Teatro Colon, considered one of the world’s great theaters, began on May 25, 1908, with a performance of Verdi’s Aida. This theatre replaced the original theatre which began operation in 1857. Teatro Colon’s construction took twenty years even though its original cornerstone was laid in 1890. The original architect, Francesco Tamburini, died in 1891. His partner took over but also died. The final architect, Jules Dormal, completed the theatre.
Theater Colon is huge–originally 8,202 square meters, 3,196 of which is underground. Later 12,000 more meters were added. The total floor space equals 58,000 square meters. The design includes French and Italian styles, and includes dressing and practice rooms, rooms to design sets and create scenery, etc.–this part of the theatre is underground. Everything used in the productions here are created on site.
This is the curtain area. The actual curtain used during performances remains behind what you see here.
Marble, gold, other precious stones and metals are everywhere.
Due to design, its acoustics are known worldwide as one of the best. Every famous opera singer you have ever heard of performed here. This holds true for ballet dancers and orchestras as well.
Currently, the theatre provides a venue for operas, symphonies, ballet, choral music, and contemporary dance among other artistic endeavors. During this March alone, fifteen different performances of varying types occurred here. When we arrived the lines were long, some for buying tickets for performances, others for tours.