Standing in the heart of Hanoi, the opera house was located in a beautiful intersection downtown, where five main city roads lead to. It was erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911.
It’s a phenomenal piece of neo-classical French architecture featuring Gothic themes on the doors and domes with pillars, shuttered windows, balconies and a glass room. Musicians, actors and dancers play to a 600-strong audience delivering powerful operatic and classical performances, making it a very popular theatrical attraction.
The building is 34 meters above the ground and carried out in a total area of 2600 square meters with the 87-meter length and 30-meter width. The front facade impresses passerby with French neo-classical design shuttered windows, wrought iron balconies and tiled friezes. The interior overwhelms visitors with T-shape white marble staircase centered with red carpet, crystal chandeliers, large wall mirrors, Corinthian columns and colorful dome by colorful murals and reliefs.
The auditorium is 24 x 24 meters with three seat floors that include 589 velvet seats. Second and third floor are dedicated for private box seats. The building also has one meeting room called ‘Mirror Room’, 18 make-up rooms, two rooms for voice training, and a library in the back.
is the biggest theatre in Vietnam and speaks volumes as historical and cultural evidence of Vietnam under French rule. Visitors today will be entertained at this architectural landmark which features a range of events including local Vietnamese opera, traditional folk music, ballets and many international concerts.
You will need to purchase tickets to see the inside of the opera house although there are usually a host of concerts to choose from including drama, ballet and symphonies in addition to opera. The Hanoi Opera House is also the first choice for international meetings and conferences so check online when you are visiting to ensure a performance is scheduled.
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