Belfast’s Grand Opera House was designed by Frank Matcham. He was Britain’s most prolific theater architect. Along with two colleges, he is credited with about 200 of them from 1890 through 1915. For five years starting in 1904, the Opera House was called the Palace of Varieties. The theater has the distinction of staging Luciano Pavarotti’s U.K. debut in 1963, the famous Italian tenor’s first year as a performer. The Grand Opera House closed on two occasions but reopened as a venue for musicals, dance, concerts, plays and of course operas after an extensive renovation in 2006.