The Colon Theater of Buenos Aires is one of the most important opera houses in the world. Its rich and prestigious history and the exceptional acoustic and architectural conditions of its building place it at the level of theaters such as the Scala in Milan, the Opera in Paris, the Vienna Opera, the Covent Garden in London and the Metropolitan in New York.
In its first headquarters, the Teatro Colón operated from 1857 to 1888, the year in which it was closed for the construction of a new hall. This was inaugurated on May 25, 1908 with a feature of Aida. In its beginnings, the Colon contracted for its seasons to foreign companies; from 1925 he had his own stable bodies - Orchestra, Ballet and Choir - and his own production workshops, which allowed him, already in the 1930s, to organize their own seasons financed by the city budget. Since then, the Teatro Colón has been defined as a seasonal or stagione theater with the capacity to carry out the entire production thanks to the professionalism of its specialized scenographic bodies.
Throughout its history, no important artist of the twentieth century has stopped stepping on its stage. Suffice it to mention singers Enrico Caruso, Claudia Muzio, Maria Callas, Régine Crespin, Birgit Nilsson, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, dancers Vaslav Nijinski, Margot Fonteyn, Maia Plisetskaia, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Barishnikov, directors Arturo Toscanini, Herbert von Karajan, Hector Panizza, Ferdinand Leitner, among dozens more. It is also frequent that, following the tradition inaugurated by Richard Strauss, Camille Saint-Saëns, Pietro Mascagni and Ottorino Respighi, the composers come to Columbus to direct or supervise the premieres of their own works.
Several leading teachers worked here to achieve high artistic goals, such as Erich Kleiber, Fritz Busch, stage directors such as Margarita Wallmann or Ernst Poettgen, dance masters such as Bronislawa Nijinska or Tamara Grigorieva, choir directors such as Romano Gandolfi or Tullio Boni , not to mention the numerous instrumental soloists and symphonic and chamber orchestras that offered unforgettable evenings in our scenario throughout more than one hundred years of sustained activity.
Finally, from the year 2010, the Teatro Colón exhibits a restored building in all its original splendor, giving a framework of distinguished hierarchy to its presentations.
For all these reasons, the Teatro Colón is a pride of the Argentine culture and a center of reference for opera, dance and academic music throughout the world.