THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
The magnificent Royal Opera House is actually
the third theatre built on the Coven Garden site.
Both the previous theaters were destroyed by fire,
a serious hazard in the era before electricity.
Work on the third and present theatre started in
1857 to designs by E.M.Barry and the new building
opened in May 1858 with a performance of Meyerbeer’s
In 1892 the teatre was renamed the Royal Opera House.
I was very glad to received the tickets for
the excellent performance
The famous music was originally performed
with different choreography
and found little acclaim at its premiere in 1880.
It was really a great evening...