Most Magical Music Locations Around the World
If you’re going to see an opera, ballet or even your favourite band, you may as well see it in style. Long gone are the days where I would stand in line all day to guarantee a spot right at the front of the stage to see a favourite band. Long gone are the days of enjoying being crammed in a sea of people which resulted once in a minor concussion from a crowd surfer and being carried out on a stretcher. I like to watch now from the comfort of a chair, preferably with a good view. What could be better than that? We’ll show you! From London to Israel, we’ve made a list of our top ten breathtaking venues around the world.
1. Royal Albert Hall - London, England
The Royal Albert Hall was opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria and named in memory of her late husband Prince Albert, who had died 6 years earlier. It hosts over 350 events a year. Home to the Proms, The Royal Albert Hall has had the world’s leading artists grace its stage and is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.
2. The Sultan’s Pool - Jerusalem, Israel
The Sultan’s Pool is an ancient water basin by the west side of Mount Zion in Jerusalem. It was part of the water supply network for Jerusalem from antiquity to late Ottoman Empire times. The Sultan’s pool now hosts modern music concerts, festivals and operas.
3. Dalhalla Amphitheatre - Rattvik, Sweden
Dalhalla Amphitheatre is an open-air theatre, located in a former limestone quarry in Sweden. The Dalhalla hosts 20-30 events each summer featuring opera, jazz and music concerts.
4. Sydney Opera House - Sydney, Australia
Home to Opera Australia, The Sydney Theatre company and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Opera House hosts more than 1,500 performances a year that are attended by 1.2 million people. The Opera House became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007.
5. Ephesus Amphitheatre - the ancient city of Ephesus, Turkey
Constructed in the third century BC, the theatre wasn’t just used for concerts and plays, but also for religious, political and philosophical discussions and for gladiator and animal fights! Excavations of Ephesus have been going on for over a decade and only 10% of Ephesus has been unearthed. The excavation will continue for many years to come.
6. Teatro Antico di Taormina - Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Taormina is not just known for its beautiful beaches and exceptional granitas, but also for its wonderful operatic and theatrical performances held at this beautiful venue, overlooking the Ionian Sea and sitting under the shadow of Mt. Etna.
7. Palais Garnier - Paris, France
Located in the heart of Paris, Palais Garnier is described as a ‘masterpiece’ and is known for being the location in which Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ was set.
8. Théâtre Antique d’Orange - Orange, France
A UNESCO World heritage site and now the home of the summer opera festival Chorégies d'Orange, this theatre was built in the 1st century AD and is one of the best-preserved Roman theatres. During the 16th Century it became a refuge for the people of the town during ‘The French Wars of Religion’.
9. Gorge Amphitheatre - George, Washington, USA
Located on the Columbia River in George, Washington this venue holds up to 27,500 and has been voted one of the best and most scenic outdoor venues in the USA.
10. Masada National Park – Massada, Israel.
Also a UNESCO world heritage site, this national park hosts concerts and more famously, the prestigious opera festival. The fortress of Masada was built in the year 30 BCE by King Herod and overlooks the Dead Sea.
If you’d like to see one of these spectacular venues on the big screen, you’re in luck – Sydney Opera House’s annual outdoor event is presenting La Bohème on Sydney Harbour in cinemas in various territories starting September. For locations, dates and ticket booking links, visit our Events page.