Teatro Colón

Buenos Aires, Argentina | C.1908

Photo Credit: Andrea Grevex

Opera aficionados hold the Teatro Colón in high regard. This Argentinian opera house is considered one of the ten best in the world according to National Geographic, and one of the five best concert venues acoustically according to Acoustics Today.

Located in Buenos Aires, the theater that stands today was not the original. The first Teatro Colón, built in front of the Plaza de Mayo, was open from 1857-1888. It wasn’t until 20 years later that the theater would reopen with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aïda.

Before 1925, Teatro Colón hired foreign companies to produce all manner of operas, ballets, and choirs. To help highlight the arts in Buenos Aires, the city stepped forward to provide the funding necessary to carry out locally-produced performances.

A laundry list of composers, singers, dancers, and more have graced the Teatro Colón stage. Notable names include Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Plácido Domingo, Anna Pavlova, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Teatro Colón proudly celebrated its 100th birthday in 2008 by opening a restoration project of many architectural features. Visitors are welcome to take guided tours of the opera house in English everyday from 9AM to 5PM local time.

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