Opened November 19, 1850, by Queen Isabel II, the neoclassical Teatro Real had a prestigious run until 1925. It hosted the greatest Spanish artists of its time (Ruperto Chapi, Tomás Bretón, Emilio Serrano), alongside Verdi, Strauss, and Saint-Saëns, and also staged works by Meyerbeer, Bellini, Rossini, and Wagner.
After many wanderings, it was rehabilitated as the official state opera house in 1997, regaining its former magnificence. The best thing, of course, is to buy a ticket and attend a performance, but you can also just have a tour. The views of the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, and the gardens of the Plaza de Oriente are spectacular. Or try the Michelin-starred restaurant, decorated by Pascua Ortega, or the Palacio cafe.
Plaza Isabel II
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