Ho Guom Opera House Named as One of the Top 10 Opera Houses in the World

The Ho Guom Opera House, the sole representative of Vietnam included in the list, has been selected as one of the top 10 opera houses in the world by 10 Best of the World Travel Awards (WTA) website.

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The Ho Guom Opera House is a culturally iconic structure in Hanoi. Construction on the building began in December 2021 and it was inaugurated in July, as stated on the website.

It features a large auditorium with a capacity of 900 guests and a smaller hall that can accommodate 500 guests.

The Ho Guom Opera House is a unique blend of modern and traditional cultural and artistic spaces, serving as a venue for cultural and artistic programs, conferences, seminars, as well as large-scale cultural and political events.

The Ho Guom Opera House features a large auditorium with a capacity of 900 guests and a smaller hall that can accommodate 500 guests. Photo: Hanoitimes

Moreover, it serves as a welcoming venue for artistic troupes and renowned artists from around the world to perform, according to the website of 10 Best.

The list of the world’s 10 best opera houses also includes Wiener Staatsoper and Teatro di San Carlo of Italy, the Metropolitan Opera of the United States, the Opéra de Paris of France, Teatro Alla Scala of Italy, the Bolshoi Theater of Russia, the Royal Opera House of the UK, Sydney Opera House of Australia, and Teatro Colón of Argentina.

Each opera house showcases cultural heritage and architectural brilliance. From the historic walls resonating with timeless arias to the modern stages where innovation meets tradition, these opera houses are not just venues for performances, but sanctuaries of art and music, according to 10 Best.

Each opera house features a beacon of cultural heritage and architectural brilliance. Photo: Saigon Times

The Ho Guom Opera House mesmerizes visitors with its ancient European architecture, adorned with luxury and splendor. It boasts 52 monolithic stone columns imported directly from Spain. The ceiling lighting scheme in the theater’s main hall is inspired by the starry night sky, creating a magical ambiance at night.

Every design detail of the roof system and interior of the theater pays homage to Vietnamese culture, depicting traditional patterns such as the sun, crane, Dong Son bronze drums, and ethnic musical instruments.

Situated on a 5,000m2 area at 40-40A Hang Bai Street, the Ho Guom Opera House is one of the landmarks of the capital city, surrounded by cultural works and historical sites. It forms a cultural, artistic, and entertainment complex around Hoan Kiem Lake, contributing to the promotion of tourism and the socio-economic development of Hanoi.

The Ho Guom Opera House boasts modern facilities of international standards. Photo: Hanoitimes

The Ho Guom Opera House is equipped with modern facilities of international standards. The large auditorium can seat 900 guests, while the small auditorium can accommodate 500 guests. The stage is expandable and can accommodate up to 90 musicians. It can rotate to create a music pit, providing clear views of the stage for the audience. The lighting systems offer the best ambiance for the auditorium. The modern stage system creates stunning theatrical scenes.

This venue will exhibit both Vietnamese and international artworks. With its two auditoriums and the most modern stage in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, the Ho Guom Opera House can cater to a variety of art forms, from ballet to musicals, from Western symphonies to Vietnamese traditional and modern music, theater, and other art forms.

This cultural institution offers a modern art and culture space blended with tradition, complementing the historical and cultural landscape around Sword Lake. It completes a cultural complex in the heart of Hanoi.

The Prime Minister highly praised this project for its inclusive design, which includes separate pathways for people with disabilities and a harmonious blend of Vietnam’s heroic historical and cultural traditions with the world’s cutting-edge technology.

Charlotte Pho