Hanoi, the second largest city of Vietnam, is a city with a long and vibrant history. From being the administrative centre of French Indochina, to being the capital of North Vietnam, Hanoi has been one of the most important cities in the history of Vietnam, and this is home to many cultural and historical attractions. Hanoi’s bustling tourism and hospitality has resulted in the opening of many luxury hotels, such as Somerset Grand Hanoi; which offers serviced accommodation in Hanoi.
One of Hanoi’s most iconic and cultural landmarks is the reputed Hanoi Opera House. This 102 year old French-Colonial style opera house was one of the first of its kind in the region, and is considered to be both a historical and architecturally beautiful structure. Hosting numerous operas, musicals and productions, Hanoi Opera House is a must-see attraction for any lover of theatre, opera and drama.
The Hanoi Opera House is located in Trang Tien, and was constructed in 1911. Boasting glorious French neoclassical and eclectic architectural features, this opera house is a landmark that defines the skyline in the Trang Tien region. The opera house was sharply resembles the famous Palais Garnier Opera House in France, thus giving its visitors an almost authentic French opera experience. Originally the Hanoi Opera House played only French and western productions, and reverted mainly to Vietnamese productions post independence from the French. However, today the opera house and its company host many western productions with the accompaniment of the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. The company also includes the National Ballet, which has resulted in the Hanoi Opera House having been host to famous ballet productions such as Swan Lake and other Vietnamese ballet shows. With a seating capacity of close 600, a grand stage, quality acoustics, and the aura of an authentic French opera house, the Hanoi Opera House is truly a remarkable symbol of culture and the arts.
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