Roudaki Hall Opera House in Tehran
The completion of
the Roudaki Hall Opera House in 1967,
nearly ten years in the building, filled a major gap
in Tehran's cultural life by providing a modern opera house
and concert hall equipped with the very latest
theatrical and electrical devices.
The hall, built under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture
and Fine Arts was named after the blind 10th century poet Roudaki,
the first great classical poet of Iran, and provides accommodation
for audiences of up to 1,600. The architect was a Armenian-Iranian,
Dr. Eugene Aftandilian, who studied in Paris, France.
The floodlit marble entrance foyer incorporates the traditional Talar motif.
Behind, towers the mass of the main building.
By contrast to the Hall's overpowering vertical exterior,
its horseshoe theater within has the cozy,
white-and-gold, red-plush air of a 19th century
European opera house, complete with two tiers of boxes and gallery above.