Sunday, April 5, 2009

Opera Houses

Throughout the centuries, many beautiful and famous opera houses have been built. Not surprisingly, many of them are found in Europe, the birthplace of opera.

The Budapest Opera House is built in a renaissance style. London's Royal Opera House is in the Coventry Garden District and is unquestionably one of the most famous opera houses in the world. The Teatro Real in Madrid is a historical building with outstanding acoustics. The Teatro alla Scala, also known as the Milan Opera House, is very famous. It is possibly the most famous opera house in the world.

Other European opera houses which deserve mention are the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, built in a neoclassical style, the Vienna Opera House, one of the foremost opera houses in the world, the Teatro San Carlo of Naples, a city well-known for opera, the Bavarian State Opera House in Munich, the National Theatre in Prague and the Paris Opera House, the setting for the famous musical "The Phantom of the Opera". In Russia there is the beautiful Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and the elegant Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, both world-renowned opera houses.

Outside of Europe, the Metropolitan Opera in New York featuring several performances a year, the Sydney Opera House with its unique design and the historical Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires deserve mention.

Most of the famous opera houses in the world are to be found in Europe, but famous ones can also be found in other parts of the world. One day I hope I can see an opera in a famous opera house such as the Teatro alla Scala, Paris Opera House and Sydney Opera House. That would be so memorable.

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