World’s Most Recognizable Opera House, Plus 7 Equally as Stunning

With the birth of opera in the late 16th century came a demand for structures big enough and luxurious enough to hold lavish productions that combined music and theater. 

While the Sydney Opera House may be the world’s most recognizable opera house, others are equally as impressive. Enjoy this list of eight incredible opera houses around the globe.

World’s Most Recognizable Opera House

Located on Bennelong Point in Sydney, Australia, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is easily recognized by its one-of-a-kind design. Although initially expected to cost $7 million and take four years to build, it took $104 million and 14 years to construct. 

1. Sydney Opera House: The Most Recognizable in the World

2. La Scala: The World’s Most Famous Opera House

Although commonly referred to as La Scala, the full name of this Milan, Italy, opera house is The Teatro alla Scalla. It is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. 

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La Scala opened on August 3, 1778, and was initially called the New Royal-Ducal Theatre alla Scala. It was home to many opera and ballet performances before being heavily damaged during World War II. 

3.Metropolitan Opera House: The Largest in the World

Originally built in 1883 by one of New York’s millionaires, Faust was the first opera ever performed on its stage. Later, the decision was made to move it to a new location, and a much larger, grander opera house was constructed. 

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