The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World

Rising from the Oslofjord inlet like an iceberg is the Oslo Opera House. Co.Design recently wrote about a faceted wall installation inside the modern performance space created by Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson. Glowing walls line the foyer, adding a striking effect. We felt inspired by the design and went searching for some of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. These grandiose venues conjure the drama, history, and craft associated with the art form. Take a trip around the world in our gallery, where we’ve selected 15 of the most stunning spaces for opera aficionados and architecture/design lovers.

Photo credit: David Leventi

Palais Garnier — Paris

Charles Garnier created the opulent real-life setting of Gaston Leroux’s 1911 novel, The Phantom of the Opera.