Art and culture Alejandro González Luna
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Last May, Spain’s Teatro Real received the 2021 International Opera Award 2021 for the world’s Best Opera Theatre, reaffirming its position as an international leader in its field. Its success has inspired us to cross the Atlantic and learn about some of the most important theatres in Latin America: the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile, the Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito and the Municipal Theater Enrique Buenaventura in Cali.

Travel to these Latin American capitals from 21,250 Avios and visit some of the world’s most beautiful theatres. 

  1. 1 Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires

    The Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires is one of the jewels of the Argentine capital – considered one of the world’s best theatres due to its exceptional acoustics and architecture. It opened on 25 May 1908 with Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Aida. The eclectic 8,202sqm building is located in the city centre between Cerrito, Viamonte, Tucumán and Libertad Streets. It runs its own workshops for producing shows and is home to the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra and the Colón Theater Ballet. All the great artists and composers of the past 100 years have graced its stage, from Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky to Enrico Caruso, Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti.

    The Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires is considered one of the world’s best theatres because of its exceptional acoustics and architecture.
    The theatre offers a 50-minute guided tour in which you can discover more about splendid areas such as the Foyer, Gallery of Busts, Golden Room and Main Room / Image courtesy of Teatro Colón
  2. 2 Teatro Municipal de Santiago

    This Neoclassical building was designed by the architect Francisco Brunet des Baines and has been declared a National Monument. It opened on 17 September 1857 with another opera by Verdi: Ernani. It is the country’s oldest cultural centre and one of its largest artistic spaces. Located in the historic centre of Santiago at 794 Agustinas Street, its main room holds 1,500 spectators, who can enjoy works of opera, ballet, chamber music, theatre and symphonic concerts. It is home to the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra, the Santiago Ballet, the Teatro Municipal Chorus and a Performing Arts Documentation Centre. World-famous artists have also performed here, such as the violinist Isaac Stern, singers Ramón Vinay and Plácido Domingo, the dancers Alicia Alonso and Anna Pavlova.

    The Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile is the country’s oldest cultural centre.
    The Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile has different types of guided tours and, once a month, offers an open house with free tours of the most important rooms / Image by sassenfeld:AdobeStock
  3. 3 Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito

    The Teatro Nacional Sucre opened with a performance by the French pianist Captain Louis Voyer on 25 November 1886, making this building one of the continent’s oldest opera theatres. Designed by the German architect Francisco Schmidt in a Neoclassical style, it’s located in the historical centre of Ecuador’s capital on Manabí Street, between Guayaquil and Flores. Its name is a tribute to Antonio José Francisco de Sucre y Alcalá, a national hero of the country. The building emerged as a symbol of the city’s progress, and today is still one of its architectural icons.

    The Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito is one of the oldest opera houses in Latin America.
    The magnificent main façade of the Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito is decorated with a relief alluding to Orpheus and the nine muses of Greek mythology / Image courtesy of Fundación Teatro Nacional Sucre
  4. 4 Municipal Theater Enrique Buenaventura

    Previously known as the Cali Municipal Theater, this was declared a national monument in 1982 and named after the famous Colombian playwright Enrique Buenaventura. It is located in the historic heart of this Colombian city at Carrera 5. Designed in the Italian classical style, its striking yellow façade seems to illuminate the surrounding streets. It opened on 30 November 1927 with Verdi’s opera, Il Trovatore. The building has seats for 1,021 spectators and is home to performances of opera, classical ballet, contemporary dance, music and theatre.

    The Municipal Theater Enrique Buenaventura in Cali (Colombia) is one of the most important theatres in Latin America because of its age and architectural style
    The Municipal Theater Enrique Buenaventura is one of the most important theatres is Latin America because of its age and architectural style / Image courtesy of Teatro Municipal Enrique Buenaventura