. The tourists can enjoy a tour of the opera house and explore its stages, royal box and exquisite halls.
A survivor of wars, revolutions and many fires, this opera house features an exquisite architecture that brings out a glorious aura. The theatre experienced the work of composers like Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Rimsky-Korsakov. Tourists can catch the guided tour of the opera house, both in English and Russian.
An artistry of the finest Italian masters, this opera house is one of the most famous in the world. This opera house has witnessed the talent of geniuses like Bellini, Donizetti, Salieri, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and many more. The visitors can visit the La Scala museum and also get a glimpse of the stages. The museum features numerous paintings, costumes and drafts that talk about the history of the opera.
How can we forget the iconic design of Australia’s most famous opera house? It is one of the most common tourist spots, which is well renowned for its photogenic white sail-shaped shells thus making it one of the most photographed locations in the world. Tourists can experience guided tours and enjoy various forms of entertainment including light shows that colour the edifice.
Founded by Louis XIV himself in 1669, this opera house is considered the most important opera house in France. With its grand architecture, big orchestra and exquisite performances, this opera house is quite demanding. Visitors can explore this architectural marvel and admire its grand décor and artwork.
This is one of the most respectable operas in the world. Constructed in the 19th century, the Vienna State Opera House features an impressive architecture and artwork. The opening was marked by Mozart’s premiere Don Giovanni and attended by Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Elisabeth. Visitors enjoy the awe-striking interiors and the luxurious décor. They can even participate in the guided tours. The halls within the opera house can be rented for any event.
Tourists visiting England must surely visit this well-known tourist destination. This opera house is situated in Covent Garden, Central London and is sometimes referred to as simply ‘Covent Garden’. Visitors can enjoy guided tours, costume exhibitions and explore the stage. There’s also a restaurant at the opera house where tourists can enjoy a fine dining experience and unwind under the impressive glass roof.
This opera house served as a German theatre during the initial years of its inception. Later in 1992 it turned into an opera house. The building itself holds great historical significance and has a breathtakingly beautiful architecture. The opera halls conducts many concerts, ballets and opera during the months of September to June.