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21 June 2010

1993 – Opéra Nouvel, Lyon, France

Architect: Jean Nouvel In 1756, one of the first opera houses created inside an existing freestanding building was opened in Lyon. It was designed by Jacques-Germain Soufflot, the architect of the Panthéon in...

30 April 2010

1883 – Old Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Architect: J. Cleaveland Cady / Carrere & Hastings The Old Metropolitan Opera House was built in 1883 near Times Square, and was the first home of the Metropolitan Opera Company. Nicknamed “The Yellow...

30 January 2010

1880 – Alte Oper, Frankfurt

Architect: Richard Lucae Opened by Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1880, the building was financed by wealthy Frankfurt citizens and was designed in Italian Renaissance style by Richard Lucae. Destroyed in a 1944 air...

01 December 2009

1875 – Théâtre National de l’Opéra, Paris

Architect: Charles Garnier This is the thirteenth building to house the Paris Opera since the Opera was founded in 1669. Constructed as part of the great building programme which included the great boulevards...

25 November 2009

1989 – Opéra de la Bastille, Paris

Architect: Carlos Ott The result of a gigantic international competition, this building is one of the more maligned of the Grands Projets (Mitterrand’s 15 billion franc program to provide a series of modern...

05 November 2009

1965 – Cork Opera House, Cork

Architect: Scott Tallon Walker The Opera House replaced an older building on this site that burned down in December 1955. Originally built as the Athenaeum, the older building was developed to house exhibitions...

02 October 2009

1793 – Teatro Nacional de Sà£o Carlos, Lisbon

Architect: José da Costa e Silva The Teatro Nacional de Sà£o Carlos is Lisbon’s opera house and was opened in 1793 by Queen Maria I as a replacement for the Tejo Opera House,...

24 September 2009

1895 – Grand Opera House, Belfast

Architect: Frank Matcham Built between 1894-5 and damaged by bombs during the troubles and then restored, the Grand Opera House is a Belfast landmark with its ebullient and eclectic exterior. The exterior features...

07 September 2009

1973 – Sydney Opera House

Architect: Jørn Utzon The Sydney Opera House is one of the most distinctive and famous 20th-century buildings, and one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world. Situated on Bennelong Point...