Much like Rio de Janeiro's Teatro Municipal, the São Paulo opera house was modelled after Opéra Garnier in Paris. Both were constructed during imperial Brazil when opera was very popular among the élite. São Paulo's eclectic-style Belle Époque edifice was designed by the Italian architects, Cláudio Rossi and Domiziano Rossi, and built by Ramos de Azevedo, the celebrated Paulistano engineer whose name is eternalised in the square outside the theatre. The inauguration of Teatro Municipal was in 1911 with a performance of Hamlet.
This part of the old downtown, classical side of the city, where everything happens..Pedestrians streets everywhere, large avenues such as Ipiranga, Rio branco..And very old buildings such as the Light Shopping Center and the City's Opera House, the Glorious Teatro Municipal
These picture was taken in the last week of April 2006
The most traditional theater for classical music and performances! From Luciano Pavarotti to the Bolshoi Ballet, this stage has seen it all! Not mention the great brazilian artists who call it home...
If the performances are not to your taste, then visit the theater for its architecture (modelled on the Paris Opera) and great guided tours (free - tuesdays to fridays, from 12:00 to 14:00) and exhibitions with the costume of former performances, pictures and stories of all the great artists.
When you come to Brazil you will be impressed that we have huge urban cities, our progress is always runing against the clock!
But you have islands of culture everywhere you go in São Paulo.
The Teatro Municipal is one of the must see places in the city!
September 12th, 2004
The theatro municipal is beautiful, and i also was fortunate enough to find out that they have free shows some mondays, tuesdays, and wednesdays at 11am--so go in and check with the ticket people or read the flyers. Beautiful theater on the inside, and worth visiting even if you dont get to see the free show:)