The Royal Opera House, also known as the Royal Theatre (Maltese: It-Teatru Rjal, Italian: Teatro Reale), was an opera house and performing arts venue in Valletta, Malta. It was designed by the English architect Edward Middleton Barry and was erected in 1866. In 1873 its interior was extensively damaged by fire but was eventually restored by 1877. The theatre received a direct hit from aerial bombing in 1942 during World War II. Prior to its destruction, it was one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in Valletta. After several abandoned plans to rebuild the theatre, the ruins were redesigned by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and in 2013 it once again started functioning as a performance venue, called Pjazza Teatru Rjal.
The design of the building was entrusted to Edward Middleton Barry, the architect of Covent Garden Theatre, and the classic design plan was completed by 1861. The original plans had to be altered because the sloping streets on the sides of the theatre had not been taken into consideration. This resulted in a terrace being added on the side of Strada Reale (nowadays Republic Street) designed by Maltese architects.
Piotr Latasiewicz | Jan 14, 2018
Niezbyt ładna i szpecąca okolicę opera
Mohamad Nasri | Apr 23, 2018
A successful integration of a modern outdoor theater within what remained from the historic opera house. The contemporary and contrasting semi-enclosing roof and side partitions create an acceptable interface between the spectator area and the outside world. It is interesting how people on the streets around are able to interact with the music and peek from the gaps in the walls into the inside.
Michael Azad | Feb 11, 2018
The newly restored and well integrated Opera House which works as a theatre. Personally I think it looks great with what they’ve done with it and works well integrating with the rest of the city.
Ihor Pavlenko | Nov 21, 2017
Destroyed during WW2 now it's restored as a modern open air theatre.
Andrzej Trzmiel | Apr 22, 2018
Bardzo ciekawie urządzona sala koncertowa. Zburzyli? My i tak będziemy tutaj koncertowali :) Tak można to w skrócie ująć. Audytorium i scena urządzone w ruinach zbombardowanej sali koncertowej. Co do repertuaru nie wypowiem się bo nie znam. Ładny widok na obiekt z tarasu z drugiej strony ulicy na przeciwko parlamentu. Polecam wejść schodami.
Stephen Grech | Jul 31, 2018
Great open air theatre...optimal acoustics.
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