History Explorer: Opera in Britain

Charlotte Hodgman and Susan Rutherford explore the Royal Opera House in London, a site that boasts nearly 300 years of operatic history

The Royal Opera House. (Getty Images)

This article was first published in the November 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine.

Just around the corner from the lively string quartets and noisy chatter of London’s Covent Garden stands the magnificent portico of the Royal Opera House: a beacon of culture to opera buffs across the centuries. On today’s visit, the usual daytime hush of the foyer has been replaced by a hubbub of activity. Tonight, the opera season launches with a much-anticipated new production of Puccini’s passionate opera, La Bohème.

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