The Show Must Go On: The Most Spectacular Theaters
One of the best ways to get to know a new city is to check out what entertainment it offers its citizens. Looking at the number of active theaters in a city and how they’re used is a great way to get to know a city’s priorities. Are these beautiful, historic buildings empty half the time, or are they constantly in use by local artists, putting on entertainment that is both meaningful and interesting?
As our world globalizes, local arts organizations become even more important. Luckily, many governments around the world had the foresight to build amazing theatres for their citizens and visitors to enjoy. Here are some of the spectacular theaters from around the world.
Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Opera House, which opened in 1973, was commissioned by the government of New South Wales as a way to promote cultural enlightenment while still paying tribute to the lives of the people who lived on the land for centuries.
The building, with its distinctive white waves, was designed by architect Jørn Utzon, and is the number one most visited tourist attraction in all of Australia. The building houses eight performance spaces, ranging from the tiny Utzon Room to the massive Concert Hall. There are several performing arts organizations that call this space home, which represent the best of Australian theater, opera, and classical music.