Teatro Colon © Roger Schultz
The Teatro Colón opened in 1908 and is one of the largest performing arts theatres in the southern hemisphere, second only to the Sydney Opera House in Australia. It was designed by Italian architect Francisco Tamburri and is an Italian Renaissance-style building with a seating capacity of 2,500 (although more people have been squeezed in at times). Richly decorated in scarlet and gold with frescoes lining the cupola, the theatre has hosted many international performers including Nijinsky, Pavlov, Pavarotti and Domingo, and is considered to be among the top five venues for acoustics in the world, an opinion voiced by Pavarotti amongst others.
The theatre suffered during Argentina's political and economic difficulties in the 1990s and early 2000s, with attendance falling and the building suffering from neglect. However, in 2005 the theatre was completely renovated and refurbished, and reopened in 2010. In addition to hosting various concerts and performances, the theatre is also home to the Superior Arts Institution of the Teatro Colón, and guided tours take visitors to the theatre's workshops, rehearsal rooms, auditorium and stage.
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