The Plazas de Oriente and Isabel II surrender to your feet. You can hear the applause!
Feel the opera
It was a long-awaited night. On 19 November 1850, and after several decades of highs and lows in its construction, the Teatro Real hosted it first opera. It was La Favorita, by Donizzeti, and members of the Madrid bourgeoisie and Queen Isabel II, who wanted to celebrate her birthday in this way, listened to it unflinchingly. The Teatro Real played hard to get but the success of music and famous performers accompanied it for more than half a century. Then it suffered oblivion, fire, malfunction, temporary closure and another use of the opera temple during the Franco regime. Until 1997. It now produces its own shows and brings foreign staging that is proving to be a hit among young people. You can learn about this and much more during three different visits: general, artistic and technical, which are organised each day (for further information visit www.teatro-real.com). You can also admire its two façades. One opens onto Plaza de Isabel II and the other onto Plaza de Oriente and faces the Palacio Real. If you cover your eyes on the way from the airport and have your blindfold taken away here, you'll surely believe you're in Paris or Vienna.
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