DESTINATIONS CULTURE AGENDA CONNOISSEUR'S GUIDE ALTERNATE ROUTES INSIDER'S VIEW SHOP PHOTO GALLERIES

CHOOSE DESTINATION

London

EssenceMuseums and galleriesWhere to sleepWhere to eatWhere to shopRoutesWorth knowingAlternate RoutesConnoisseur's GuideInsider's view

CHOOSE GUIDE

The World’s Most Special and Legendary Opera Houses

Palacio de las Bellas ArtesPalau de les Arts Reina SofiaDen Norske OperaEnglish National OperaRoyal Opera HouseMetropolitain OperaLa MonnaieWiener StaatsoperMarkgräfliches OpernhausBayreuther FestspieleOpéra BastillePalais GarnierTeatro alla ScalaGran Teatro La Fenice di VeneziaSydney OperaArena di VeronaTeatro AmazonasSchlingensief's Opera Village of RemdoogoWuppertal Opera Teatro Real« BACK « TO BEGINNING

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER

Add your e-mail address to receive our monthly news.

WE RECOMMEND:

Jewellery by Artists: From Picasso to Koons, an exhibition organised by the culture and art portal Arterritory.com

Connoisseur's Guide · Europe · united kingdom · London · The World’s Most Special and Legendary Opera Houses

English National Opera

Author: Margarita Zieda0 COMMENTS

English National Opera

1904 saw Britain's largest, most modern and opulent theatre open in London; designed by the architect Frank Matcham, it seated 2354. The magnificent structure, known as the Coliseum Theatre, was to play as significant a role as the amphiteatre did in Ancient Rome. The Coliseum met the expectation, offering a vast international programme of the highest quality; alongside the greatest opera stars of the time, the unique French actress Sarah Bernhardt appeared here; Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes performed to sold out audiences.
In the early 1960s, as a result of economic problems, the Coliseum was converted into a cinema - only to reopen it as an opera house again in 1968 when Sadler's Wells Opera company moved in, adopting the name of English National Opera. Thus Covent Garden's Royal Opera was joined by the second most important opera house in London. Today its main attraction is a repertoire of interesting and little-performed pieces and fresh directorial vision: last season, for instance, saw two renowned filmmakers - Terry Gilliam and Mike Figgis - make their opera debuts on the ENO stage.

Coliseum Theatre
St. Martin´s Lane

www.eno.org

 

08/2011

SHARE:
Facebook Twitter

 

Your comments

Unfortunately there are no comments yet.

Your name:

Time of visit:

Your comment: