ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1066392
Date first listed:
09-Jan-1970
Statutory Address:
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, BOW STREET WC2
Statutory Address:
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, FLORAL STREET WC2

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Location

Statutory Address:
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, BOW STREET WC2
Statutory Address:
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, FLORAL STREET WC2

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Greater London Authority
District:
City of Westminster (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 30362 81019

Details

TQ 3080 NW and 3081 SW CITY OF WESTMINSTER BOW STREET, WC2 59/22 ;72/ 5 9.1.70 Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

G.V. I

Opera house. Rebuild of 1857-58 by E.M. Barry. Stucco and stone, slate roof. Monumental Augustan classicism tinged with Italiante. Front 7 bays wide. Imposing, pedimented, giant Corinthian hexastyle portico raised on tall rusticated podium now with foyer doors but originally a porte cochere. The flanking bays are framed by coupled giant pilasters and contain on portico level niches with statues of Melpomene and Thalia by Rossi whilst behind the portico is a long and partially altered bas relief frieze by Flaxman salvaged from Smirke's theatre of 1808-9. Prominent crowning cornice and panelled parapet surmounted by urn finials. The balcony level of portico has had a later C.19 crush bar conservatory inserted. Return elevations articulated by plain giant pilasters above podium. Very fine interior and auditorium with few alterations to Barry's scheme, horse-shoe tiers beneath saucer dome on elliptical arches and pendentives, enriched proscenium, the sounding board with relief ornament; rich plasterwork etc. Stage retains most extensive installation of Asphaleria machinery in London: 1899-1902 by Edwin O. Sachs. Present building the successor of Theatres Royal and Operas since 1731, still under Royal patent. Stuccoed extension in same style to west with fly tower, 1980.

Survey of London; Vol. XXXV.

Listing NGR: TQ3036281019

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
208783
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
'Survey of London' in The Theatre Royal Drury Lane and The Royal Opera House Covent Garden: Volume 35 , , Vol. 35, (1970)

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

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Date: 19 Jun 2005
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