The Teatro Colón, in the City of Buenos Aires, is considered one of the best theaters in the world. Acknowledged for its acoustics and the artistic value of its construction, it turned 100 years in 2008.
The theater is now located in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires, among the streets Cerrito, Viamonte, Tucumán and Libertad. It was inaugurated on May 25th, 1908 with Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida.
The architect in charge of the initial project was Francesco Tamburini. After his death in 1891, the project was continued and modified by his partner Víctor Meano, the architect of the Argentinian Congress building. Meano was murdered in his house and the government assigned the Belgian Jules Dormal to finish the construction. Dormal introduced some structural changes and stamped his French style on the decoration.
The Teatro Colón’s building has an eclectic style, typical of the beginning of the 20th century.The total area of the Teatro Colón is 58,000 m2.
The main hall, in the shape of a horseshoe, fulfils the most severe standards of the Italian and French classic theater. It has box seats up to the third floor. It can hold up to 2,478 people sitting, but the shows can also be attended by 500 people standing. Its 318 m2 dome used to have paintings by Marcel Jambon, but they got damaged in the 1930s. the repainting of the dome was assigned to the Argentinian painter Raúl Soldi.
The orchestra pit can hold up to 120 musicians. It has been treated with a resonance chamber and special curves for the reflection of sound. These conditions, together with the architectural proportions of the hall and the quality of the materials used, give the Teatro Colón exceptional acoustics, globally acknowledged among the most perfect in the world.
Monday to Sunday, including holidays.
(except for May 1st, December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st).
As from Friday, January 10th, 2014, guided tours will be offered on a daily basis from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
SPECIAL HOURS FOR PERFORMANCE SUNDAYS
Guided tours will be suspended between 10.00 AM and 1:30 PM whenever there are admission-free, 11.00 AM performances at the Teatro Colón.
If performances are scheduled for the afternoon (5.00 PM), the last guided tour will depart at 3.00 PM.