Teatro Colón Buenos Aires ©
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 a time). It is richly decorated inside in scarlet and gold, with frescoes lining the cupola; and has hosted many international performers including Nijinsky, Pavlov, Pavarotti and Domingo. Guided tours take visitors to the theatre's workshops, rehearsal rooms, auditorium and stage.
The theatre suffered during Argentina's political and economic difficulties in the 1990s and early 2000s, with attendance falling and the building suffereing from neglect. However, in 2005 this all changed. The theatre was completely renovated and refurbished, and reopened in 2010 with an animated 3D concert. The acoustics were always very good, and are still the same after the refurbishments; the theatre is considered to be among the top five venues for acoustics in the world, an opinion voiced by Pavarotti amongst others. In addition to concerts and performances, the theatre is also home to the Superior Arts Institution of the Teatro Colon.
Address: Cerrito 618
Telephone: (0)11 4378 7100
Admission: Ticket prices vary. Check the website for specific performances.