For opera fans, the theaters in which they perform are like a temple dedicated to music. Fortunately, we have many theaters around the world dedicated to this genre, and we could classify them by capacity, beauty, history, etc ..., endless possibilities. We have preferred to pick up the most famous theaters in the world of opera , those that we will know both the fans and the less initiated in the genre, and that, in any case, deserve an important mention when discussing the subject. And, of course, a tourist visit if you go to the city where they are located.
La Fenice - Venice (Italy)
Authentic opera temple in Italy, the Fenice is a neoclassical building with golden boxes and red armchairs, in the purest style of this type of room. It was built in the 18th century and has five overlapping floors. Together with the Scala in Milan and the San Carlo Theater in Naples, it is one of the most prestigious halls of Italian opera. In 1773 or 1774 the San Benedetto theater in the San Marco neighborhood of Venice suffered a fire, and the nobility of the time decided to have a new room built by the architect Gian Antonio Selva. It opens on May 16, 1792 with an opera and ballet "I giuochi di Agrigento". In 1832, the theater is destroyed by the flames and rebuilt thanks to the help of the architects Fimabattista and Tommaso Meduna, and decorated by Tranquillo Orsi. On January 29, 1996, when it is already one of the world references of the lyric, it is again burned. The city of Venice, with the help of the Italian State, Unesco and important donations from around the world, sees, for the third time, reborn from its ashes to a theater identical to the luxury of its origin, after 8 years of work and with a cost of 60 million euros. It opens on November 12, 2003 with La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi.
Théâtre de la Monnaie - Brussels (Belgium)
In 1700, Gio-Paolo Bombarda, financial advisor to the government of the Spanish Netherlands, ordered the construction of a room for public performances of lyrical, dramatic and ballet theater. Work of the architects Paolo and Pietro Bezzi, the theater was built on the square of the Hôtel Ostrevent, where the coin was manufactured, hence the name "la Monnaie". Shortly before 1800, at the time of annexation of the territory to France, Napoleon suggested constructing a new building behind the old, very deteriorated one. Work of the French architect Louis Damesme, the new theater was inaugurated in 1819. In 1855, the room suffered a fire from which only the facade, walls and gallery of columns that surrounded the building were saved. The architect Joseph Poelaert was in charge of the reconstruction. In 1963, the Monnaie became the theater of the Belgian National Opera . In 1985 the room and the stage were adapted to improve the acoustics and safety of the enclosure. In 1998 it was expanded with neighboring properties. At the beginning of the 21st century, he celebrated the tricentenary with the exhibition "The opera: a song of stars". The fabulous paintings that we can see inside the theater are remarkable.
Opéra Garnier - Paris (France)
Opened on January 5, 1875, the Garnier Opera House, with its interior in red and gold and a dome of Chagall itself, is a true architectural marvel. It is located at the end of the Opera Avenue, and the building is imposed as a symbol of the eclectic architecture of the second half of the 19th century. For a long time it was known as the Paris Opera , but after the opening of the Bastille Opera, in 1989, it is designated only as Palais Garnier . The two theaters are currently part of the public entity of the Paris Opera. The Palais Garnier became part of the "historical monuments" of Paris on October 16, 1923.
Colon Theater - Buenos Aires (Argentina)
The Colón Theater is an authentic Italian room, equipped with more than 6 floors, where the most beautiful voices of the lyric pass. It is one of the most relevant in the world scene, with a size and acoustic characteristics that place it among the first. It was designed by Francesco Tamburini, an architect born in 1846, but died in 1890, at a time when the works were in their beginnings. Vittorio Meano, collaborator of the deceased, assumed the continuation, although he undertook some modifications with respect to the initial project. However, he was killed in 1904, so he was then a Belgian, Jules Dormal, successor and student of the former, who ended the work. After so many avatars, the initial project, inspired by the Opera Garnier, ended up Italianized with very interesting art nouveau details. Finally, on May 25, 1908, the theater opened its doors, with the representation of Aída. Even so, work on interior themes was continued until 1910. The magnificent Colon Theater deserved to be among the most representative historical buildings in Buenos Aires, next to the Palacio de Congreso and the Casa Rosada itself.
Opera House - Sydney (Australia)
Inaugurated on October 20, 1973, the Sydney Opera House is mythical and bold thanks to its white candle architecture that has made it known throughout the world. Indeed, it is one of the most famous buildings of the twentieth century and an important place of artistic representation, especially the lyric. Its original architecture, in which some see candles and other seashells, comes from the imagination of the Danish Jorn Utzon. Its location, in the same port of Sydney, with a forest to the south and next to the Harbor Bridge (famous bridge of Sydney constituted by a single arch), make it become a symbol of Sydney. While most visitors do not have the opportunity to attend a performance, the building is currently the headquarters of the Australian Opera, the Sydney Theater Company and the city's Symphony Orchestra. The Opera also hosts many international representations of the highest quality, touring the world.
Royal Opera House - London (United Kingdom)
The Royal Opera House is an opera house and an artistic place to visit in London. It is often referred to as Covent Garden , the neighborhood in which it is located. The building is both the headquarters of the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet, and the orchestra of the Royal Opera House. The current building is the third building in the same place. The first was inaugurated on December 7, 1732. The facade, the foyer , and the hall are from 1858, but almost all the other elements of the current complex date from the reconstruction carried out during the 90s.
Metropolitan Opera House - New York (United States)
The Metropolitan Opera House , known as "Met" is a giant hall that hosts the most beautiful shows in the world. Currently located in the Lincoln Center cultural center in New York, a first building was inaugurated on October 23, 1883 on Broadway. Destroyed by a fire in 1892, and subsequently repaired, it was used until 1966, the year in which the opera company invested in the new Lincoln Center premises. The old building, which could not obtain the title of historical monument, was demolished in 1967. The current opera, by Wallace K. Harrison, opened its doors on September 16, 1966, with the world premiere of Marco Antonio and Cleopatra , by Samuel Barber. From the artistic point of view of the building, it is necessary to highlight the frescoes made by Marc Chagall in the entrance hall. The MET has numerous mechanical systems, which allows to alternate the programming of different works every night.
Gran Teatre del Liceu - Barcelona (Spain)
Opened on April 4, 1847, the Gran Teatre del Liceu (name in Catalan of the theater) is considered an architectural feat for its horseshoe-shaped construction and its stage of more than 54 meters high. It is the oldest and most prestigious theater in the city of Barcelona, especially in terms of opera, and also one of the most prestigious in the world. Located on La Rambla in Barcelona, the most relevant operas, with the best performers, have been represented in more than 150 years of history. For many years it has been the symbol and meeting place of the Catalan aristocracy and bourgeoisie. The Liceu has lived two fires that completely destroyed it: the first on April 14, 1862, which destroyed the room and the stage and forced the theater to close for a year and six days. After the second, on January 31, 1994, it was rebuilt and improved, respecting the original decoration and style, which give it excellent acoustics, but also adding important technological improvements that made it one of the most modern in the world.
Opéra - Lausanne (Switzerland)
Lausanne Opera is much less lavish but instead is one of the most original. Emulate art deco. It is a performance hall, opened in 1871, which over the years has been given multiple uses. Currently it essentially hosts the representation of lyrical works, ballets and concerts.
Wiener Staatsoper - Vienna (Austria)
The Vienna State Opera (in German " Wiener Staatsoper ") is a public opera and ballet company located in Vienna, and created in 1810. It is one of the most prestigious theaters in the world, and one of the first cultural institutions of the Austrian capital In September 2002, the Japanese Seiji Ozawa became the musical director. He had directed, on January 1 of the same year, the New Year's Concert of the Philharmonic Orchestra. The theater gives its name to the building, opened in 1869, which, despite the bombings of the war, was rebuilt identically and is today a symbol of the legendary Viennese music.
And this is our selection. There are many theaters dedicated to the lyric, but we wanted to select " The most famous opera houses in the world " . We hope you like them and, if you go to any of the cities on the list, pay a visit because they are really worth it. We await your comments.