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Teatro Colón, a must in BA

Teatro Colón, a must in BA

Explore the magestic Teatro Colón, a cultural gem of Argentina and a world famous Opera House. Discover the artistic legacy that has adorned its stages, and admire the ceiling frescoes and the famous auditorium.

January 25, 2024

The Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires is one of the most important opera houses in the world. Its rich and prestigious history and the exceptional acoustic and architectural conditions of its building place it at the level of theaters such as the Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera, the Vienna Opera, Covent Garden in London and the Metropolitan in New York.

In its first location, the Teatro Colón operated from 1857 to 1888, the year in which it was closed for the construction of a new hall. It was inaugurated on May 25, 1908 with a performance of Aida. In its beginnings, the Colón hired foreign companies for its seasons; Starting in 1925 it had its own stable bodies – Orchestra, Ballet and Choir – and its own production workshops, which allowed it, already in the 1930s, to organize its own seasons financed by the city budget. Since then, the Teatro Colón has been defined as a seasonal theater or stagione with the capacity to fully carry out an entire production thanks to the professionalism of its specialized scenic teams.

Throughout its history, no important artist in the last 110 years has failed to set foot on its stage. Suffice it to mention singers like Enrico Caruso, Claudia Muzio, Maria Callas, Régine Crespin, Birgit Nilsson, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, dancers like Vaslav Nijinski, Margot Fonteyn, Maia Plisetskaia, Rudolf Nureyev, Mijail Barishnikov, directors like Arturo Toscanini, Herbert von Karajan, Héctor Panizza, Ferdinand Leitner, among dozens more. It is also common that, following the tradition inaugurated by Richard Strauss, Camille Saint-Saëns, Pietro Mascagni and Ottorino Respighi, composers come to the Colón to direct or supervise the premieres of their own works.

Several first-class teachers worked here steadily until they achieved high artistic goals, such as Erich Kleiber, Fritz Busch, stage directors such as Margarita Wallmann or Ernst Poettgen, dance teachers such as Bronislawa Nijinska or Tamara Grigorieva, choir directors such as Romano Gandolfi or Tullio Boni. , without failing to mention the numerous instrumental soloists and symphony and chamber orchestras who offered unforgettable evenings throughout more than a hundred years of sustained activity.

As of 2010, the Teatro Colón exhibits a building restored in all its original splendor, giving a framework of distinguished hierarchy to its presentations. For all these reasons, the Teatro Colón is a pride of Argentine culture and a reference center for opera, dance and academic music around the world.

Where: Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, 1171 Tucumán street.

When: Open every day of the year (except May 1st, December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st) from 9am to 5pm

More info:
+54 11 4378-7100
[email protected] Mon - Fri 10am to 6pm



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