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El Teatro Colon
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.
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A Teatro Colon tour
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.
Tour of Teatro Colon
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.
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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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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Musica y teatro
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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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.
Buenos Aires at its best
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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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.
A magnificent theatre
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.
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.
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See one of the world's greatest opera-houses
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.
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The Teatro Colon!
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!
The Teatro Colon... Part 2
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!!!
The Teatro Colon... Part 3
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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