Royal Theatre


The Teatro Real

Considered to be one of the most important cultural institutions in Spain, the Teatro Real has managed to become one of the main opera houses in the world, showcasing the talents of some of the most brilliant opera singers in the world.

The Teatro Real reopened on 11 October, 1997 under the management of the Foundation. Since that day, it has developed activities that are clearly aimed at protecting and promoting Spanish artistic heritage, especially organising, creating and putting on performances of opera, music and dance.

Throughout its existence, the Teatro Real has always been committed to contributing to Spain’s culture, and boosting the country’s international cultural presence. Consequently the Teatro Real has managed to position itself as a major focus for artistic activity on an international level, and it is also an undisputed benchmark among Spanish cultural institutions.






King Fernando VII in Madrid promoted the construction of an opera house within the project included renovation of the Plaza de Oriente. The project architect Antonio Lopez Aguado who designed a building with irregular hexagonal shape was commissioned. The shortage of funds prevented the royal family works begin before 1830. At the death of the architect, the project was taken by Teodoro Custodio Moreno. After the accession of Queen Elizabeth II, numerous political and bureaucratic events paralyzed the implementation of the project until May 7, 1850, by a Royal Order, Theatre works were promoted, requiring completion on a Within six months, as it was done.

In the interior decoration they worked the most important artists and decorators of the time, as Rafael Tejeo, Eugenio Lucas, who painted ceilings, or Philastre Humanité-René, who designed the stage curtain. Apart from the theatrical arena with seating for 2,800 spectators, there were two ballrooms, three lounges, a tearoom, coffee, dressing table and wardrobe. All these facilities were copied from major European theaters like the San Carlo in Naples and La Scala in Milan.

The theater was inaugurated on November 19, 1850, coinciding with sovereign onomastics. The work chosen for the premiere was the opera La Favorite by Gaetano Donizetti.




Ópera Station (lines 2, 5 and R)
Vodafone-Sol Station (lines 1, 2 and 3)


BUS LINE (Interactive MAP)
3, 25, 39, 148


Madrid – Sol



Box office: Mon-Fri: 9.15am – 8.00pm
Saturdays with functions: 10.00am – 8.00pm
Sundays and festivals with functions, two hours before the show.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and festivals when no show is on.

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