Friday, May 29, 2009

Top 10 Fridays: Modern Opera Houses

Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic and recognizable buildings in the world. The opera house, completed in 1973, broke the mold and paved the way for modern design principles now being applied to opera houses around the world.

Just because opera is a "traditional" artform, that doesn't mean opera houses have to look Neo-Classical or Baroque. No longer do opera houses have to have all the gilt, frescoed ceilings, chandeliers and other accoutrements.

It's okay to look progressive or futuristic. In fact, it absolutely rocks. Why blend in when you can stand out?

To launch our first weekly Top 10 feature, here's our picks for 10 Modern Opera Houses (in no particular order). We invite you to take our poll located on the right sidebar and tell us your pick for the #1 Modern Opera House. Make your voices heard and we'll post the results next week!

"The Armadillo" aka Wales Millenium Centre
Cardiff, Wales

GöteborgsOperan aka Gothenburg Opera
Gothenburg, Sweden

Kansallisooppera aka The Finnish National Opera
Helsinki, Finland

Four Seasons Opera House
Toronto, Canada

El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía aka Queen Sofia Palace of the Arts
Valencia, Spain

Palace of Peace and Reconciliation
Astana, Kazakhstan

Oslo Opera House
Oslo, Norway

Esplanade-Theatres by the Bay
Singapore City, Singapore

"The Egg" aka National Centre for the Performing Arts
Beijing, China

Operaen aka Copenhagen Opera House
Copenhagen, Denmark

~ Ling Chan

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