Rolex is the Official Watch of the Royal Opera House, London

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In addition to its Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and testimonees like Plácido Domingo and Jonas Kaufmann, Rolex supports the arts by patronizing cultural institutions like The Royal Opera House in London. Constructed in 1732, this opera house is located in Covent Garden, central London and has gone by the name Royal Opera House since 1892. 

Photo of interior of The Royal Opera House in London (photo: Rolex/Ambroise Tézenas)
The Royal Opera House in London (photo: Rolex/Ambroise Tézenas)
This beautiful performing arts venue has seen many masters of classical music, opera and ballet take its stage. The first ballet was presented here in 1734 and baroque composer Handel presented his musical works here until his death in 1759. During World War I is was used as furniture repository and during World War II it became a dance hall. 

The structure has seen many renovations since, including a £213 Million reconstruction that took place between 1997 and 1999 which modernized the facility and created several new spaces and structures. Rolex became official watch of the Royal Opera House in 2008. They also sponsor the other major European opera houses, including the Ópera National de Paris and Teatro alla Scala in Milan. 

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