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Royal Opera House
Visit one of the foremost opera houses in the world, located in Covent Garden.
The Royal Opera House, London
The Royal Opera House is the third theatre on the Covent Garden site. Its history began in 1728 when John Rich, actor/manager at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, commissioned The Beggar’s Opera from John Gay. The success of the venture provided the capital for the first Theatre Royal at Covent Garden, designed by Edward Shepherd. For the first hundred years or so of its history the theatre was primarily a playhouse. The first serious musical works to be heard at the Royal Opera House were the operas of Handel. From 1735 he gave regular seasons there, and many of his operas and oratorios were written for Covent Garden or had their first London performances there.
The audience’s taste was extremely varied, and so were the entertainments offered. Opera and ballet did appear on the bill of fare, but not exclusively.
The theatre became the Royal Opera House in 1892 as the number of French and German works in the repertory increased. Winter and summer seasons of opera and ballet were given. In between the Royal Opera House was either closed or offered such diverse fare as film shows, cabarets, lectures or dancing.
The Royal Opera House was reopened on 20 February 1946 with a performance of Sleeping Beauty in a sumptuous new production designed by Oliver Messel which did much to dispel the post-war gloom. There was no opera company available for transfer to the Royal Opera House, but David Webster, with his music director Karl Rankl, immediately began to build a comparable resident company. In December they shared their first production, The Fairy Queen, with the ballet company. The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera were granted their Royal Charters in 1956 and 1968 respectively.
The Royal Opera House is open during the day from 10.00 to 15.30. Visitors are able to go into the Vilar Floral Hall and view the Crush Room and permanent displays and temporary exhibitions sited around the building. Box Office and Info Point is open Monday to Saturday 10.00-20.00 situated in the Link connecting Bow Street to Covent Garden Piazza.
To get to the Royal Opera House from Georgian House Hotel you just need to take the 11 bus to Aldwych and the Opera House is just there.
Please note that photography and the use of videos and tape recorders are forbidden in all parts of the Royal Opera House.
For more information visit www.royalopera.org
Georgian House Hotel is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. Why not book Georgian House Hotel when you plan your visit to The Royal Opera House? You can book online or email to make a reservation on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438