25 May it was a good day for Opera – on this day, three opera houses were opened:
• 1869 – Vienna State Opera
It was originally called the Vienna Court Opera (Wiener Hofoper). In 1920, with the replacement of the Habsburg Monarchy by the First Austrian Republic, it was renamed the Vienna State Opera. The members of the Vienna Philharmonic are recruited from its orchestra.
The opening premiere was Don Giovanni by Mozart
W.A. Mozart – Don Giovanni
Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Conductor: Riccardo Muti, 1999
• 1908 – Teatro Colón Buenos Aires
The Teatro Colón (Spanish: Columbus Theatre) is the main opera house in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is considered one of the ten best opera houses in the world by National Geographic, and is acoustically considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world.
The opening premiere was Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida.
Giuseppe Verdi – Aida Act II Final
Teatro Colón 110 Aniversario , 2018
• 1920 – Romanian Opera Cluj
The Romanian National Opera, Cluj-Napoca (Romanian: Opera Naţională Română din Cluj-Napoca) is one of the national opera and ballet companies of Romania.
The Romanian Opera was officially opened on 18 September 1919, simultaneously with the National Theatre and the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy. On 13–14 May 1920 the first two performances – 2 symphonic concerts – were conducted there by the Czech conductor Oskar Nebdal.
The first opera performance took place on 25 May 1920 with the Romanian version Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, with Alfred Novak as conductor, and Constantin Pavel as stage director
Giuseppe Verdi – Aida, Opera Naţională Cluj, 2016