La Scala, the Bolshoi, the Palais Garnier… These legendary monuments were designed to serve an entire art: opera. Les plus beaux Operas du monde (The World’s Most Beautiful Opera Houses) offers an insight into thirty prestigious theatres, from Tokyo to New York to Europe. Whether they be Baroque masterpieces, showcases of romanticism or futuristic flagships, these opera houses are all feats of architectural and acoustical prowess. Their historic walls still echo with the works that were first performed within them—signed Mozart, Verdi and Wagner—not to mention the buzz from the political battles they kindled. Beyond the auditorium itself, this beautiful book also takes us behind the scenes to areas the public rarely sees. Exceptional photographs accompany you on an extraordinary and spectacular tour of these legendary venues. A journey to the centre of a world of illusion.