(Photo by Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)
The Colón Theatre is one of the city`s most popular attractions. It is internationally known for its beautiful architecture and impeccable acoustics. Touring the Opera House is one option, but the best way to experience its virtues, is by attending one of the Operas, ballets or concerts that are staged throughout the year.
Ticket prices are varied and can range from 30 pesos (approx. 7 USD) standing at the back of the theatre, to approximately 490 pesos ( approx. 100 USD) for front row seating at a ballet and up to 950 pesos (approx. 200USD) for front row seating at the opera. Keep in mind that concerts are cheaper than ballets and operas, and that on some Sunday mornings, concerts are staged for free.
Below is a list of the theatre’s upcoming productions for April, May and June 2012.(Get tickets here.)
-La Forza del Destino-Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (1869 revised version.) This four act opera, based on the play ¨Don Alvaro o la Fuerza del Sino” by Angel de Saveedra Duque de Rivas, will be staged on the 22nd, 24th, 26th and 28th of April.
Carmen: Music by Georges Bizet, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Turina with arrangements by Luis Gorelik, Colón orchestra director. Choreography by Mauricio Wainrot. 1st, 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th of April.
-Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna with the Colón Theatre Orchestra. 11th of April at 8.30pm.
-Grandezas de espíritu (Grandeur of Spirit)- Director: Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Piano Soloist: Haochen Zhang. Featuring: Tangazzo by Astor Piazzolla, Piano Concerto 2 in G Minor, Op. 16 by Sergei Prokofiev and Symphony Nº 4 in E Minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms. 12th of April at 8.30pm.
-Sunday 15th of April- Free concert at 11am featuring Camerata Bariloche performing Vivaldi, Haydn, and Dvoràk.
-La Forza del Destino-Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (1869 revised version.) This four act opera based on the play ¨Don Alvaro o la Fuerza del Sino” by Angel de Saveedra Duque de Rivas will be staged on the 2nd and 4th of May.
– Oedipe- Music by George Enescu. Libretto by Edmond Fleg. (1936) The four act Opera is based on Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and features Ira Levin as the director and Alex Ollé from La Fura dels Baus for concept and staging. 29th of May.
-De la Aldea al mundo (From the Village to the World)- Director: Günter Neuhold, Piano Soloist: Saleem Abboud Ashkar.
-Featuring: Segunda Obertura de Concierto, Op.18 by Alberto Williams, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann, and La Vida Breve, interlude and dance, and El Sombrero de Tres Picos, Suites 1 and 2, by Manuel de Falla. 3rd of May at 8.30pm.
-Bach Akademie Stuttgart and Helmuth Rilling present Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor. 8th of May at 8.30pm.
-Free concert by string quartet Cuarteto Argentum on Sunday the 13th of May at 11am.
-Voces celestiales (Celestial Voices)- Director: Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Mezzosoprano soloist: Frederica von Stade. Featuring a selection of works by Mahler, Canteloube, and Offenbach. 17th of May at 8.30pm.
-Free concert –Homenaje a George Enescu- on Sunday the 20th of May at 11am.
-Chinese pianist Lang Lang presents Johann Sebastian Bach´s: Partita No.1 in E-flat major, Franz Schubert´s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 and Frederic Chopin´s twelve studios, Op. 25. 26th of May at 8.30pm.
-Destinos irrepetibles (Unrepeatable Destinies) Director: Guillermo Scarabino, Violoncello Soloist: Leonard Elschenbroich. Featuring: El Tarco en Flor by Luis Gianneo, Violloncello concert in B minor, Op. 104 by Antonin Dvorak, and Symphony Nº 4 in F minor, Op. 36 by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky. 31st of May at 8.30pm.
-Oedipe- Music by George Enescu. Libretto by Edmond Fleg. (1936) The four act Opera is based on Oedipus Rex by Sophocles and features Ira Levin as the director and Alex Ollé from La Fura dels Baus for concept and staging. 1st, 3rd and 5th of June.
-Rinaldo- Music by Georg Friedrich Händel, Libretto by Giacomo Rossi. (1711) 12th, 15th, 17th and 19th of June.
-Sueños y sonidos (Dreams and Sounds)- Director: Isaac Karabtchevsky, Violin Soloist: Akiko Suwanai. Featuring: “El Guaraní” overture by Antonio Carlos Gomes, Violin Concerto “L´Arbre des Songes” by Henri Dutilleux, and Symphony Nº 6 in D major, Op.60. by Antonin Dvorak. 7th of June at 8.30pm.
-Russian Pianist Evgueni Kissin presents Franz Schubert´s Sonata in E-flat major, D. 568, Ludwig van Beethoven´s 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80 (1806), Johannes Brahms: Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118 and Frederic Chopin´s Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22. 8th of June at 8.30pm.
-Free concert by Capilla del Sola and Museo Isaac Fernandez Blanco`s resident ensemble featuring anonymous Baroque and classic Jesuit composers. Sunday 10th of June at 11am.
-Free concert by Violoncellos Argentinos. The repertoire includes music by Max Bruch, Bela Bartok, Sibelius, Julian Plaza and Piazzolla. Sunday 24th of June at 11am.