After almost four years of restoration works, Buenos Aires' renowned opera house, the Teatro Colón is open once again. The Colón is considered one of the top five opera houses in the world. The 2010 Season will feature great figures as Argentine-born Daniel Barenboim, Director of the State Opera Berlin; Indian conductor Zubin Mehta with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra; Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff and Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma. And the operas:
Don Giovanni in July
Manon in August
Kátia Kabanová in September
A Florentine Tragedy /Violanta in October
Falstaff end of November early December
The renovation cost was about $100 million and nothing was spared to restore this Belle Époque gem to its former glory. Designed by architects Francisco Tamburini, Victor Meano and Jules Dormal, and built from 1889 to 1908, the seven-tier Teatro Colon covers a total area of 37,884 square metres with over 2,500 seats. Its style is a combination of Italian Renaissance and Classical Greek.
More than a thousand craftsmen and artisans worked in the restoration, removing layer after layer of paint, freeing frescoes from decades-old patina, applying new gold leaf, polishing Italian marble and refinishing parquet floors. The top priority was to do nothing that could alter the acoustics.
Metropolitan Touring Argentina offers a 3-night package, with 5* hotel, in/out transfers, Buenos Aires excursion, preferential skating at Teatro Colon, dinner at La Luciérnaga and Tango Show at the Corner of Carlos Gardel for US$930 in double, from June to September.