The Teatro Cólon ("Cólon Theater") is one of Argentina’s leading performing arts spaces and definitely one of Buenos Aires’ cultural highlights. This beautiful, seven-story theater is a unique venue for opera, classical concerts and ballet. In fact, the Teatro Cólon is regularly ranked as one of the top opera houses in the world.
But even if you don’t consider yourself a hardcore opera lover, attending a performance at the Teatro Cólon is an experience to remember – for both visitors and residents alike.
The entrance of Teatro Colon — Photo courtesy of TESS Worldwide
The theater’s impressive interior is a striking mix of red and gold, with soaring domes and columns. The lovely exterior architecture has also made the opera house one of Buenos Aires’ most recognized landmarks, along with the Obelisk and Puente de la Mujer. Frankly, if you enjoy cultural events, a visit to the Cólon Theater is a must in Buenos Aires.
As a performing arts venue, the Teatro Cólon is known for its good acoustics and grand performances. There’s nothing like sitting back and watching the evening’s program unfold before you in this extraordinary space. The balcony seats are a particularly fun place to choose to experience the theater, but there isn't a bad place to sit amongst the almost 2,500 seats available.
One of the most anticipated operas of the Teatro Cólon’s 2014 season is Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde this August, with the Western Eastern Divan Orchestra (WEDO). The powerful 19th-century opera recounts the tragic love story between the two main characters. You may have seen the movie version of this 12th-century legend with actors James Franco and Sofia Myles, but there’s nothing like the opera version of this tale.
If you’re not around in August though, that’s okay. Other upcoming performances this opera season include the following: Idomeneo, Falstaff, Elektra and Madame Butterfly – classics from Mozart, Verdi, Strauss and Puccini, respectively. Madame Butterfly at the end of the year will be a particularly popular choice, so try to get your tickets as far in advance as you can.
If an evening performance is not in the cards for you, however, rest assured that you don’t have to attend the opera to enjoy the Teatro Cólon. You can still come to admire the architecture inside and out. Guided tours of the theater’s interior are available every day, with the exception of May 1, Christmas and New Year’s.