I’ve now been to The Royal Opera House twice and each time I go I’m still overwhelmed at how amazing this place is. The grandeur of the whole interior is exactly what you’d hope it to be even though the current building is actually the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1857.
The first time I went to the opera, I actually went by myself. Feeling like I had to experience it at least once, I bought a cheap seat ticket to Carmen. To my surprise, my view was fantastic which makes me think the Royal Opera House doesn’t have a bad seat in the joint. Not knowing what to expect or even if I’d be able to understand, I was pleasantly surprised there were screens displaying English translations. What I didn’t expect was that Carmen would begin with not only a live horse on stage, but also a naked woman.
My second trip to The Royal Opera House, actually happened by luck. Sitting in a pub in Covent Garden with my fellow unemployed friend, drowning our sorrows in a beer, a woman walked up to us and simply asked us if we’d be interested in going to the opera that night because she couldn’t go. She didn’t want any money for the tickets, just wanted someone who’d appreciate them and we fit the bill. Not only were they free tickets, but they we almost fell off our chair when we saw that they cost £ 175…EACH.
TheRoyal Opera House is somewhere you have to go at least once, or in my case, twice. Maybe if you’re lucky like I was, you’ll get to experience it from the generosity of a perfect stranger.
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden London WC2E 9DD