They stage ballets, operas and concerts in the most renown capitals of the world. Opera houses are not only the homes of music and dance, they are also the sanctuary of creativity and imagination. Each city has its own architecture, style, ornaments and history, offering a unique experience to a passionate crowd.
PALAIS GARNIER, PARIS
The golden decorations ornamenting the walls and columns of the Palais Garnier rooms reflect the atmosphere of the Second Empire. The Opera House is as striking in the outside than on the inside. The crowning dome built in 1875 and restored ever since is overhanging the center of the city, adding beauty and romance to the streets of Paris.
METROPOLITAN OPERA, NEW YORK
Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the Opera House is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The architect at the origin of the building is Wallace K. Harrison. Two murals depicted by Marc Chagall entitled The Triumph of Music and The Sources of Music throne in the main lobby. The Opera House is home to the American Ballet Theatre.
Designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, the astonishing building located on the Sydney harbor has the most unusual shape. With a modern and minimalist architecture, the opera is a multi-performance venue welcoming over 1500 presentations annually.
LA SCALA, MILAN
Also known as Teatro alla Scala, the opera has welcomed some of the best opera singers in the world along with major ballet companies. The building was built over 230 years ago and is charged with history. Verdi and Rossini to name a few, have composed numbers of works in between the walls of La Scala.
BOLSHOI THEATRE, MOSCOW
This theatre is a gem. It is one of the oldest and renown temple of the arts in the world. The theatre stands out not only because of its history and architecture but also because of the quality of its ballet company: The Bolshoi Ballet. The building was ruined and rebuilt throughout time, it has remained Russia’s landmark during all those years.
TEATRO COLÓN, BUENOS AIRES
The theatre is well known for its superb acoustic. It has been rebuilt last in 1908, under the supervision of numbers of European architects and reflects nowadays the style and structure of Western theatres. Attracting major opera singers and conductors, it competes with international theatres such as La Scala and The Metropolitan.
MARIINSKY THEATRE, SAINT PETERSBURG
This historic theatre, opened in 1860, has changed its name throughout time, reflecting the political climate of the period. The theatre is a neoclassical building which hides an exceptional decorated auditorium. It is the home of St. Petersburg’s outstanding opera and ballet company.
MARGRAVIAL OPERA HOUSE, BAYREUTH (GERMANY)
This theatre, located in the town of Bayreuth, Germany, was built during the 18th century. Despite historical events, the box in the auditorium was kept intact. The ceiling, the moldings and the draperies are beautifully decorated with masters’ paintings and golden leaves.
ESTATES THEATRE, PRAGUE
This historical theatre was built during the 18th century by Antonin Hafenecker. European artists such as Carl Maria von Weber, Anton Rubinstein and Gustav Mahler were invited to perform within the luxurious setting of the Estates Theatre. An elegant style enhanced by grey-blue tapestries and vivid golden toned moldings.