THE 106 YEAR OLD GRAND OPERA HOUSE IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE ANYWHERE IN THE UK OR IRELAND.
OPENED ON THE 23 DECEMBER 1895 THIS LOVELY BUILDING LEAD A VERY FULL LIFE BEFORE HITTING ON BAD TIMES DURING THE 1960'S. AT ONE TIME IT EVEN LOOKED LIKE THIS FINE OLD BUILDING MAY CLOSE OR EVEN BE KNOCKED DOWN.. BUT IN THE 1970'S IT WAS SAVED AND LISTED THUS ENSURING IT WOULD CONTINUE TO BRING LIFE TO BELFAST AT A TIME WHEN IT WAS NEEDED MOST, TODAY THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE IS BUSIER THAN EVER AND WITH A NEW EXTENSION JUST OPENED THIS LOVELY OLD LADY IS GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH.
THE OPERA HOUSE HAS SEEN MANY STARS TAKE TO ITS STAGE, AND ITS WAS HERE IN THE 1960'S THAT A YOUNG LUCIANO PVAROTTI MADE HIS UK DEBUT IN MADAME BUTTERFLY.
YOU CAN TAKE THE OPERA HOUSE TOUR FROM 11AM TO MIDDAY WED TO SAT.
TOUR INCLUDES POST TEA OR COFFEE AND PASTRY IN THE NEWLY OPENED LUCIANOS.
PRICES FOR TOUR ARE 5 POUNDS FOR ADULTS AND 3 POUNDS FOR CHILDREN.
BOX OFFICE OPEN FROM 8.30AM-9PM MON-FRI AND 6PM SAT. TEL. 02890-90241919.
The Grand Opera House is 1 of major arts venues in the centre of Belfast. This is where you can enjoy world-class entertainment including musicals, opera, ballet, comedy, concerts and pantomime.
The building, a sort of oriental fantasy, was designed by Frank Matcham in 1895. If you take a closer look, you can see a naked bronze Mercury taking flight and Shakespeare looking down approvingly. But, the interior with gold leaves and gilded elephant heads supporting the boxes is a real must-see.
No wonder this theatre is the UK Winner of Barclays/TMA Most Welcoming Theatre Award.
The Grand Opera House of Belfast is one of the city's great signature buildings. It was restored to its Victorian best glory in 1980. The Grand Opera House maintains its operatic traditions, with regular visits by some of the world's great opera companies as the Royal Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet. It is in the beautiful Great Victoria Street.
Check out the Grand Opera house, located just across from the Crown pub, and next to the Europa Hotel (which, as the locals told us, was bombed so often by the IRA back in the day that it has become the 'most bombed hotel in Europe'). The Opera house was completely renovated, and is a beautiful sight.
Visit the Grand Opera House www.goh.co.uk for the best big shows in town. The Theatre is late victorian and despite being the victim of several bombs, still retains many original features. Shows range from Opera to Pop and Ballet to West End Musicals and Drama. A must see if you are in Belfast is the annual pantomime - but you'll need to book ahead as the tickets sell very quickly!
The theatre is one of the finest examples of the work of Frank Matcham, a theatre architecht working in the late 19th and early 20th century. It is a great night out if you find a good show on too!
The Grand Opera House was opened in 1895 and is mostly restoration work nowadays after two IRA bombs destroyed it in 1991 and 1993.