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Some are steeped in history, others demonstrate the best of modern architecture - discover the most iconic venues for classical music, where some of the world's greatest music was heard for the first time.
One of the world's most important opera venues, renowned conductors including Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim have commanded the podium at La Scala. Verdi's opera, 'Nabucco', and Puccini's 'Turandot' and 'Madame Butterfly' are among the classic operas premiered here.
The Vienna Musikverein is home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The annual Vienna New Year's Concert is held here in the hall's fantastic acoustic.
Completed in 1973, the Sydney Opera House has become one of the world's most iconic buildings. It was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
Built in 1900 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Hall is modeled on the second Gewandhaus concert hall in Leipzig, which was later destroyed in World War II.
The Vienna State Opera has played host to some of the most famous musical directors ever to grace the podium. Gustav Mahler was the director of the Vienna State Opera from 1897–1907.
The iconic hall, built in 1891, is the subject of an anecdotal joke. A pedestrian reportedly stopped violinist Jascha Heifetz, and asked him how to get to Carnegie Hall. Heifetz replied: "Practice!"
Known as 'The Met', the Metropolitan Opera House officially opened on 16 September 1966 with the world premiere of Barber's opera, 'Antony and Cleopatra'. It's part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall is not just a classical venue: each year it hosts more than 350 events, from rock concerts to charity events. The initial acoustic problems in the hall have been solved by large discs suspended from the ceiling.
Lush green gardens, vast lawns, champagne, picnics, and world-class opera performances. Glyndebourne Festival Opera is held on a country estate in East Sussex, where opera-goers can enjoy the surroundings before attending a performance in the theatre.
One of the best acoustics for concerts in the world, the Concertgebouw opened on 11 April 1888 with a concert of Wagner, Handel, Bach, and Beethoven. It's home to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
It's hard to imagine a time when music by Russian masters Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky didn't exist, but the lucky audience members at the Mariinsky Theatre were treated to the world premieres of some of classical music's finest works. Mussorgsky's 'Boris Godunov' was first performed there in 1874, and the revised version of Prokofiev's ballet, 'Romeo and Juliet', was first seen in 1940.
The Palais Garnier was the primary home of the Paris Opera until 1989. The theatre was inaugurated in 1875, where the audience heard music from classic operas including Rossini's 'William Tell', and Meyerbeer's 'Les Huguenots'.
Part of the Los Angeles Music Center and home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the interesting looking hall was designed by prize-winning architect, Frank Gehry. It opened in 2003.
Another relatively young concert venue, the Sage, centre for musical education, performance and conferences, opened in 2004. As well as the resident orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, classical musicians including Mitsuko Uchida and Emma Kirkby have performed in the hall.
Dedicated solely to performing operas by Richard Wagner, this opera house is the venue for the annual Bayreuth Festival. The orchestra pit is covered, underneath the stage, because Wagner didn't want the audience to be distracted by the instrumentalists - they should be looking at the drama on stage!