Situated on the southwest slope of the Acropolis Hill in Athens, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus was completed in 174AD. The Telegraph, in its book around the world’s most brautiful theatres, chose the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as one of them.
Originally, it had a wooden roof and a capacity of 5,000. It lasted intact until it was destroyed and turned into a ruin in 267 AD.
The seating and stage was restored in the 1950s, since when it has been the main venue of the Athens Festival, which runs from May through October each year, featuring a variety of acclaimed Greek as well as International performances.
Among the artists who have performed at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus include Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Luciano Pavarotti, Nana Mouskouri, Frank Sinatra, Alicia de Larrocha, the Bolshoi Ballets, Maurice Béjart, Joaquín Cortés, Paco de Lucía, Diana Ross, Liza Minnelli, Goran Bregovic, Jean Michel Jarre, Ennio Morricone, Jethro Tull, Sting, Elton John, Maria Kallas, Karolos Koun, Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis, Nikos Koundouros, Spiros Evangelatos, Yannis Markopoulos, George Dalaras, Haris Alexiou, Marinella, Dionysis Savopoulos and many other important artists and artistic organisations.
Source: The Telegraph