While I was in Argentina the Teatro Colon was under renovation, so i didn't get to see the inside. A friend of mine had gone the year before and was absolutely taken by the acoustic quality and grandeur of the treater.
The Colon Theatre is generally considered one of the finest opera houses in the world and has hosted some of the world's great singers.
There are guided tours. From what i heard they are very good, but they are also quite expensive for foreigners (110 pesos- about 20US.) From what I hear the tours are worth it though.
This is a very, very nice theater. It's worth visiting it!
it was inaugurated in 1908 with "Aida" of Giuseppe Verdi.
It is closed till 2010 cause they are restructuring it.
El Teatro Colon fue inaugurado en 1908 con la opera Aida de Giuseppe Verdi. Es reconocido internacionalmente por su excelente acustica como el teatro lirico de mayor envergadura de America Latina y como uno de los 5 mas famosos a nivel mundial. Cuenta con una capacidad para 3.542 espectadores
Esta cerrado hasta el 2010 por remodelacion.
it's one of the most popular Opera places!
With excellent acoustics and modern stage areas, the theatre's interior design features a rich scarlet and gold decor. The cupola contains frescoes painted in 1966 by the renowned 20th century artist Raúl Soldi during renovation work.
The theatre opened on 25 May 1908, Día de la Patria (patric day) in Argentina, with a performance of Verdi’s Aida
The theatre closed for refurbishment at the end of October 2006, with plans to reopen in 2010.
I saw Colon theatre as I was walking along avenue 9 de Julio on my way to the Obelisk. The beautiful building was built at the end of the 19th century and it is even more beautiful at night. It is a big opera with 2500 seats. I’ve heard it has great sound acoustic but I didn’t make it to see a performance inside because it’s under construction till 2010. You can visit the gift shop though.
The first Teatro Colón was opened on April 27, 1857 with the performance of La Traviata. The theatre was located opposite the Plaza de Mayo on the southwest block between the streets Rivadavia, Reconquista, Bartolomé Mitre and 25 de Mayo. The theatre plans were designed by the engineer Carlos Enrique Pellegrini-father of the future president of Argentina. It was designed for an audience of 2500 people.
The theatre had to close in 1888. Its privileged site housed –and still does- the Banco de la Nación Argentina. The present theatre opened in 1908 after twenty years under construction. The auditorium is horseshoe-shaped, has 2,487 seats (slightly more than, say, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England), standing room for 1,000 and a stage which is 20 m wide, 15 m high and 20 m deep. The acoustics are excellent.
The theatre closed for refurbishment at the end of October 2006, with plans to reopen in 2010; the usual guided tours have been cancelled until the theater reopens. But a walk around Teatro Colon and the great impression of its front gives some ideas of its position as one of the cornerstones of Argentine urban culture.
Es uno de los teatros más grandes del Hemisferio sur . Tiene instalaciones para ópera , ballet y música clásica
Actualmente lo están renovando , con lo cual no habrá actuaciones durante varios años y por eso sus artistas y músicos han decidido salir a la calle y dan conciertos y espectáculos en los parques y en teatros de provincias.
Nosotros asistimos al Concierto de Navidad en el Parque de la Rosa Mecánica , donde había miles de personas , con sus manta sobre la yerba , disfrutando el concierto
El Teatro sigue abierto para visitas guiadas(Vale la pena )!!!!!!!!
It is one of the biggest theaters in the South Hemispher .It has instalations for opera , ballet and clasic music
Actually they are refurbishing it and for this reason will not be perfomances in several years and they artists and musicians have decided to go out to the street and to give concerts and perfomances in the parks and in province theaters
We attended the Christmas concert in the Mecanic Rose Park , where there were several thousands of people , with their blankets on the grass , ejoying the concert
The theater is open for guided visits ( It is very interesting) !!!!!!!
This very famous theatre is located rather close to the Obelisco with its back on Avenida 9 de Julio. The official entrance is at Libertad 621 and the ticket office for guided tours at Toscanini 1168.
On our last afternoon in Bs As we were too late for a guided tour and our visit was limited to the outside, the theatre shop (with some interesting gifts) and the café (with an opera singer). We had heard and read a lot about this impressive theatre, so at least you should take a guided tour and even better (I suppose) is to catch a performance.
Guided tours in English : Monday to Sunday 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.
Sept. 2006: Teatro Colon will remain closed for a year to be restored. Check previously if visits will be permited.
The Colon Theatre is a spectacular building in its own right and it is possible to visit the building during the day for guided tours, however I would recommend that if you have the possibility of actually going to the theatre in the evening to see the opera that you do so.
While I was in Buenos Aires on my second trip to the city I was lucky enough to be given a ticket to see "A Midsummer Nights Dream" an Opera. It was such a beautiful place to watch an opera in.
The theatre has seating on the ground level and then about three tiers of smaller booths that run up the walls. Each booth seats up to 6 people. Then higher up there are two floors of standing room space (which I imagine although cheap would be pretty uncomfortable for extended periods of time!).
This beautiful theatre is the biggest in the southern hemisphere. Was constructed between 1889 and 1908 by Vittorio Meano. It was inagurated by Guiseppe´s Verdi´s Aida. Third in size behind the opera houses of Paris and Vienna when inagurated, was voted as the best acoustics for opera before La Scala of Milan. Strauss, Toscanini, Stravinsky and Von Karajan conducted here, Callas, Caruso and Pavarotti sang here, as Nijinsky, Nureyev and Fontayne danced in this mecca of the arts.
Even if you are not a connoisseur of opera, any trip to Buenos Aires should include a visit to one of the world's top opera houses. The attention to detail is absolutely spectacular. Tours are offered during the day, but you will get a better sense of its grandness if you actually see a performance. (You can always leave during intermission if it is too boring.) The most expensive tickets cost about $20, so it is hardly a budget buster.
We didn't have a chance to see a show here, Queen Beatrix of Netherlands was visiting the day we had free (which is why all the flowers appear in the pictures), so the next best thing is to go on a guided tour of the theater.
The website listed the English tours daily at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm but we got on a tour at 10:30 am. They mentioned that the actual theater would be dark, if we had more time, we would have came back a different day because, of course, that is the highlight. The did charge us 2 pesos less to go in, normally a tour is 12 pesos.
The tour starts in the theater and even though it was dark you could still see some of the glorious details of the auditorium. After a brief history, our guide then took us into the basement of the building (all the while I was humming Phantom of the Opera tunes) to see where the performers rehearse, the costumes and wigs are made, the shoe storage (like seeing inside Imelda Marcos' closet!).
Pictures are only allowed in the lobby.
Teatro Colon is hailed as one of the most important theatre house in the world.I cannot comment much since i wasnt able to go and pay a visit!
Sadly during my stay in midNOV 2005, there were like a major strike from the employees so the theatre stopped running plays and most disappointingly the guided tour wasnt available too.Just be sure to attend when theyre operating!
Teatro Colon is considered to be one of the four great opera houses of the world. That is why I decided to make a tour of the opera.
The tours are in Spanish and English. The start every hour and last about 1 hour. As far as I remember the last one starts at 14.00 h.
If you thinking of taking pictures there, you will get disappointed, the only place you can do so is in the foyer. The explanation fo the guide was that somebody bought the copyrights.
Bear in mind that sometimes the tours are overbooked and you would not be able to get in on the next round hour but may be in 2 or 3 hours later.
So, in brief, during the tour you will see the magnificent foyer with the busts of Beethoven and Chaliapin, the costume workshops and practice rooms in the four-story basement, and the performance hall itself, with a chandelier and curtains that weigh tons, and with acoustics so perfect you can hear an unamplified voice singing pianissimo, even in the remotest balconies.
Ah, the price was something like USD 11.
If you're a lover or at least are interested by the opera, well, here in Buenos Aires is located El Teatro Colon, a theater that belongs to this very selected group of world class theaters like La Scala de Milano or L'Opera de Paris.
The accoustic? Impressive because the perfection. About the interior, there are guided visits to know the whole theater, the workshops, the library, the Insititute of Superior Arts, the training and essays rooms, even the "secret corridors", and more
The Architecture is eclectic, massive and beautiful, a classic of the last decades of XIX century, construction started in 1899 but the works was finished in 1907. Typical argentine efficiency...
Famous among famous, some composers that represented personally his masterworks in this theater: Richard Strauss, Arthur Honegger, Igor Stravinsky, Camille Saint-Saëns, Manuel de Falla, and more.
Famous Orchestra Directors: Otto Klemperer, Fritz Reiner, Herbert von Karajan, Arturo Toscanini, Albert Wolff, Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Zubin Mehta, Marek Janowsky, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, etc
Opera singers performed here: Enrico Caruso, Rosa Raisa, Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, Helen Traubel, Aureliano Pertile, Bidu Sayâo, Tito Schipa, Toti Dal Monte, Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Antonieta Stella, Borís Christoff, Montserrat Caballé, Teresa Berganza, Alfredo Kraus, José Carreras, Leona Mitchell, Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo, Hildegard Behrens, Luciano Pavarotti, uff... and more.
Ballet Dancers: Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev, Alicia Alonso, Maia Plissetskaya, Margot Fonteyn, Mijail Baríshnikov, Vladimir Vassiliev, Ekaterina Maxímova, Antonio Gades, Olga Ferri, Norma Fontenla, Wasil Tupin, Julio Bocca, Maximiliano Guerra, Iñaki Urlezaga, Paloma Herrera.... ups! enough.
First opened at the beginning of the 20th century, the Teatro Colón is one of the most impressive opera houses in the world. Some of the greatest performers in the world have come here to enjoy the allegedly near-perfect acoustics. Both the exterior and the interior are richly decorated. Try to catch a performance here if you can.