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In London, Her Majesty's Theater, the largest opera house in England, is destroyed by fire.

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12/06/1867

Her Majesty's Theatre in London's Haymarket was completely destroyed on this day by a late evening fire with the loss of priceless collections of costumes and stagings.  It was the second theatre on the site and opened in 1792 as the largest opera house in England.  It was famous for its championing of the genre in London, even after the opening of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in 1847.  Handel had personally debuted several of his operas there and the most famous of Mozart's offerings had seen their first performances on its stage. The theater was rebuilt the following year but never regained its earlier prominence. (By John Osborne)

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"Chronicle of Remarkable Occurences in 1867", The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1867 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1868), 166-170.

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