The Royal Opera House in Mumbai is scheduled to reopen today, having been restored to its original and luxurious 1916 aspects. The Maharaja of Gondal bought the Opera House in 1952. In the 1970s, the structure was remodelled as an art-deco cinema, and the Maharaja’s son, Shri Jyotendrasinhji, commissioned the restoration in 2010.

The venue opens its 574-seat, three-tier auditorium with the inauguration of a film festival tonight, followed by an opera performance by Bombay-born British soprano Patricia Rozario on Friday, organised by the owners of the property.

The beautifully restored opera house has no further schedule for the moment. Asad Lalljee, CEO of the culture programming and educational platform Avid Learning, will curate performing arts events at the opera house and he expects that event organisers come see the space, experience the opportunities, and then start scheduling.

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