Opera Houses are special places. They do not only stage the world’s finest ballet dancers and Opera singers, but they also host the most sophisticated and important personalities of economy and politics amongst their audiences. Truly places where drama and love stories happen on and off the stage. Here are 6 especially inspiring Opera Houses picked by KHAMAMA for you:
1. Coliseum, London - Europe's largest Opera House
The Grand Edwardian auditorium for Opera, named Coliseum is with 2,359 seats not only the biggest theatre in London, but also belongs to the largest opera houses of the world. Due to its size and splendour it was described as the "people's palace of entertainment". Today, the former variety theatre is known as the English National Opera and also is home of the English National Ballet.
2. Bolshoi Theater, Moscow - World's largest Ballet
The Bolshoi Theater is much more than just an Opera House. It was built in 1824 next to the Kremlin and the Red Square, right in the heart of Moscow. In this opera house you will feel the glamour of Russian culture. The Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera are amongst the oldest and most renowned ballet and opera companies in the world. If the historic place and lavish decor is not already taking your breath, the world's biggest ballet company with over 200 dancers certainly will.
3. Real Teatro di San Carlo, Naples - World's oldest active Opera House
You want to experience original, classic Opera? The Real Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Italy, was already built in 1737. King Charles of Bourbon created this typical red-and-gold opera house connected to this Royal Palace. The style and design of this opera house soon determined a standard other architects would strive to achieve. Being the oldest continuously active opera house you will only see the finest of Opera on its stage.
4. The Metropolitan Opera House, New York City - World's largest Opera House
The Metropolitan Opera House, which is usually referred to as "The Met", is the youngest Opera House within this compilation, as it was opened in 1966. Yet with a seating capacity of around 3,800 it is by far the largest opera house in the world. It's location on New York's Broadway is symbolic for the cultural success in the New World. The Met is not only home to the Metropolitan Opera Company and hosts the American Ballet Theatre, but has close ties to the world of Haute Couture. Every year it hosts the world famous Met Gala which is a fundraising event for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.
5. Vienna State Opera House - Hosting the most famous Opera Ball
The Vienna State Opera House, also known as the "Staatsoper", was opened in 1869 with Mozart's premier performance of “Don Giovanni.” The 19th century opera house is right in the heart of Vienna and its Neo-Renaissance style is impressive inside out. Once a year the Vienna Opera Ball ("Wiener Opernball") is held within the Staatsoper. They turn the opera house into a large ballroom by creating a dance floor which is on the same level as the stage. This is the highlight of the Viennese Carnival season. The heads of the Austrian government, the industrial elite, international high society and their guests attending. Opera Balls are held in various Opera houses around the world. However, the Vienna Opera Ball is by far the largest and most famous of its kind!
6. Palais Garnier, Paris - inspiration of "The Phantom of the Opera"
The Palais Garnier is the largest Opera House in Paris and located on the Avenue de l’Opéra. In absolute admiration to the Beaux-Arts style design of its architect Charles Garnier, it is one of the very few Opera houses worldwide which is named after their architects: Palais Garnier. Besides the stunning architecture, this house has the honour to house one of world's very best Ballet companies - the Paris Opera Ballet. The magic accumulated in the halls of this opera inspired Gaston Leroux in 1910 to publish the novel "The Phantom of the Opera", which later was adapted to a world-famous musical and even a movie.
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