Colon Theater in Buenos Aires to reopen after renovation

Posted on: May 21, 2010

Thursday (5/20) on, Rodrigo Orihuela writes, “Luciano Pavarotti once described the acoustics of the Colon Theater in Buenos Aires as so perfect that they challenge singers because ‘if one does something wrong, it is noted immediately.’ Music lovers can judge the sound quality for themselves next week, when the 2,478-seat opera house reopens after closing more than three years ago for restoration. While as many as 1,200 builders and craftsmen worked simultaneously on reconditioning the Carrara marble staircase, gold-leaf detailing and statue-studded façade of the 102-year- old building, the most complicated part of the $100 million renovation was to preserve the acoustics, according to project manager Andres Schulman. … Schulman’s efforts will be put to the test on May 24 at a staging of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme,’ part of Argentina’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of its revolution against Spanish rule. A joint performance by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott is scheduled for June.”

Posted May 21, 2010