Adopting futuristic design and state-of-the-art technology, it is one of the three biggest theaters in China, along with National Theather in Beijing and Grand Theater inShanghai.
Guangzhou Opera House was designed by Pritzker-Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. Located downstream of Pearl River, the building with bold designs covers an area of 42000 square meters, and the investment is over 10 billion yuan (15 million USD).
Guangzhou Opera House has 1800 seats with all sorts of equipment. It looks like two pebbles, one larger while the other smaller. The larger pebble serves as the theather, while the smaller one is the multi-function hall. It is said that the construction is even more difficult and complicated than that of Bird’s Nest in Beijing, because no beam or column connection is the same as any other.
Inside the opera house the stone walls of the halls form an array of mountains, while the transparent glass walls give people a beautiful view of Pearl River. The stage and even the audience’s seats are movable.
Guangzhou Opera House is one of the venues of the 9th China Art Festival (May 10 – 25, 2010). Many high-level art and culture shows at home and abroad will be staged in the opera house, including Italian opera Turandot.