La Scala, Milan
One of the world’s most important opera venues, renowned conductors including Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, and Daniel Barenboim has commanded the podium at La Scala. Verdi’s opera, ‘Nabucco’, and Puccini’s ‘Turandot’ and ‘Madame Butterfly’ are among the classic operas premiered here.
The Vienna Musikverein is home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The annual Vienna New Year’s Concert is held here in the hall’s fantastic acoustic.
Sydney Opera House
Completed in 1973, the Sydney Opera House has become one of the world’s most iconic buildings. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
Boston Symphony Hall
Built in 1900 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Hall is modeled on the second Gewandhaus concert hall in Leipzig, which was later destroyed in World War II.
Vienna State Opera
The Vienna State Opera has played host to some of the most famous musical directors ever to grace the podium. Gustav Mahler was the director of the Vienna State Opera from 1897–1907.
The iconic hall, built in 1891, is the subject of an anecdotal joke. A pedestrian reportedly stopped violinist Jascha Heifetz, and asked him how to get to Carnegie Hall. Heifetz replied: “Practice!”
Metropolitan Opera House
Known as ‘The Met’, the Metropolitan Opera House officially opened on 16 September 1966 with the world premiere of Barber’s opera, ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. It’s part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Royal Albert Hall
Opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall is not just a classical venue: each year it hosts more than 350 events, from rock concerts to charity events. The initial acoustic problems in the hall have been solved by large discs suspended from the ceiling.
Lush green gardens, vast lawns, champagne, picnics, and world-class opera performances. Glyndebourne Festival Opera is held on a country estate in East Sussex, where opera-goers can enjoy the surroundings before attending a performance in the theatre.
One of the best acoustics for concerts in the world, the Concertgebouw opened on 11 April 1888 with a concert of Wagner, Handel, Bach, and Beethoven. It’s home to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.