A real concert makes great changes in the lives of artists. The most important thing in gaining popularity among visitors, in addition to one’s talent and manners on the stage, is choosing the right venue for a concert or any other event. The hall, where maybe the most important event in your life is going to take place, should be equipped with up-to-date facilities, an appropriate sound system, lights and everything else that accompanies the show. These days there are thousands of famous concert halls located all around the world, but some are better than others and some are much more famous, much like these ten…
10. Gothenburg Concert Hall, Sweden
The concert hall is located in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was built in 1935. With its yellow bricks and Swedish marble, the Concert Hall is a nice monument of art, design and culture. The hall has a Neo-Classical exterior, however, the interior is more modernistic. The hall has 1300 seats. A great number of rock bands have chosen this venue for their concerts since its acoustics are ranked as the world’s best ones. The Concert Hall is also the home stage of the Gothenburg Symphony.
9. David Geffen Hall, USA
Home of the New York Philharmonic, the concert hall is a part of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts complex. The hall has about 2700 seats. The hall opened in 1962. It was later named after Avery Fisher, a member of the Philharmonic board of Directors, for his donation to the orchestra in 1973. The world premiere of Steven Spielberg’s film War Horse was held in Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday 4 December 2011.
8. Dolby Theatre, USA
This is a very famous entertainment theatre in Hollywood, USA, that has one of the largest stages throughout the country. The seating capacity of the hall is 3300. The venue is most famous for annual ceremonies, such as the Oscar, which has taken place here since 2002, a year after the Theatre opened. Other events like concerts, shows and even private ceremonies, like weddings are held here. Such celebrities as Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and others have appeared on the theatre stage.
7. Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and Opera Theatre, Russia
The famous theatre of opera and ballet was opened in 1860, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Soon it became the music theatre for such famous genius like Tchaikovsky. The Mariinsky Theatre is home to the Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Opera and Mariinsky Orchestra. Unfortunately, during the period of the 900-day Siege of Leningrad Mariinsky Theatre became a victim. It was seriously damaged. However, in 1944, the latter was restored completely and from that time on it has maintained its reputation, especially thanks to its classical ballet.
6. Carnegie Hall, USA
Another concert hall located in New York is Carnegie Hall. The hall has 2800 seats. During the years from 1892 until 1962, the main hall served as a venue for the performances of the New York Philharmonic. The hall was designed by famous architect William Burnet Tuthill. The concert hall was built in 1891 by Andrew Carnegie, who was a philanthropist. It is a famous venue for classical music and is home to numerous music concerts worldwide. Carnegie Hall possesses its special artistic programming, as well as its own marketing departments.
5. Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy (Accor Arena), France
This is an indoor sports arena and a concert hall, opened in 1984, on boulevard de Bercy, Paris. Thanks to its design and modularity Paris-Bercy is an ideal venue for any ceremony since it has a range of technical applications for unlimited sound, lighting and special effects. The concert capacity is 17.000. Many celebrities have given preference to this concert hall. Among them are Celine Dion, Sting and Kylie Minogue.
4. Walt Disney Concert Hall, USA
Walt Disney Concert hall is number 4 hall of Los Angeles Concert Music Center. In 1987, an initial gift was offered by Lillian Disney for building this venue. It was a great gift to the people of Los Angeles. The hall was designed by Frank Gehry and opened in 2003 only. It is home to Los Angeles Philharmonic. The seating capacity of the hall is 2265. The concert hall has fine acoustics.
3. Vienna Konzerthaus, Austria
The famous concert house of Vienna was opened in 1913. The architects were Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer. The entire building consists of three halls. The good thing here is the possibility to hold 3 concerts simultaneously since the walls are sound-proofed. The maximum capacity of seats of the main hall is 1800.
2. Sydney Opera House, Australia
Sydney Opera House, a multi-venue centre in Sydney, was built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. The entire design of the building cost about $100 million dollars. It was completed in 1973. In 2007, the Sydney Opera House became UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Opera House is indeed considered as one of the 20th century’s most attractive buildings, as well as it ranks as one of the most popular arts centres worldwide. In addition to this, it is also Australia’s most famous tourist attraction.
1. Metropolitan Opera House, USA
Number one ranked venue is the Metropolitan Opera House, located at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The Met was established in 1883. It is the largest classical music organization in North America, with a seating capacity of about 4000. More than 2 dozen of operas are played here each season. Several leading roles have been sung here by Placido Domingo and Enrico Caruso.
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