The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London. It is home of the Royal Ballet, the Royal Opera and the ROH Orchestra. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden". Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later, Handel's first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.