The Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires has already presented its program for the 2010 Season. Happily, the companies will return to the theater’s concert hall that will be inaugurated on May 25th, 2010, with a Reopening Gala in celebration of the May Revolution Bicentenary. The 2010 Season will feature great figures as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta Paloma Herrera, and Yo-Yo Ma.
We cannot wait for the reopening! And if you come to visit us you also will be able to enjoy one of the most amazing theaters in the world —along with the rest of us. There are already tickets sold for the first show. But don´t wait so long! Everybody wants to be at the Reopening Gala!!
The theater opened on May 25, 1908, the Día de la patria (Motherland Day) in Argentina, with a performance of Verdi’s Aida. It quickly became a world-famous operatic venue rivaling La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera in attracting artists.
With excellent acoustics and modern stage areas, the theater’s interior design features a rich scarlet and gold decor. The cupola contains frescoes painted in 1966 by the renowned 20th century artist Raul Soldi during the renovation work.
Ever since the staging of Aída, various figures performed on this prodigious stage. Dance and ballet artists played their roles here and not only did they leave a long-lasting mark but also found in most cases the top roof of their careers thanks to the theater. Celebrities like Arturo Toscanini, Enrico Caruso and Titta Rufo, Richard Strauss and Arthur Nikisch, Lily Pons, Igor Stravinsky, María Callas and Maia Plissetskaya, to name a few, have accounted for what the Colón represented.
Luciano Pavarotti, considered by many as the greatest tenor in history, said about the theater: “…it has a very big defect, its acoustic is simply perfect. Imagine what that means for a singer: if one makes a mistake, it is noticed immediately …”
Plácido Domingo, another great tenor of the XX century, reviewed: “…what has impressed me most about the Colón Theater has always been its orchestra and its choir, as well as the wonderful workshops that work out any problem in a matter of minutes. The Colón is a marvelous theater, I would say it cannot be compared to any other theater in the world, because in addition to its artistic history, only masterpieces have been presented in its stage ever since its inauguration”.
ABONO DEL BICENTENARIO (BICENTENARY CONCERTS)
A total of 8 concerts that will get together some of the most resounding figures in the season: Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta and Yo-Yo Ma.
Friday, June 11, 8 pm:
Yo-Yo Ma, violonchelo
Kathryn Stott, piano
Tuesday, August 24, 8 pm:
András Schiff, piano
Wednesday, August 25, 8 pm:
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Director: Daniel Barenboim
Sunday, August 17 – Monday, August 30 – Tuesday, August 31, 8 pm:
Teatro Alla Scala de Milán Orchestra and Choir
Director: Daniel Barenboim
Tuesday, September 14, 8 pm:
Karin Lechner / Sergio Tiempo, Pianos
Friday, October 1, 8 pm:
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Director: Zubin Mehta
Friday, November 26, 8 pm:
Concert of the Bicentenaries
Director: Enrique Arturo Diemecke