Visit the Teatro Real in Madrid

The first thing you should do when you arrive at Madrid is to go to the accommodation in order to leave your luggage and to have some rest. Find the apartments for rent in Madrid you have previously booked, and take a break from the trip, before you go sightseeing around the city.

Madrid is an important center of culture, history and art, so there are plenty of places you should visit during your stay in the city. In this article, we would recommend visiting the Teatro Real in Madrid.

The Royal Theatre, often called just El Real, is the opera house located in Madrid. It is considered to be one of the greatest theatres of Europe. The Teatro Real was built in 1850 on the Plaza Isabel II, near the Palacio Real, the official residence of the Queen. The two architects who collaborated on this project were Antonio López Aguado and Custodio Moreno. Originally, the building was home of the Madrid Royal Conservatory, a music college, until 1925, when it was closed due to the damage caused by the construction of Madrid’s Metro.

Despite a number of projects and proposals for the restoration, financial difficulties prevented sooner restoration of the building which is why it remained closed for a while. In 1966 the theatre was opened again, with the concert of Spanish National Orchestra. Three years later, the Eurovision Song Contest was held here.

The 1990s brought another renovation of the building, which was completed in 1995 and the theatre was opened two years later. The intention of the reconstruction was to create a place for Spanish opera. The first operas performed in the Teatro Real upon its reopening were Manuel de Falla’s “El sombrero de tres picos” and “La vida breve”. There are approximately seventeen operas per year, produced by the theatre or in collaboration with other opera houses in Europe. Besides the operas, there are ballets and recitals organized during the year. The orchestra performing in the Teatro Real is the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid.

Besides attending the performances which are scheduled in advance, there are guided tours of the Opera House, which is a perfect opportunity for public to see the interior of the building, including the stage area, the auditorium, the workshops as well as the rehearsal spaces. The official guided tours are available every day in different languages. The tours last between 50 and 90 minutes. The tours currently available in the theatre include:

  • General tour – The focus of the tour is the architectural aspect of the building.
  • Artistic tour – The goal is to illustrate the process of creating an opera.
  • Technical tour – Moving platforms, poles, sets and decoration are in the focus of this tour.
  • Nocturnal tour – An evening tour unveils what happens after the curtain has fallen.
  • Young tour – The tour is mainly designed for young people and students in order to introduce them to the artistic and technical process of organizing an opera.


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