Bring the magic of Teatro Colón into your living room
View past shows, see musicians perform from their own homes and listen to classics from the archive
Teatro Colón may be closed to in-person audiences for now, but it hasn't gone quiet. Instead, the historic Buenos Aires opera house is keeping the entertainment going strong with a unique video series that fans around the world can enjoy at home.
A global center of culture since it opened with Giuseppe Verdi's Aïda in 1908, the Teatro Colón has plenty to share. In addition to hosting some of the world's most famous operas, the venue also features its own ballet and choir companies as well as the renowned Buenos Aires Philharmonic.
All of that and more is waiting to be discovered anew in Teatro Colón's #CulturaEnCasa series. This unprecedented initiative takes the best performances of previous seasons, a curated selection of international productions, and innovative new programming and makes it all available to anyone with an internet connection.
Every Sunday at 8 p.m., another production from Teatro Colón's past comes to life once again on your screen—the perfect idea for a culture-filled date night at home. And if you miss it, don't worry: Once they're broadcast, the videos are available to view whenever you like.
The program kicked off in March, so there's already a great deal to choose from. Opera buffs can view Puccini's Turandot, which begins with a brief documentary showing how it came together behind the scenes. Ballet fans will be thrilled to see Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, the timeless story of a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. And connoisseurs of classical music can enjoy the Buenos Aires Philharmonic's production of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, featuring mezzosoprano Adriana Mastrangelo.
For those wishing to go deeper into the vault, historic recordings are also available. Travel back to 1969 with Argentine/Swiss classical pianist Martha Argerich's groundbreaking solo performance, which includes the work of Bach, Chopin, and Liszt. Or, relive legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti's 1987 Teatro Colón debut in La Bohème, in which he plays the poet Rodolfo.
There's more than musical history on tap. The Musicians at Home series showcases some of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic's most talented musicians performing right where they live.
See violinist Elías Perlmuter Gurevich play the first movement of the Sonata for Solo Violin Op. 31 No. 2 by Paul Hindemith. Or, check out four Philharmonic members performing together, yet separately, from their own kitchens. You can even go big with the full strength and vigor of its brass band ensemble during their own virtual jam session.
Looking to make it a family night? You're in luck, as the series isn't just for adults. An entire suite of age-appropriate videos and activities is available for children to discover the various artistic disciplines that take place in the theater. You'll want to shoot a video of your own as your kids learn the basics of singing, discover the secrets of set design, or make their own ballet production by assembling a special flipbook. (If you're jealous of the fun your kids are having, there's also a virtual ballet class for adults, led by company dancer Emanuel Abruzzo.)
The adventure goes beyond Teatro Colón itself, as #CulturaEnCasa also includes performances from around the world. Travel to Beijing as the Orchestra of the Great National Theater of China performs a special concert in honor of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. Or, perhaps you'd like to take a virtual journey to the Royal Theater of Turin in Italy for the one-act opera Violanta, which is set during the storied Carnival of Venice.
Although these are unusual times, this abundance of programming from Teatro Colón comes as no surprise. For more than a century, it has provided audiences with world-class entertainment and culture, and this is a continuation of its mission.
In recent years, Mastercard Priceless Cities Argentina has joined forces with the theater to support its passion for culture and art, creating Priceless Experiences with the best of Teatro Colón programming. You are invited to enjoy this ongoing series of videos and interactive entertainment until the theater throws open its doors to live audiences once again. Visit the Teatro Colón website for access to all its online programming, as well as a complete schedule of upcoming events.