The building of the Teatro Real, as we know it today, is the product of various renovations over its lifetime of more than one hundred and fifty years. This visit allows you to explore the most emblematic spaces of the Teatre, along with unique places, closed to the public.
Since its opening in 1850, the building has undergone various renovations, different uses and temporary closures.
The current building was completely renovated in 1997, and now has 65,000 m2 of floor space and a seating capacity of 1,746. It also has one of the most advanced and innovative stages of European theatres.
The first thing that strikes the visitor to the Vergara Room as one steps on the carpet is the care with which this room has been decorated with outstanding works of art, such as the eighteenth century console table and nineteenth century oil paintings: Una poesía by Juan José Zapater, Estudio del natural by Luis Larmig and Tres alegorías by Verger Fioretti and García Mencía, all of which belong to the collection of the Museo del Prado.
The highlight of the Arrieta Room is the chandelier that once decorated the original Royal Box before the Theatre's refurbishment and now presides over and illuminates this space. The intricate tapestries that decorate its walls were crafted in Brussels and Spain's Real Fábrica de Tapices during the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Ballroom has a theatrical decoration at the hands of Pascua Ortega draws inspiration to the original theatre boxes. The decorations include operatic costumes used in performances such as Aida and Ana Bolena, as well as musical instruments. But the room's defining feature is the ceiling, with 630 fibre-optic lights that represent the stars in the night sky over Madrid.
Este es uno de esos lugares del Teatro Real en los que se puede decir que una obra de arte está enmarcada por otra. Y es que a la moderna decoración y diseño del Café de Palacio, con maderas de cedro libanés, estuco y mármoles, hay que sumar la colección de cuadros cedidos por el Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía y la Comunidad de Madrid, de autores tan reconocidos como Cuixart, Canogar, Barjola, Bores, Equipo Crónica, Rivera, Delgado o Macarrón.
The orchestra rehearsal room, or Manuel de Falla room, wood paneled, enveloped by the curved surface of the roof providing the space needed for musical notes to resonate in the best conditions. Large wooden umbrellas have the dual function of lighting and refining the acoustics, forming a unique and cozy space that includes a showcase of old Madrid through the colonnade of the facade.