Opera music first surfaced in Western Europe at the end of the 16th century, with Jacopo Peri’s Dafne performed in Florence, Italy in 1598. Since then, opera music and visiting opera houses have become an long-term habit for those that cherish classical music, theater and Victorian glamor.
Today, a ticket to some of the most prestigious opera houses can costs hundreds if not thousands of dollars, so we thought we’d give you a peak into some of the most grandiose opera houses around the world.
Le Palais Garnier – Paris
Once Paris’s preeminent opera house, Le Palais Garnier was constructed in 1861 and is located in the 9th arrondissement or quarter of the city. The opera house was originally called La Salle des Capucines after its location, but the name was later changed to honor the structure’s architect, Charles Garnier. Today, Le Palais Garnier is only mostly for ballet performances, but it still remains one of the most famous opera houses in the world.
The Metropolitan Opera – New York City
Located in the center of New York City at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Metropolitan Opera (also known as the Met) is in fact the largest classical music organization in North America. The Met puts on about 27 different operas each year, includes a large symphony-sized orchestra, a chorus and a children’s choir. The Met company also employs thousands of dancers, actors, musicians, and numerous other performers, including famous opera singers like Renee Fleming and Placido Domingo.
The Sydney Opera House – Sydney