mastery-art-perfection-beauty: thenewmanhattanite: Audience at gala on the last night in the old Metropolitan Opera House before the company moved to new home at Lincoln Center. April, Photograph by Henry Groskinsky. (via TumbleOn)
The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London hosts world-renowned opera productions.
Now part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, Drottningholms Slottsteater made its mark on Stockholm in 1766, when Queen Lovisa Ulrika commissioned architect Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz to build the theater. Materials such as stucco and papier-mâché are vivid reminders of its golden days, but the most delightful is the wood stage machinery, which is still operated by hand. Even some of the 18th-century original stage sets have been salvaged.
Known for its predilection for Mozart operas, the Estates Theater in Prague unites a charming mix of ceiling paintings, stucco, and papier-mâché.