Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

The exterior of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

The exterior of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Arge

We were fortunate to have a great city guide with good connections who was able to book us a private, behind the scenes tour of the Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The main entrance lobby and grand staircase of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

The main entrance lobby and grand staircase of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Teatro Colón is ranked the third best opera house in the world by National Geographic and is regarded acoustically as one of the five best concert venues in the world.  The interior of the opera house is resplendent, with every marble tile, all of the furniture, crystal and plush details imported from Europe.

The entry hall to the seating areas of the main hall of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

The entry hall to the seating areas of the main hall of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

The beautiful marble sculpture in the entry hall to the seating areas of the main hall of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

The beautiful marble sculpture in the entry hall to the seating areas of the main hall of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

Salón Dorado (The Golden Room) of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Salón Dorado (The Golden Room) of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

The theatre took 20 years to complete and opened in 1908, replacing the original theater that had opened in 1857.  It combines many European architectural styles and influences including Greek columns, French stained glass and Italian 

Ceiling detail from Salón Dorado (The Golden Room) of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ceiling detail from Salón Dorado (The Golden Room) of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Stained glass wall painting at the end of  Salón Dorado (The Golden Room) of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Stained glass wall painting at the end of Salón Dorado (The Golden Room) of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Ceiling detail and moulding in Salón Dorado (The Golden Room) of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ceiling detail and moulding in Salón Dorado (The Golden Room) of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

Stunning stained glass cupola above the main entrance lobby and grand staircase of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Stunning stained glass cupola above the main entrance lobby and grand staircase of Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

The main hall can seat up to 2,500 people and the Teatro Colón has hosted such dignitaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas and Placido Domingo.  Apart from being one of the most important opera houses in the world, it can also brag that Arturo Toscanini thought it to have the best acoustics he had ever heard.  The opera house closed at the end of December 2006 for a planned 18-month, $25 million renovation that blossomed into a three-year, $100 million project.  The opera house today is gorgeous and continues to serve as one of the leading opera houses in the world.

The horseshoe shaped main hall with a 65 foot (20 m) wide stage at Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

The horseshoe shaped main hall with a 65 foot (20 m) wide stage at Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

5 thoughts on “Teatro Colón (Columbus Theatre, the main opera house), Buenos Aires, Argentina

  1. Great photos, Richard! David and I were at Teatro Colón last October to see a Romeo & Juliet Ballet, it was amazing. Your photos bring back memories…

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  2. the first photo is not from the theatre, it’s the main legal offices in buenos aires (in front of colon theatre) it’s a great mistake change it please !

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