Audiences in the capital have a lot of choice when it comes to finding the best place for opera and ballet and with the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden they also have the option of witnessing some of the most prestigious performances of highly renowned shows. Whether it is the work of Puccini, Benjamin Britten or Tchaikovsky there is a regular turnaround of productions that have withstood the test of time so that audiences can still witness some spectacular masterpieces hundreds of years since they were first performed.
But it is not just the shows that hold historical resonance; the theatre itself is an historic construction that has stood on its location since the 1850s (as the third venue to appear on the site) and whilst renovations and reconstructions have since taken place, features from this 19th century building remain.
Since its original opening the Royal Opera House has gone through a lot, from the onset of two world wars during the twentieth century to renovations in the 1990s. However, during this period it has also welcomed a wide range of acclaimed shows, from “The Sleeping Beauty” in 1946 to modern-day productions of “Madama Butterfly” and “Aida”.
But the Royal Opera House is not reserved solely for the production of well known classics. There have been plenty of original shows to grace its stage as well, including the recent run of “Anna Nicola the Opera”, which focuses on the late glamour model, actress and oil-tycoon widow of the same name. It appeared in 2011 amongst re-appearances of renowned shows like “Il barbiere di Siviglia” and others, ensuring that there is always plenty on offer at the Royal Opera house in Covent Garden, London.
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