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Royal Opera House
- Royal Opera House map location
Royal Opera House address and telephone
- Royal Opera House is located at: Bow Street, Covent Garden,
London WC2E 9DD
- You can contact Royal Opera House on Work +44 (0) 207 304 4000
- The Royal Opera House website can be visited at www.roh.org.uk
Royal Opera House opening times and ticket price
- Opening hours:
- Royal Opera House is open to the public from: Box office – 10 AM to 8 PM (Mon–Sat)
- Visiting hours are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm whether it’s open to visitors before making plans to visit Royal Opera House
How to get to Royal Opera House
- When visiting Royal Opera House you can use the following:
- Find minicab and taxi firms near Royal Opera House
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- London bus fares
- Charing Cross BKL NRN, Covent Garden PCL, Embankment BKL CRC DSC NRN, Holborn CNT PCL, Leicester Square NRN PCL
- If you want to visit Royal Opera House by train then the nearest underground station to Royal Opera House is Covent Garden
- London underground fares
The Royal Opera House started out in 1732 as the Covent Garden Theatre, but a disastrous fire gutted it in 1808. A second theatre opened just one year later – but that burnt down in 1856.
The third and final theatre was renamed The Royal Opera House in 1892. Most of what we see today was refitted in 1996 at a cost of £210 million.
Royal Opera Company, and ballet
The building’s long history has led to it getting a number of great British debuts. For example, Mozart’s Don Giovanni was first performed here in 1817, as was The Marriage of Figaro. Other great operas to get a London airing include The Barber of Seville, and Puccini’s Tosca.
The vast majority of the productions are put on by the Royal Opera Company – England’s leading operatic company – but were joined in 1946 by the Royal Ballet.
The two companies now share an orchestra and chorus of forty-five singers.
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- TomK – “Best venue in London. You know its going to be good the minute you walk inside because its so ornate, just like an opera house should be. The seats are good and comfortable and the legroom is like sitting in first class on a plane. You've even got elbow room at the sides. I could probably fall asleep in them and have a good kip. The stage is first class too. It's so deep and the sets are like actual buildings. It looks like they have actually built a proper set behind the dancers out of bricks and stone. And 1 minute later that has all gone and maybe been replaced by a forest. It is amazing what they can do.”
- ian meyer – “I've been to a couple of opera houses in my life -- the one in paris and the sydney opera house and I think this is probably 2nd after the one in paris which just looks fantastic. I dont like opera all that much (my wife drags me along) but I have find that there's still plenty to enjoy. The stage at the royal opera house is huge and the sets that I have seen look amazing. Sometimes they dont look like sets at all -- it looks like they have built actual proper concrete buildings on the stage, and I saw a forest once too. It is very well done. The best effect that I ever saw was in the nutcracker, when the christmas tree 'grew' by rising out of the stage until it was making the dancers look like midgets (which I think was the intention -- the dancers were 'shrinking' rather than the tree growing. But I’ll have to ask my wife!).”
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