Kempinski Blog Article
For a night spent in the most stylish of manners, few activities rival an evening that includes a visit to the theatre. Sumptuous surroundings, thrilling performances and the excitement of the live music experience are all excellent reasons to visit any theatre, and there is also something to be said for visiting the world's best theatrical locations too.
The Bolshoi, Moscow
Opened in 1856 on Tsar Alexander II's coronation day and designed by Joseph Bové, Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre is one of the most well-known cultural institutions in the world.
The beautiful neoclassical columned building is home to excellent performances of ballet, opera and classical music that cannot be enjoyed anywhere else in the world – the walk through the building's elegant foyer serves as a prologue for the exceptional performances being held. See the marvel of the Bolshoi Theatre while staying at the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow.
La Fenice, Venice
An exquisite theatre, decked lavishly in gold sculptures, beautifully vibrant paintings and other typically Venetian finery, La Fenice – Italian for "the phoenix" – is renowned as one of the ancestral homes of operatic theatre. As its name suggests, the opera house has repeatedly risen from the ashes through its history.
Although the present building is a recreation of the 1837 original that fell victim to arson in 1997, the subsequent reconstruction was designed to be as faithful as possible, resulting in the dazzling neoclassical design that visitors enjoy today.
Margravial Opera House, Bayreuth
A three hour drive from Frankfurt, guests at the Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt can take a day trip to experience the Margravial Opera House, located in the pretty town of Bayreuth.
Combining French and Italian decorative styles, the opera house was opened in 1748, and is one of Europe's oldest theatres, featuring on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The interior is opulent, wreathed in gilt, and features many classical statues and glittering lights, many of which date back to the eighteenth century.
The theatre is not all looks though; the immense depth of the auditorium meant that Richard Wagner himself was one of the venue's greatest admirers.
Palais Garnier, Paris
Opened in 1875, the Palais Garnier is Paris' prime opera house, and one of the world's most famous theatres. Designed by Charles Garnier, the awe-inspiring structure features a wonderful grand staircase, an elegant and magnificent auditorium – containing a chandelier weighing some eight tons – and all sorts of mosaicked, intricately plastered and gilded halls. Quite simply, there is no building richer or more elegant in the entire city, a reason in itself to visit.
Shakespeare's Globe, London
Despite being a replica of Shakespeare's original seventeenth century theatre, today the Globe is just as magnificent as it was four hundred years ago.
Rebuilt close to the site of the original building in 1997, the theatre has been faithfully restored to a near-identical state, so much so that its thatched roof is the only one that can be found in London. If you are a fan of the bard's plays, the Globe is the best place to see them.
Theatres are hotspots of culture and enjoyment. Next time you are visiting a far flung location, spend an evening taking in the local theatrics – you will not be disappointed.