Vienna Staatsoper, Vienna, Austria

It is important to showcase this beautiful, Viennese opera house that was built in 1869 as historically, Vienna was home to music and stalwarts like Mozart and Beethoven who performed and created music here. The Staatsoper was inaugurated with a performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and had in attendance the who’s who of Vienna including Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth. The Staatsoper is regarded as the world’s top opera houses due to Vienna’s famed musical culture. Much of this Opera House was destroyed on March 12, 1945, when the Allies bombed Austria towards the end of World War II – however, miraculously, the grand staircase and some of the other public areas survived. The opera house reopened after the Russian occupation of Austria ended, and the first piece performed there was Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio, a hymn to freedom.