Madrid's Teatro Real, having a rich musical history, was constructed in 1818. The construction of the 3-storey theatre, also known as the Royal Theatre, was carried out after demolishing the old Caños del Peral Theatre.
A young Queen Isabella II inaugurated this theatre and named the building as the Teatro de la Opera (Opera Theatre). That evening the first opera, ‘La Favorita’ was performed by Gaetano Donizetti.
During the 19th and 20th centuries, this theatre was highly credited for its opera performances by Wagner, Verdi and Igor Stravinsky. Also known as the Teatro de la Opera, this theatre featured Russian Ballet as well.
In 1925, the building was in danger of a collapse due to ground water infiltration. It took more than four decades for its renovation and was finally reopened in 1966.
A cultural centre of Madrid, tourists can reach the destination by taking metro lines 2 and 5.
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