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Best Opera Houses to Visit

Alexander Neumeister

· Alexander Neumeister,opera,music

Opera houses exhibit the culture and tradition of some of the world’s most famous cities. Many of the structures boast exquisite design and craftsmanship from centuries ago. The architectural appeal of the buildings attracts numerous guests each year who delight in experiencing the amazing visual features. There are many opera houses worldwide that are worthy of a visit.

LA SCALA-MILAN, ITALY

The magnificent Teatro alla Scala was constructed in 1778. The interior boasts four tiers of seating. Each raised seating area is also partitioned to provide the spectators with exclusive privacy. The structure includes a hidden concave channel beneath the floor designed to heighten the building’s acoustics. La Scala contains a museum that explains the history of the building. Exhibits also commemorate composers, dancers, and singers from the past via original sheet music, costumes, portraits, and paintings.

PARIS OPERA-PARIS, FRANCE

The opera house was established by Louis XIV in 1669, who was renowned for his opulent tastes. The ruler’s desire for the exquisite design was not lost on the Paris Opera. The horseshoe-shaped interior boasts various types of marble, a double staircase, and a theatre within a theatre along with two female statues bearing torches that welcome guests. Visual delights include a vast selection of gliding and velvet along with the eight-ton bronze and crystal chandelier. The ceiling features a painting created by Marc Chagall.

VIENNA STATE OPERA-VIENNA, AUSTRIA

The Vienna was constructed in the center of the city in 1869. On opening night, guests were treated to the premiere of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” A grand staircase takes guests behind the scenes to the private seating areas and the staterooms. Visitors are treated to tours of the Gustav Mahler Hall, the Marble Hall, the Schwind Foyer, and the Tea Salon. Vaulted ceilings, bas reliefs, and sculptures decorate the building throughout.

THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE-LONDON, ENGLAND

London’s Royal Opera House is another architectural marvel. The structure was constructed during the early 1700s. The theatre boasts gold and red themes from the exquisitely lit and decorated boxed seats to the massive stage curtain. The facility remained popular with Handel who composed operas and oratorios specifically for the London location. Along with touring the building, guests have the chance to venture backstage to see how the sets and costumes are created.

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