Colon Theatre, Buenos Aires

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Libertad 621 y Toscanini 1168 4378 -7133

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    Teatro Colon

    by Maggies Updated Apr 13, 2005

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    Teatro Colon

    The theater was built in the beginning of 20th century and soon got a fame of being one of world's best. Its house has a height of 7 floors and it has a room for 3 500 spectators. The scene has 620 square meters and it's set on the moving platform, which allows to change it really quickly. There are 1000 people employed in the theater.
    Not only the numbers are impressive, so is the theater itself. It looks beautiful and it shows great plays.

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    Impressive Theatre

    by Patriquito Written Mar 26, 2005
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    The theatre is the second largest in the southern hemisphere right after the one in Sydney. They offer guided tours without visiting a show for 7 Pesos. The rates for the shows are also affordable. For its architecture and its impressive size it's worth visiting. Regarding the shows everyone should consider for himself whether he's interested or not.
    Find out about programs and rates on their website.

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    Go to this theater!!

    by AngieMae Written Mar 19, 2005
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    This theater is amazing!! When I walk inside I remained with my mouth open..
    First you buy the tickets (It's important, that if you are a student visitor, have the international student card,with this, the tickets are a lot cheaper).
    You can choose between a spanish or english visit. guided.
    Well, you take a walk by all the rooms, seat in the important seats of the Big Room, the picture room, ..it's necessary to see it =)

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    A Beautiful Theatre

    by lkdahl Written Mar 9, 2005

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    The Colon Theatre is one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. It opened in 1908. The marble used to build this theater was shipped in from different regions of Italy and Portugal.

    The stainglass windows in the main hall was made in Paris and some of the sculptures were done in Europe and shipped to the theater.

    The theater has seven levels of seating that go around in a horshoe shape and a mainfloor seating area. Sitting and standing, the theater can accomadate 3000 spectators.

    I took the English guided tour. The cost was $5 pesos and you are only allowed to take photos in the main hall area.

    As well as seeing the theater, they took us to the sublevels of the theater. Where sets and costumes are made. The basement levels were not completed until the 1930's.

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    Hear it to believe it!

    by ddbleu Written Mar 1, 2005

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    The new season was just starting in late Feb. 2005. Apparently you can only buy tickets at the theater. I stood in line for an hour and a half. I think this was because it was the first day they opened up ticket sales to non-subscribers. It was worth the wait! I bought the best available seat for $40 pesos. They say the acoustics are perfect and it seemed so to me. The B.A. Philharmonic performed classical Musica Pop under the direction of Arturo Diemecke. It was fantastic! The theater is incredibly ornate and beautiful. Don't miss this. It's great people watching too...

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    TEATRO COLON

    by mtncorg Written Dec 12, 2004

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    The opulence of the Colon as seen from Libertad

    One of the World’s greatest opera houses with a capacity for 3542 people, the Colon opened in 1908 after a building period of 20 years. Contained within includes its own ballet and theater company, an orchestra, workshops, schools and a museum. Magnificence in detail and size with daily tours available Monday through Saturday in case you are unable – or if you are able – to attend a performance.

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    Teatro Colon

    by obcbreeze Written Nov 6, 2004

    We took the backstage tour of this magnificent building. You will encounter singers and actors who perform for your group. There was a dress reherarsal in progress while we were there and we listened to a bit of it.

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    Inside Colon Theatre

    by mydreamquest Written Oct 17, 2004
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    I was very lucky to see "Magic Flute" in Colon Theatre where I met up with a close VT Friend of mine, Vic the Traveler.

    Here is a picture from our booth of the other booths on the night of April 13, 2004.

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    You must enjoy an Opera at Colon Theatre

    by mydreamquest Written Oct 17, 2004
    At the colon theatre: look up and this is it!

    I was in Colon Theatre last April 2004. I even met a well known outspoken Buenos Aires VT-er.

    I saw Mozart's "Magic Flute." The Colon Theatre is a very large opera house. It is probably larger than Vienna's State Opera house. The interior is fairly similar but the atmosphere of this place at night is quite captivating, even when I was there on a Wednesday night. This picture is what you see when you look up when you're standing in the center of seating area here.

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    A fitting tribute to Colon!

    by ets Written Sep 30, 2004

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    Magnificent architecture.

    The architecture is a masterpiece, and harkens back to a different period in history, long before jet planes and computers and Argentina was still a very wealthy country.

    This picture was taken from my room on the 19th floor at the CrownePlaza Pan-Americano in midtown Buenos Aires It's a great place to stay if you also want to be within walking distance of Casa Rosada, the Obelisk, Lavalle Street & Gallarias Pacifica shopping, Puerto Madero, and even Recoleta.

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    Musica y teatro

    by MeZuGa Written Aug 29, 2004

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    Los espectáculos teatrales se inician en Buenos Aires a fines del siglo XVIII. En tiempos del virrey Vértiz se construyó el Teatro de la Ranchería, en la esquina de Perú y Alsina. Allí se estrenó, en 1789, la primera versión de “Siripo”, de Manuel José de Labardén. Como complemento de los dramas y comedias se ofrecían tonadillas -como se hacía en España- que cantaban las actrices y los actores con acompañamiento de guitarra y concluían con el baile de boleras y seguidillas.
    El Teatro de la Ranchería o Casa de Comedias fue destruido por un incendio, en agosto de 1792. Hasta la construcción del teatro Coliseo, en 1804, Buenos Aires permaneció sin teatro, pero la actividad se realizaba en cualquier lugar adecuado y accesible a la concurrencia. El 27 de abril de 1857, con la puesta de “La Traviata”, se inaugura el Teatro Colón, frente a la Plaza de Mayo, en la esquina sudoeste de la manzana comprendida entre Rivadavia, Reconquista, Bartolomé Mitre y 25 de Mayo.

    The theatrical spectacles begin in Buenos Aires at the end of the XVIIIth century. In times of the viceroy Vértiz the Theater of the Settlement was constructed, in the corner of Peru and Alsina. There there had the premiere, in 1789, the first version of "Siripo", of Manuel José de Labardén. As omplement of the dramas and comedies there were offering little tunes - as it was doing in Spain - that the actresses and the actors were singing with accompaniment of guitar and were concluding with the dance of boleras and seguidillas.
    The Theater of the Settlement or House of Comedies was destroyed by a fire, in August, 1792. Up to the construction of the theater Coliseum, in 1804, Buenos Aires remained without theater, but the activity was realized in any suitable and accessible place to the concourse. On April 27, 1857, with the putting of ? The Traviata ?, Columbus inaugurates the Theater, opposite to the Square of May, in the South-Western corner of the apple understood between Rivadavia, Reconquest, Bartolomé Mitre and May 25.

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    Teatro Colon

    by Sonador3 Updated May 26, 2004

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    How does one describe such a majestic palace? I'm sure my words will pale to others who do a much better job in their descriptions. But no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without at least just stopping by to take a peak. It is truly a monumental building and is known for its large dimensions, harmonic identity in the facades and the luxury of the interior. And in the words of the Clarin "The superb decoration and acoustics make a visit mandatory for musicians, melomaniacs (sic) and tourists".

    With its excellent acoustics and a capacity for 3,542 people it really is one of the most important opera houses in the world and attracting some of the most important ballet dancers, classical musicians and opera singers of the 20th century, such as: Caruso, Pavarotti and Callas.

    If you don't attend any of the performances, then I suggest taking a guided tour. They include the Lyrical Art and Musical Instruments Museum. For tours: 4378-7133

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    Teatro Colón

    by Constanza Written May 3, 2004

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    Located near Plaza Lavalle, the Teatro Colón is regarded as one of the greatest opera houses in the world and is an essential visit even for those not usually interested in classical music. The Italian Renaissance-style building highlights the city’s European feel.

    Designed by Italian architect Francisco Tamburri, the theatre has seen the likes of Vaslov Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova grace the stage with their dance. Bernstein, Strauss and Stravinsky have conducted here and Caruso, Melba, Callas, Pavarotti and Domingo have all sung in the 2500-seater auditorium and tested the highly regarded acoustics.

    Visitors to the theatre have to take one of the guided tours; they will find themselves being led through the Central Hall, the ornately gilded and mirrored Salon Dorado and the auditorium, whose Dome is decorated with frescoes by Raul Soldi.

    Tours also take in the workshops where visitors might see the 1000-sq-metre (11,100-sq-ft) backdrop for each opera being hand-painted by the expert craftspeople. There are also items of clothing and footwear, used in past performances, on view.

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    Teatro Colon

    by dargains Written Apr 28, 2004

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    Teatro Colon

    Construido no inicio do sec XX, com capacidade para 3 mil pessoas, alem de ser muito rico em materias nobres e uma das melhores salas do Mundo

    Built in the beggining in the XXth century, has capacity for 3.000 people, built with lots of noble material, it?s one of the best halls in the world

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    Opera at the Colon Theater

    by pourlu Updated Apr 18, 2004

    We went to the opera and saw "The Magic Flute." The sound system is superb. I highly recommend that you do NOT purchase tickets that are "partial view." We did because of time constraints, and could only see half of the stage.

    On some Mondays they have other musical shows for 2 pesos per person. What a bargain!

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