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Tuesday, June 23, 2009


The Teatro Colón (Spanish) (Columbus Theatre) in Buenos Aires, Argentina (five blocks walking from Hostel Colonial), is one of the world's major opera houses. 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[2]. The acoustics are considered one of the best five acoustics in opera in the world.
For many years Argentina was a prosperous country with a booming economy, and the Teatro Colón was visited by the foremost singers and opera companies of the time, who would sometimes go on to other cities including Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
The cornerstone of the present Teatro Colón was laid in 1889 under the direction of architect Francesco Tamburini, who designed a theatre in the Italian style on a scale and with amenities which matched those in Europe.
However, delays followed due to financial difficulties, arguments. The building was finally completed in 1908 under the direction of the Belgian architect Julio Dormal who made some changes in the structure and left his mark in the French style of the decoration.
The theatre opened on May 25th. (1908), Patriotic Day in Argentina, with a performance of Verdi's Aida and it quickly became a world-famous operatic venue rivaling La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera in attracting the best opera singers and conductors.

The theatre was closed for refurbishment at the end of October 2006, with plans to reopen in 2010 (Bicentennial Year in Argentina). Contemplating the Teatro Colón is to appreciate the more refined art style in South America.
This is how it can be seen these days

Very soon shine again


Hasmat said...

It's a new knowledge for me. I knew only about argentine football, specially maradona. Who perform's in this house, artists from all over the world?
travel at the beauties of the world

Jorge Ferrari said...

Yes, artists from all over the world like Luciano Pavarotti, Josè Carrera, Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, Alfredo Krauss, Julio Boca, Maximiliano Guerra, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim and others.