The Royal Theatre was built on the site of several former theatres. Construction began in 1818 at the request of Ferdinand VII but was not completed until 1850 due to political events and lack of money. When it did finally open, the first performance was Opera La Favorita.
Built in 1850 by Queen Isabel II, the Teatro Real (Royal Theatre) quickly became one of Europe's most renowned opera houses. Famous works, such as Verdi's La Forza del Destino, were premiered here. Although probably lavish in its interior, the Teatro Real is quite bland on the outside. I found that, for a city with such beautiful and exuberant architecture, Madrid's opera house is rather disappointing. El Teatro Real is located on Plaza de Isabel II, right near the Palacio Real.
On the plaza de Oriente, at the other side of the Royal Palacethe Royal Opera House (Teatro Real) is situated. Its a six sided grey building build in the 19 th. century. The interior of the thatro contains 5 levels and has some 1600 seats. Its interior is in gold and red colours. There are also wall carpets, hughe mirrors and paintings as well as a hughe cristal chandelier. Thge restaurant also is impressive, the ceiling has a starry night depicted and its open for tea at early eaving and dinner is around 9 pm. Its situated in the former ballroom where queen Isabella II usedto give grand balls. Behind the glass wall you can admire the costumes as used in the opra's of Aida and Boleyn, at the 6 th floor there is a grand teraas giving great views over the plaza oriente and royal palace
Madrid's Opera House has one of the largest stages in the world and seats up to 1630 spectators. Its annual programme features the whole range of operatic styles and genre from the baroque to the contemporary, including the ever-popular work of composers like Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and Wagner. It also hosts lyric concerts and dance performances. You'll find it close to the Palacio Real (Royal Palace). Tickets are hard to come by, so book early.
I must admit that I didn't know if I should add Teatro Real to "Things to Do Tip" or "Nightlife Tips", but finally I decided to add it to both of them.
In the Teatro Real you can enjoy Opera, Classical Music or Dance.
At Plaza de Oriente. From here you can see the Palacio Real. All this area brings me lots of memories from child ....
Teatro Real houses the Spanish Opera.
Ok never been inside, but except in summer, you can get guided visits through it.
The National Theatre is just a block behind the Palacio Real on the other side of the Plaza de Oriente.