The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, has a distinct Latin touch, from the architecture with its Corinthian loggia, to the programming which historically only performed operas in Italian. This theatre is well known for its world-class programming, and many of the greatest singers have appeared here. Today it is home to two of the world’s great artistic companies – The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. The first important musical works to be heard at the theatre were by Handel, who always had close links with Covent Garden. In 1999 it added significant extensions, including the Floral Hall which now serves as an atrium with a bar.