Eight opera titles and summer programs mark the 2019 Season of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires

Summer Holiday Camps, Maestro Zubin Metha with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Elena Garanča, pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque, dancers Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo and the London Symphony Orchestra are, among many other artists, part of the 2019 program of Argentine Coliseum



On November 3rd in the Plaza Lavalle and the Golden Hall of Teatro Colón, María Victoria Alcaraz, General Director announced the various activities and projects that Teatro Colón will develop throughout 2019, accompanied by the Head of Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, the Minister of Culture of the City, Enrique Avogadro and the General Artistic and Production Director of the Teatro Colón, Enrique Arturo Diemecke.


María Victoria Alcaraz, General Director of Teatro Colón, opened the event by expressing her gratitude to the theater’s management team and to all its workers and then expressing “The Teatro Colón is not only its stage, there are many things related to theater that we want to share with you The artistic excellence and the quality in the training of the students of the ISA are two important axes but the third axis that we are putting great care is to deploy as many tools as possible so that more people can enjoy the Teatro Colón and its time for the Theater to go to the city, the country and the world.“And at the end he added:”We are very happy, we have worked very hard in 2018, and we promise to redouble our efforts so that more people can enjoy a unique experience of the Columbus experience. “


Then it was the turn of Enrique Avogadro who took the opportunity to highlight “we are very proud to be presenting this program, since the Teatro Colón is a central piece of our mission that is to continue making Buenos Aires the great cultural center of Latin America.”


To close the outdoor event, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta said:We are working in the neighborhood of La Boca to access a cultural alternative and that the Teatro Colón this year has a new space to store sets and costumes and also be an exhibition space that porteños and those who visit the city can visit and see up close the sets and the props of the Colón. “


The opera season will present 8 lyrical titles unfolding an extensive list that includes composers such as Monteverdi and Rachel Portmann, in her South American debut. The titles are: Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, A tram called desire by André Previn, Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, Ariadna in Naxos by Richard Strauss, L’incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi, Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti, Orfeo & Eurídice by Christoph Willibald Gluck and The stories of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach.  


The Stable Ballet, under the direction of Paloma Herrera, will present 6 titles that includes a character classic such as Don Quixote with the first Bolshoi guest ballerina Evgenia Obraztsova  with  Isaac Hernández of the English National Ballet, an example of remarkable virtuosity as El Corsario, a mixed program that brings together music by Tchaikovsky, Bach and Bernstein with choreography by Balanchine, Welch and Robbins, an icon of romanticism such as La Sylphide with the first invited dancers of the American Ballet Theater: Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo under the musical direction of Tara Simoncic, an unmissable for adults and children like La Cenicienta with guest dancer Marcelo Gomes and a new production of the Teatro Colón with choreography by Mario Galizzi from El Lago de los Cisnes.


The Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires, under the direction of Enrique Arturo Diemecke, will display all its versatility in a subscription that includes 18 concerts. The concert agenda will feature guest soloists such as Alexander Romanovsky (piano), Sharon Ishbin (guitar), Filippo Gamba (piano), Alexander Anissimov (director), Horacio Lavandera (piano), Emmanuele Baldini (director and violin), Pacho Flores (trumpet), Tara Erraught (mezzo-soprano), John Axelrod (director), Katia and Marielle Labèque (pianists) and Andreas Martin Hofmeir, among others.


The Cycle of Great International Performers, gathers in a stellar season 7 great concerts and recitals. The London Symphony Orchestra with its conductor Sir Simon Rattle, the mezzo-soprano Elena Garanča, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Israel under the direction of Zubin Metha will provide three performances and in the concert on Saturday, July 27 will have the pianist Martha Argerich as guest soloist , the soprano Aida Garifullina with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires, the baritone Thomas Hampson with the Italian bass Luca Pisaroni, the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the English Baroque Soloists with the ex-director John Elliot Gardiner.


The Cycle Symphonic Choir Coral, in its second season, will be present allowing the staging of the Stable Choir in different versions, either with the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Children’s Choir or the Stable Orchestra. Three concerts that summon music lovers gathering in their programming composers such as Mozart, Caamaño and Berlioz.


With the direction of Martín Bauer, the Contemporary Season Pass will present the premiere of works by European composers, an opera in concert version by Oscar Strasnoy and the debut in our first coliseum of the famous piano duo of the French sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque make up the eighth season of this Contemporary Cycle.


The Chamber Opera, 50 years after its creation, reaffirms its spirit in the 2019 program with Powder her face Op. 14 of Thomas Adès to be presented at the 25 de Mayo Cultural Center of Villa Urquiza, El Principito by Rachel Portman in the main room and Mitridate, rè di Ponto K. 97 (74a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the 25 de Mayo Cultural Center.


The cycle Colónin the City opens its doors so that its two great orchestras – Stable and Philharmonic – will meet new audiences. At the Usina del Arte there will be 6 concerts by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires and 2 concerts by the Stable Orchestra of the Teatro Colón.


There will also be two extraordinary concerts in the CCK auditorium, one by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires and another by the Stable Orchestra of the Teatro Colón and five varied concerts that will be presented at the Belgrano Auditorium.


The Colón Cycle for Boys, will feature five proposals designed for the whole family: concerts, ballet and chamber opera will be adapted for children to rediscover the classics of universal literature. The ballet Quixote, the didactic concert Scheherazade, the didactic concert Metals, the chamber opera El Principito and the ballet Cinderella are the proposals for the small spectators together with their families.


In the room of the Experimentation Center of the Teatro Colón , a panorama of the avant-gardes at the local and international level will be presented in which a radio play, texts by Virgilio, the work of the Argentine visual artist Julio Le Parc or new creations can be the point of departure to experiment with music and dance.


The most outstanding exponents of the local scene will continue giving life to the cycle Argentine Interpreters that has already become a Sunday classic with free admission. The cycle will include a total of 16 concerts, of which 7 concerts will be offered in the main hall and 9 concerts in the Golden Hall.


The Higher Institute of Art of the Teatro Colón presents its 2019 academic season and a program of young artists is created to facilitate the professional integration of the students of the Institute. There will also be comprehensive projects of which all races will participate, proposals to generate new audiences, a cycle of students and teachers in the Golden Hall and also next to the Center for Experimentation of the Teatro Colón will form a vocal laboratory with the objective of exploring the different singing techniques and the operatic voice today.


The program Colón Federal, which has already reached 9 Argentine provinces during the last two years, will continue offering tours with the Stable Corps for the theaters of different provinces of our country so that all Argentines can enjoy the artistic offer of the first Coliseum.


The inaugurated Colón Fábrica will be, a space in the south of the city located in the neighborhood of La Boca, and which will be new scenic deposits. This will allow the Theater to have enough space to store its sets and costumes, incorporate an exhibition space and a documentation center. Likewise, the scenographies and costumes made entirely by our workshops can be rented to other theaters around the world.


This new space will be available to porteños and those who visit the city to visit and see up close the sets and props of the great opera and / or ballet titles.


Holidays Camp in the Colón Theater
To finalize, the General Director Maria Victoria Alcaraz, shared all those activities that the Colon Theater will realize during this summer, beginning with a concert of end of year that will offer the Stable Orchestra next to the Choir this next Saturday 22 December in the Bosques de Palermo, to close the year on Saturday 29 with this same concert that will take place in the San Martín Park of the city of Mar del Plata.


In turn, the Director General, presented that abe inaugurated in the month of January Colony of Holidays in the Colón Theater will, in which during a week for three hours, boys and girls between 6 and 12 years old will be able to play and know how to conforms an opera, a ballet or a concert in the different rehearsal rooms of the Theater.


Within the framework of FIBA, the great opera and ballet hits of 2018 will also be presented on the giant screen of Vatican Square for four days. There will also be presentations of the Ballet and the Stable Orchestra at Parque Centenario between the end of February and the beginning of March. To close, María Victoria Alcaraz, General Director of Teatro Colón, presented a project in which the first co-production with Disney, entitled Disney in concert, will take place  in the main hall of the first coliseum on February 22nd, 23rd and 24th.


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