Opera is boring? Hard to understand? Just for the posh?
Naturally, we cannot agree on this. However, we are sure we can agree on one thing: The opera houses itself are just stunning. Some are filled with red velvet, heavy ornaments and the biggest chandeliers, others are modern with lots of glass and fresh architecture. But all of them worth following on Instagram.
If those walls could talk, we would hear some good stories, don't you think?
There are many more beautiful opera houses in the world, but since we have limited space we narrowed them down to the ones we like the most.
Teatr Wilki takes "Grand" to a new level. It is one of the biggest theatres not only in Europe but in the World! If only for the WOW-factor you should follow them.
Yes, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia looks like a helmet or even a cruise ship! But there is more than meets the eye. This amazing building located in Valencia, Spain was designed and constructed by a son of the city, Santiago Calavatra. It rises more 14 stories high, but there are also three more stories below ground, making it the tallest opera house in the world!
3. Guangzhou Opera House in China
Guangzhou Opera House is not very active on Instagram, we give you that. Instagram is blocked on mainland China. But this opera house was designed by the late architecture genius Zaha Hadid. So it is safe to say, this is an Instagram-worthy building. The program is very international with companies from all over the world making a stop at this granite masterpiece.
If you have never seen the Norwegian opera house in your life, how would you imagine the Norwegian opera house would look like? A modern structure, a clean design, lots of glass and just a Scandinavian look?
You would be right on all points.
Den Norske Opera & Ballett does a great job to take you backstage and show you all the details and interesting titbits that make opera and ballet so much fun and entertaining.
The Drottningholm Palace Theatre is special by all accounts. One of the few 18th-century theatres left, this opera house is located on the grounds of the Drottningholm Palace where the Royal family resides. The stage machinery is still operated by hand and today it is recognised as international cultural heritage significant. Follow them for lots of details of a time long gone. This opera house will certainly transport you into an exiting past.
6. Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Spain
There are opera houses and then there is Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. The rich facade spills over into the inside of the opera house. Dynamic shapes meets lots of colours. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site that not only brings opera to its audience but also jazz and Cançó.
Everything you ever thought you would see in an opera house, that was founded under the sun king, Louis XIV, you will get at the Opéra National de Paris. Long staircases, lots of gold and heavy velvet, yes, Louis XIV would still love this house!
Not only the house is worth to look at, also the Instagram channel. The Paris Opera found a way to make their channel a lot of fun and you should take the time to check it out every once in a while in its entirety, not only photo by photo.
Don't miss out on the other, modern opera house that Paris has to offer Paris has another - Opéra Bastille.
No list of beautiful opera houses without mentioning the iconic Sydney Opera. It sure is one of the most famous buildings in the World. Since this venue is not only used for operas but also for various concerts, it has a beautiful restaurant and you could even climb to the top if you dare. All of that can be seen on the very active Instagram channel.
Some things go together like peanut butter and jelly. Opera (and ballet) and La Scala is one of them. The whole account is filled with beautiful photos of dancers and singers on stage and in rehearsal. Did you know that the most critical audience sits in the "loggione", the least expensive seats? If these patrons don't like what they see, they will let you know. Just ask Roberto Alangna, who was booed off stage in 2006!
10. The Metropolitan Opera New York, USA
It is true, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. Not a singer of distincition what hasn't been on this stage! This channel shows you great photos from the past and present and even the occasional marriage proposal that takes place with the MET as a gorgeous backdrop.