Hanoi Opera House is an architectural art performance located on the August Revolution Square , the location of Trang Tien Street, not far from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Museum of Vietnamese History . The French construction began in 1901 and was completed in 1911, according to the model of Opéra Garnier in Paris, but with smaller stature and the use of materials suitable for local climatic conditions. The work of two architects Harlay and Broyer is a colorful, architectural outline of the theater in the south of France , a way of organizing space, performance space, stairs, entrance hall … is similar to the theater in Europe early 20th century. Although an architectural eclectic, blended many styles , but the Hanoi Opera House is still imbued with the look neoclassical France, especially in the architectural structure, two-tone roof tiles black stone tiles and decorative motifs inside. Born later than the theater in Saigon and Hai Phong , but the Hanoi Opera House has the most complete architecture and become a familiar image, typical of Hanoi.
Hanoi Opera House avoids superfluous architectural details, which make it more magnificent and attractive. Inside the opera house are a large stage and a main audience room with a size of 24x24m, with many small rooms for audience on the central floor. The middle staircase leads to a large Hall on the second floor. The sub-staircase and corridors are located in both sides.
At the back of the Opera House is a management chamber consisting of 18 make-up rooms, 2 rooms for voice training, 1 library and 1 meeting room. Facing the stairs is a magnificent mirror room on the second floor. Opera house has been so far a typical, large-scaled art showing place, wherein party state meetings and international conferences are held. It is considered a cultural work with the best value in Vietnam, a unique architectural work with great historical, cultural, architectural and fine-art value, a unique works in urban area as well as in the capital city. The theater has been equipped with state-of-art facilities and appliances, compatible for all types of artistic performances, from folk music and songs, ballets and piano to classical opera, reformed opera, Vietnamese operetta and drama, all made great impressions on the audience. Hanoi Opera House has also successfully organized many large-scale international concerts.
Being an ancient architecture work, the Opera House is now becoming a national art work of international renown, which contributes to our country’s modern cultural field, also serves as a foundation in cultural exchanging, in our present social economic development and the national cultural innovation in particular.