More info about Teatro Colón:
- The initial project for the Opera House was designed by architect Francesco Tamburini.
- After his death in 1891 he was succeeded by his partner, architect Victor Meano, designer of the Palace of the National Congress of Argentina.
- Construction continued until 1894 but was delayed due to financial difficulties.
- Meano was killed by his wife’s lover at age 454.
- In 1904, after Meano’s death, the government appointed Belgian architect Jules Dormal to finish the construction. Dormal made some structural modifications and left his mark in the French style of the decoration.
- It took over 20 years to construct. The inaugural performance of “Aida” was performed in 1908.
This is one of the two lions that guard the central stair case to the Opera House. They are made of yellow marble (from Siena)and white marble (from Carrara).
I like this sculpture of the ballerina, Norma Fontella which was in the entrance of the opera house.
Here is one of the stained glass windows that was imported from Paris.
These floor tiles were imported from England and installed one by one.
We really enjoyed our tour of the opera house. Here are just a few more facts:
- The main hall is horseshoe-shaped and complies with the most severe standards of classic Italian and French theatre.
- The horseshoe is 29.25 meters wide at its narrowest point, 32.65 at its widest, and 28 meters high.
- It is surrounded by box seats up to the third story.
- It seats a total of 2,478 people, and has standing room for around 500 more.
When we left the opera house after the tour., they were having a tribute to David Bowie on the big screen outside. We didn’t stay long, but did get to hear a bit of his music.