Thursday, July 23, 2015

For some, a night at the theater sounds about
as fun as sticking your hand in a ceiling fan. But even Andrew Lloyd Webber
haters would willingly spend a few hours in these beautiful venues. Whether
it's the neobaroque state theater in Wiesbaden or the ultra-modern Guangzhou
Opera House, these theaters are incredible examples of both art and
architecture. Put on your finest opera glasses, which we know you have lying
around, and get going. Teatro la Fenice, Venice, Italy
On top of being drop-dead gorgeous, Venice's famed opera house
(above) has some serious history going for it. The theater has hosted
world premieres for composers like Verdi, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and
Stravinsky (look 'em up, they're legit) since it first opened in 1792. It's
also suffered a number of catastrophes—including a fire as recent as
1996—but it's still going strong in its 223rd season. More from
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Flickr/Kecko Seebühne, Bregenz, Austria
"Seebühne" means "sea stage" in German, and it's a fitting title, since this
theater is floating on the GD water. The Bregenz Festival first began staging
productions on Lake Constance in 1946, and eventually built a stage in
1950. The Seebühne now hosts everything from The Magic
Flute to West Side Story, but no matter the show, you can count on
some insane sets. (This one's from the 2011 production of André
Chénier. ) Flickr/Mina Mikhail
The Winter Garden Theatre, Toronto, Canada This Canadian gem
(below) is part of a double-decker theater and while the Elgin (the other
half) is great, it's the Winter Garden Theatre that gets all the attention.
Rightfully so, seeing as the walls are hand-painted to resemble a garden and
there are actual beech boughs hanging from the ceiling. It began as a
bustling vaudeville theater, but closed in 1928 when everyone got enamored
with the talkies instead. The Winter Garden Theatre sat there for decades,
until the Ontario Heritage Trust launched a multi-million dollar restoration
in 1987. They had to clean the whole place with raw bread dough to avoid
damaging the original artwork on the walls, but clearly, it was worth the
wasted yeast. Shutterstock
Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona, Spain Walk into the concert
auditorium of this landmark (below) and you'll be confronted with
beautiful stained glass, tiled mosaics, and marble sculptures at every turn.
It's considered a masterpiece of the Catalan Art Nouveau scene, and is the
only concert venue in that style to earn coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site
status. Suck it, Lluís Domènech i Montaner wannabes. See more
of the most stunning theaters over on thrillist. com.
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