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Teatro Real Madrid is a stunning building. Discover what goes on behind the scenes at an opera house with a guided tour.

Teatro Real Madrid

Madrid is renowned for its cultural attractions and if you are looking to take in some of the best sights in this city as you plan your discount holidays to Spain, the Teatro Real Madrid is one building not to be missed. Whilst this opera house may look unprepossessing from the outside, the inside is an elaborate feast for the senses. Take in a performance here or find out what goes on behind the scenes with a guided tour.

An impressive history

The Teatro Real was the brainchild of King Ferdinand VII in 1818 but was 32 years in the planning and construction. It finally opened in 1850 and for the next seventy five years hosted some of the most impressive theatrical and musical performances ever seen in Europe. Verdi, Stravinsky and Nijinsky are just a few of the big names who visited the Teatro. The foundations of the building were damaged during the construction of the Madrid Metro and although the building reopened in the 1960s as a concert hall, it was not until the 1990s that the theatre was fully functional and able to once again host operatic performances. Since then it has become one of Madrid’s most iconic buildings and it remains of great cultural significance.

Guided tours

If you want to discover how the magic happens, take one of the extremely informative guided tours available at the Teatro Real. General tours cover the structure of the building, a closer look at the fascinating interiors and offer an insight into how an opera house is run. More detailed tours covering different aspects of the opera house are also available. For those interested in the mechanical details, a tour showing how the sets are constructed and how the stage is prepared, including light and sound equipment, makes for a fascinating visit. There is even a special tour you can take that goes behind the scenes in the evening, showing exactly what happens straight after a performance. Tours can be booked through the box office and usually last between an hour and an hour and fifteen minutes. In addition to traditional operas, the Teatro Real also programmes children’s versions of classic performances, including The Magic Flute and Dido & Aeneas. From avant garde musical performances to operatic favourites and even spectacular ballets, the Teatro Real Madrid has an astounding range of productions to suits all tastes and budgets.

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