Very often you listen to your favorite music while walking, driving or doing your daily activities, but nothing can be compared with experiencing live music in concert halls with great acoustics. Most of the music venues are wonders themselves and enjoying a concert there is much more desirable. Here are 10 of the most beautiful music venues in the world.
1. Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
From an architectural viewpoint the building is out of this world. Esplanade reflects the present-day personality of Singapore and is indeed a challenge to conservatism. The building resembles a melting honeycomb and the aluminum shades of the structure maximize natural light. The international and local performances attract millions of visitors annually.
2. Margravial Opera House Bayreuth
This World Heritage–listed Baroque opera house in Bayreuth, Germany, features wonderful frescoes and a bell-shaped auditorium of tiered loges. The iconological properties and the fantastic acoustic set this venue apart. Being an urban element in the public space, this opera house is an innovational one, because the buildings of that kind were only located within a palace at that times.
3. Sydney Opera House
Most of us say “Australia” and imagine kangaroos, but there is another thing about this continent, which is associated with it most of the time: Sydney Opera House. This iconic landmark radiates the glory of stylish, arty Sidney. This both dynamic and cosmopolitan city is famed by its opera house all over the world. The opera house is integrated harmoniously into the landscape and is a wonder in its own right.
4. Red Rocks, Morrison, Colorado
Nestled in the heart of red sandstone rocks, this amphitheater is unique in its own right. The stunning views and starry skies are a magnet attracting many visitors to marvel this unrivaled beauty. This acoustically perfect venue is a captivating experience, even if it’s silent. The hiking trails around are a complete bliss for tourists with an adventurous heart.
5. The Royal Albert Hall, London
For the construction of this building more than five million red bricks were used together with thousands of terracotta blocks. The iron dome of the building was the biggest at that time. The huge rotunda has indeed a royal splendor and is an internationally recognized symbol alongside other iconic landmarks of London.
6. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
The roof of this gravity-defying building hosts both contemporary bands and classic concerts. The stainless steel exterior aside, the excellent sightlines from all parts of the auditorium and the perfect acoustics are the main characteristic features of this venue. The guided tours are available most of the days, but seeing a show is the best way to experience the hall.
7. National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing
The spectacular size and silhouette of the hall are considered a marvel by modernists, who compare the exterior of the building to an egg. The surreal location adds more charm to the hall, which contrasts sharply with the nearby Forbidden City. This representative of modern Chinese architecture is indeed a challenge to anything traditional.
8. Auditorio de Tenerife, Canary Islands
The white wave of the auditorium resembles the Sydney Opera House, but that doesn’t mean it’s not unique in its own right. Though the guided tours of the Auditorio de Tenerife in the Canary Islands (Spain) are in Spanish only, you can still enjoy traipsing around this remarkable building, spectacular in size and silhouette. The incredible design of the building and the sheer size of the arch, which by the way has only two points of support, characterize a cutting-edge architectural ingenuity.
9. Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico
This splendid white-marble palace is a mix of neoclassical and art nouveau styles. However the interior is completed in modern art deco style. Built in 1905 this incredible structure was meant to replace the old one, which was apparently not lavish enough. Unfortunately, there are no self-guided tours and the palace is available for viewing at performances, such as seasonal opera and symphony.
10. The Royal Opera House Muscat
This opera house in Muscat (Oman) is quite young and to say that it brims with history isn’t that right, but the exterior resembles a palace with Arabesque design. The world-class program has already won international acclaim. Even if you don’t intend to see a show, the magnificent interior alone is worth the visit. One more thing for those who can’t stand operas, since they don’t understand the language: the interactive seat back display will provide a simultaneous translation.