Modern venues for the Performing Arts

Below is a selection of the World's most modern opera houses.

  • National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing
    National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing

    Year built: 2008
    Architect: Paul Andreau
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  • Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin
    Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin

    Year Built: 1963
    Architect: Hans Scharoun
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  • Operaen, Köpenhamn
    Operaen, Copenhagen

    Year built: 2005
    Architect: Henning Larsen
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  • Det Kongelige Teater, Köpenhamn
    Det Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen

    Year built: 2008,
    Architect: Lundgaard & Tranberg
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  • Opera, Dubai
    Opera, Dubai (Project)

    Architects: Hadid & Schumacher
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  • Glyndebourne Opera House, Glyndebourne
    Glyndebourne Opera House, Glyndebourne

    Year built: 1994
    Architect: Michael Hopkins
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  • Suomen Kansallisooppera, Helsingfors
    Suomen Kansallisooppera, Helsinki

    Year built: 1977-1993
    Architect: Hyvamäki-Karhunen
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  • Nouvel Opera House, Lyon
    Nouvel Opera House, Lyon

    Year built: 1993
    Architect: Jean Nouvel
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  • The Metropolitan Opera House, New York
    The Metropolitan Opera House, New York

    Year built: 1966
    Architect: Walter K Harris
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  • Operaen, Oslo
    Operaen, Oslo

    Year built: 2008
    Architect: Snöhetta
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  • Opera de la Bastille, Paris
    Opera de la Bastille, Paris

    Year built: 1989
    Architect: Carl Ott
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  • Parco di Musica, Rom
    Parco di Musica, Rome

    Year built: 2002
    Architect: Renzo Piano
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  • Sydney Opera House, Sydney
    Sydney Opera House, Sydney

    Year built: 1956/1973
    Architect: Jörn Utzon
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  • Tenerife Concert Hall, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
    Tenerife Concert Hall, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    Year built: 2003
    Architect: Santiago Calatrava
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  • Valencia Opera House, Valencia
    Valencia Opera House, Valencia

    Year built: 2005
    Architect: Santiago Calatrava
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  • Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik
    Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik

    Year built: 2011
    Architect: Henning Larsen
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  • Oriental Art Center, Shanghai
    Oriental Art Center, Shanghai

    Year built: 2004
    Architect: Paul Andreau
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About The Initiative

We are committed to achieving our vision of creating a modern, national stage for song, music and dance.

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Supporters / sponsors

• Royal Swedish Opera
• Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
• Jacob Wallenberg Foundation
• The Kjell and Märta Beijer Foundation
• Elisabeth Douglas
• Tengbom Architects
• Anonymous sponsors

Open Opera

Open Opera is a project within the Opera Initiative. The objective is to find new ways to reach a wider audience for the Opera in the future.
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