Considered one of the best opera houses in the world for its exceptional acoustics, the Colón Theatre is named after explorer Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón in Spain) and features eclectic architectural elements and breathtaking decorations.
Located in Buenos Aires, the opera house dates back to the 19th century, when Argentina wanted to build a European-style opera house in its capital as a symbol of refinement. Three successive European architects designed the theater and supervised its construction over 20 years. The inauguration took place in 1908, with the opera "Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi.
Behind its striking facade, the theater hosts majestic interiors, inspired by the Garnier Opera in Paris. Every corner of the Colón Theatre is decorated with fine attention to detail, and everything is made to ensure the highest quality of acoustics possible. While there is not one defined style, the theater combines eclectic elements from the Italian and French classic styles, blending symmetry, grace, and beauty. The main theater space is designed in the classic horseshoe shape of Italian opera houses, with the dimensions of French opera houses.
The theater underwent some restoration and renovation in 2010. Today, the Colón Theatre ranks in importance with Milan’s La Scala, the Paris Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and London’s Royal Opera House.
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