What to see in Oviedo
The Campoamor Theatre is the opera house of Oviedo. Its founding dates back to 1892, and it has become world famous for being the venue for the Princess of Asturias Awards, one of the most important recognitions in Spain.
The origins of this imposing theatre date back to the late 1870s when the aristocracy and the developing bourgeoisie wanted a suitable venue for the great theatrical and operatic works of Oviedo. Thus, a project was initiated and named in honour of the famous Asturian Ramón de Campoamor.
Of clear Neoclassical style, the theatre was designed to magnify its acoustics and efficiently distribute its capacity. Later, at the end of the 20th century, it underwent a reform and restoration that modernized it and maximized its capacity.
Currently, it is where the entire Oviedo opera calendar is carried out, as are plays and large events and ceremonies, such as the aforementioned Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony, which celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2022.
The total capacity of the venue is almost 1,500 seats distributed over five floors. The design is such that, from any point, one can enjoy the show with balanced acoustics. The capacity of the venue increases when the Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony takes place; then, extra seats and benches are moved to strategic places in the theatre.