I love opera. It captivated me at a very young age. Ever since I can remember, I was fascinated by this unique form of musical storytelling. When I lived in New York City, I could not resist attending every performance that took place at the Metropolitan.
Attending an opera is a unique experience and one that I guarantee you will never forget. Most people really enjoy the performance and end up becoming lifelong fans. If you live in Europe and want to give opera a go, you are very lucky. In that part of the world, you have easy access to dozens of opera houses, which host thousands of performances. Here is a short list of some of the best of those venues.
Visit one of Vienna’s three opera houses
The Viennese got the opera bug early, just 19 years after the first one was performed in Italy. In 1622, the Italian Empress Eleonora of Gonzaga introduced the city to this art form. The city’s residents loved it.
At one point this tiny city had seven full-sized opera houses. Today, three of these major venues are still open, so Vienna Opera Tickets are relatively easy to come by. However, more tourists are deciding to make spending a night at the opera a part of their Viennese experience. As a result, tickets can sell out quickly, so always check availability before firming up on your travel dates.
Enjoy an open-air opera in Rome, Italy
Rome is a fantastic city to visit. When it comes to opera, Rome has a long history. There are three theatres in the city which offer full-scale performances. The Teatro Brancaccio, Teatro Argentina, and Teatro dell’Opera are all great venues. If you would like to experience seeing an opera in a modern setting, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is the place to head to.
But, you really cannot beat seeing a performance at the Terme di Caracalla. This open-air theatre is located in the grounds of the ancient Roman baths. It is an enchanting place, which has a very special ambiance.
La Scala, Milan, Italy
For opera lovers, Milan’s Teatro Alla Scala is something of a Mecca. This venue’s unique acoustics are special enough to be appreciated by everyone including those of you who are new to opera.
The Royal Opera House, London, England
This 18th Century opera house is located in Covent Garden. It is an exciting place to visit that is close to many of London’s important sights. So, potentially you could do some sightseeing and finish off your day by attending the opera. There is no special dress code for this venue, so you will not have to worry about returning you your hotel to get changed.
Details of more opera venues
If none of the above opera performance venues appeals to you, take a look at this article. Once you have clicked through to it you will be presented with a list of the top 10 opera countries by numbers of performances, per year.