Sydney Opera House
Don’t let the name fool you—there’s a lot more than just arias going on under the swooping, cantilevered roofs of Australia’s most famous architectural landmark. The Opera House actually contains six different performance spaces, including the 350-seat Studio and the grand 2,679-seat Concert Hall, which host entertainment ranging from ballet to Aboriginal dance, from experimental theater to Shakespeare, and from Sonny Rollins and Anoushka Shankar concerts to (yes) performances of Don Giovanni. Take the hour-long behind-the-scenes tour, which traces the history of Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece.
Tip: Before or after your show, head to the open-air Opera Bar on the concourse level of the Opera House overlooking the water. The lychee martinis are pricey but worth it.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.