Colon Theatre, Buenos Aires

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    Buenos Aires at its best

    by luzmaria Updated Mar 7, 2004

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    Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, pintura de Soldi

    the Colon theatre is one of the buildings we re most proud of. not only is it vast and beautiful, but it represents our love for culture and our history. personally, it s one of my favourite places in Bs As. there are plenty of shows and they cost from 2$ (pesos) to 100$
    so that everyone can go.

    You can tour the theater, including the underground containing
    rehearsal halls, tailor and carpentry shops, from 10am to 6pm weekdays.

    The Colon Theater, inaugurated in 1908, is the pride of portenios (like me).
    It has hosted, and still hosts, the most famous artists of the national and international opera and ballet. Caruso, Gigli, María Callas, Victoria de los Angeles, Krauss, Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti were among the renowned singers. It received dancers such as Alicia Alonso, Margot Fonteyn, Paloma Herrera, Nijinski, Nureiev, Barishnikov and Julio Bocca. Orchestra directors as Stravinsky, Toscanini, Von Karajan and Zubin Metha have also presented in the theater.Among the endless number of shows offered, music has a special place.

    Those who love classical music can choose from a wide variety of concerts performed in different theaters, such as Colón and the Coliseo. Both the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Symphonic Orchestra offer free concerts.

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    BUENOS AIRES : TEATRO COLON

    by swesn Written Feb 24, 2004

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    Fine architecture of Teatro Colon

    Teatro Colon was opened in 1908. This is one of the world's greatest opera houses due to its capacity, its acoustics and its workshops.

    Its interior is resplendent, with every marble tile, furniture, crystal, plush, imported from Europe.

    Guided tours will take you to visit the underground network of dressing rooms, workshops, storage rooms, and rehearsal halls, with even a replica of the stage under the Avenida 9 de Julio.

    Main entrance on Libertad, between Tucuman and Viamonte.

    There are interesting cultural programmes all the time. Depending on your interests and what you can afford, you can visit the ticket office from Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm.

    Some tango performances (orchestra, not dance) offer really cheap tickets.

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    BA's Opera House

    by Marcos_BA Written Feb 1, 2004
    The Teatro Col��n from the scenery

    The Teatro Colón is the biggest Opera house in the country, and one of the world's finest. The wise people say it has one of the best acoustics worlwide. It really worths the visit.

    Guided tours are held every hour between 10 am and 5 pm from Tuesday to Friday. On Saturdays, there are at 11 am, noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. I advice you to call first to check out whether there have been any changes in the schedule.

    If you want to try your luck and see if there are any tickets left, the ticket office is open everyday. It is not cheap and people go very well dressed. Make a note of that, because you will feel like an idiot if you go with a "I love Cancún" t-shirt.

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    Teatro Colon (2)

    by goshawk301 Updated Jan 14, 2004
    Auditorium ceiling

    Tours of the theater's interior and backstage are given; we didn't take it, although I understand it's quite worthwhile. But since this is a temple for music, I'd strongly suggest you catch a live performance if at all possible. The box office is *underneath* the theater, off a covered alleyway that crosses from one side to the other. Given the exchange rate, the ticket price was very reasonable (the box office takes credit cards).

    We saw an intriguing, modern production of Wagner's "Der fliegende Hollaender" conducted by Charles Dutoit. We shared a box with opera lovers from in town as well as from Italy and Poland. Afterwards we strolled over to Cafe Tortoni as we debated the merits of the production (I was a bit skeptical). But the whole evening was like a blessed dream, an unforgettable experience.

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    Teatro Colon (1)

    by goshawk301 Updated Jan 13, 2004
    Theater entrance

    Teatro Colon is a magnificent theater! It is bounded on all sides by streets, and on every side it presents a beautiful, elegant aspect - the back side is as beautiful to look at as the facade! (In fact, the rear end of the theater facing 9 de Julio seems photographed more often than the front.) Inside, splendid staircases and corridors lead to a magnificent seven-tiered auditorium capped by a beautiful sky-blue ceiling fresco . Although it is a large theater (seating 2,500), its architecture and interior design give an impression of elegance and delicacy, rather than grandeur.

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    The Colon Theatre

    by wadekorzan Updated Jan 7, 2004

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    Teatro Colon

    This is the famous opera house of Argentina. It is said to have 1 of the best acoustics in the world. The building itself is almost 100 years old, and structurally it is beautiful on the exterior. The interioir is strikingly beautiful, any no visitor to Buenos Aires should miss the chance to take a tour of the theatre.

    Times of the tours vary depending upon the season, the day, and the mood sometimes of whoever is in charge. As a general rule, usually there are no tours on Mondays as it is "cleaning day". During the summer season, there is usually a tour every hour on the hour from about 10 AM - 4/5 PM, and in winter there are just a few tours per day. Tours are in Spanish or in English.

    The price for non-Argentiniens is 10 pesos which now, January 2004 is about 3.50 US dollars).

    To see a performance at the theatre is great, too, but in summer the opera takes a break.

    To get here, take a taxi or take the GREEN line subway to subway stop TRIBUNALES, and you are there! The theatre is located on the famous and wide Avenida 9 de Julio, near the Obelisk.

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    A masterpiece of architechture - The Colon theater

    by oldmonk_92129 Written Dec 30, 2003

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    Colon theater replica

    If you had only one place to visit in Buenos Aires, do visit the Colon Theater.
    It was built in wealthier times in Argentina. The architechture and marble inlay work is brilliant. Tours are conducted both in Spanish and English. Cost is 7 pesos. It is a pity that they do not allow photos at most places.
    If you have time, see an opera. Carmen was running when I was there.
    The tour takes you through three levels of the studio. It goes right under the 9 Avenue julio. There is a full fledged workshop that produces all the costumes needed.

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    A magnificent theatre

    by andal13 Updated Nov 19, 2003

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    In front of Teatro Col��n

    No doubt, Teatro Colón is the most important and famous theatre of the whole region. It is a magnificent building, Italian Renaissence style, with a capacity of 2500 spectators, and there are no ballet, opera or concert shows that do not dream of playing at Teatro Colón.
    The theatre has two orchestras, one chorus and a corps de ballet.
    Famous artist have performed on this stage:
    musicians like Igor Stravinsky, Manuel de Falla or Camille de Saint-Saëns; directors like Otto von Karajan, Arturo Toscanini or Zubin Mehta; singers like Enrico Caruso, Tito Schipa, Maria Callas, Alfredo Krauss, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa; dancers like Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinski, rudolf Nureijev, Margot Fonteyn, Alicia Alonso, Julio Boca or Maximiliano Guerra... the best of each discipline.
    If you want any information about programming or guided visits, you can check the website.

    Sin dudas, el Teatro Colón es el teatro más importante y famoso de toda la región. Es un edificio magnífico, construido en estilo renacimiento italiano, con un aforo de 2500 localidades, y no hay compañía de ballet, ópera u orquesta que no sueñe con acturar en el Colón.
    El teatro cuenta con dos orquestas, un coro y un cuerpo de baile.

    Famosos artistas han actuado en este escenario:
    músicos como Igor Stravinsky, Manuel de Falla o Camille de Saint-Saëns; directores como Otto von Karajan, Arturo Toscanini o Zubin Mehta; cantantes como Enrico Caruso, Tito Schipa, Maria Callas, Alfredo Krauss, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa; bailarines como Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinski, rudolf Nureijev, Margot Fonteyn, Alicia Alonso, Julio Boca o Maximiliano Guerra... lo mejor de cada disciplina.
    Si desean cualquier información acerca de los programas o de las visitas guiadas, pueden chequear el sitio web.

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    Teatro Colon is worth at least TWO visits

    by Tim&Kim Written Nov 18, 2003
    The Teatro Colon at night

    The Teatro Colon is a beautiful place to visit at least twice.

    You should visit for the tour of the theatre complex. It shows more than just the architecture and takes you behind the scenes to see where the costumes are made and the sets are built. Of course, the building is beautiful and the tour guides tell you much about the history as well.

    You should also attend a performance of some kind at the Teatro Colon. The ticket prices are very reasonable. While we were there, we saw a great performance of the Mozart opera, Idomeneo.

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    Teatro Colon

    by acemj Updated Nov 18, 2003

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    The greatest disappointment of my trip to Buenos Aires was missing the tour of Teatro Colon. I was in a bit of a rush and I went to the theater on my last day in town with the intent of taking the tour, however, my timing was off and I missed out. Make sure you don't make the same mistake. You can avoid this by calling the theater first and finding out the scheduled times to visit and then make sure you arrive at least thirty minutes early and line up to ensure your spot. I discussed this place with some well-traveled locals who had been to such esteemed opera house such as La Scala in Milan and many drew the same conclusion: Teatro Colon is the most beautiful in the world. Next time I'm in BA, I'll find out for myself.

    The theater took 80 years to complete and opened in 1908. It combines many European architectural styles and influences including Greek columns, French stained glass and Italian marble. The main hall can seat up to 2500 people and the Colon has hosted such opera dignitaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas and Placido Domingo.

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    The Teatro Colon... Part 4

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Concert Pianist & 3 ton Curtains!

    If you are there on a Monday, they have a special 2 peso concert. You should attend! I did, and got very lucky. A gentleman played the piano in front of a very grateful crowd. He played mostly DeBussy and I was in heaven. Not just because i was in the 6th Level, smile, but because the accoustics were SO wonderful, I heard everything crystal clear. Remarkable! Do try to see a concert there if you can!!!

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    The Teatro Colon... Part 3

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    ALL 8 Levels!

    The Opera House has perfect accoustics, and houses 2500 seated guests... and an additional 500 for SRO (Standing Room Only) on the 7th level. Yes, this opera house has 7 levels of seating. Eight should you count the Widows Section which is sub-level and has iron grate covers. (Widows were not to be seen in public during their Mourning period!!!)

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    The Teatro Colon... Part 2

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Stage

    I enjoyed the tour and was fascinated by the facts... it took 3 architects to complete it in 1908. There are multi-types of marble used throughout... the Stage Curtains weigh 3 tons! 700 lightbulbs are used in the theater chandelier... I could go on!!!

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    The Teatro Colon!

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    Sculpture in the Lobby

    This was probably the highlight of my trip! The visit to the Opera house. It was fascinating and beautiful. I fell in love with an Opera house, smile... I suggest you take the tour... they have them practically every hour, if not every half hour. And in many languages as well. It costs only about $2.00USD and lasts nearly an hour!

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    El Teatro Colon

    by Marcos_Ar Written Sep 13, 2003
    Teatro Col��n from outside.

    The new Teatro Colón (Colón Theater) was built on 19th century to replace the old one, which was destroyed on a fire. The old Teatro Colón is now the Banco de la Nación building, in the Plaza de Mayo.

    The theater was completely made with material imported from France, Belgium and Italy. A must is the Salón Dorado (Golden Room), where some concerts take place. It is very nice.

    I don't really know if you can go by yourself, but I am sure there are some guided tours. Ask at your hotel's front desk or visit the theater's website.

    Main entrance is on Libertad 621, but there is another one on Toscanini 1168. Libertad entrance is only open when there are spectacles inside.

    Some people that cannot go to the opera or concerts that night sell their tickets. I recommend you to go if you have the chance, as it is very nice and spectacles are very good. Dress code: Very very formal.

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