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The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is actually the third opera house on the site, the previous two were sadly destroyed by fire. It was designed by E.M. Barry and building started in 1857. We went to visit recently courtesy of a kind Christmas treat from Mr CK, the younger.
The ROH is currently undergoing some work to open up the building and create more of a presence on Covent Garden itself, expanding the foyer and creating a new entrance, whilst retaining the the main stage as it is. Covent Garden itself is always bustling with street entertainment and the market stalls. This time areas were bedecked in silk flowers.
The ROH Bow Street entrance was the only one open. The large Floral Hall used to be used as a flower market but is now a meeting place with bars providing interval drinks. It was completely rebuilt in the 1990s and is a beautiful space.
The auditorium itself is striking with it's pale blue and gold ceiling, abundant red lampshades, angels by the lamps and tiers of red velvet seats.
|Curtain adorned with the wonders achieved by the love potion sold by a rather dodgy character!|
|Photo from the website.|