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Created in 1946, under the name Municipal Theatre Symphony Orchestra



Created in 1946, under the name "Orquesta Sinfónica del Teatro Municipal" (Municipal Theatre Symphony Orchestra), it was the first official exclusively symphonic orchestra of the city. Its first conductors were Lamberto Baldi and Jaime Pahissa.

Its debut concert performance was in Buenos Aires on May 21st 1947 at the Teatro Municipal (now named Teatro San Martín). In October of that year, it started to regularly perform in ballet productions, and afterward, in opera productions, only sporadically. In 1984 its name was changed to "Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires" (Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra), and in 1953 the Colón was instituted as its home. In 1958 it received its current name, "Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires" (Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra).

With such background, it has built a very solid trajectory, acutely linked with Argentinian music creation. Its repertoire encompasses a wide range of musical languages and expressions, and its programme includes Argentinian music as well as works by composers from other countries and eras.

It has showcased the first performances of about 300 productions, often as a request made by the orchestra itself or the Colón.

In 1992, 1994 and 1996 it went on extensive European recital tours, and performed in Spain, Holand, Grece, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and England, in the famous stages of Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Dr. Anton Philipszaal (The Hague), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Paris), Musikverein (Vienna), Tonhalle  (Zürich), Berliner Philharmonie (Berlin), Herkulessaal (Munich), Beethovenhalle (Bonn) and the Barbican Centre  (London), among others. It has also had significant impact in different cities in Argentina other than Buenos Aires, and in neighbouring countries such as Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.

The orchestra has been conducted by maestros Ferruccio Calusio, Manuel Rosenthal, Jacques Singer, Pedro Ignacio Calderón and Stanislav Wislocki, among others. Mexican maestro Enrique Arturo Diemecke has been the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra's conductor since 2007.


Mtro. Enrique Arturo Diemecke


The Teatro Colón (Colón Theatre) in Buenos Aires is one of the most important opera houses in the world. Its rich and prestigious history and its exceptional acoustics and architectural features rank it among theatres such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, and the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

The Colón operated in its first venue from 1857 until 1888, after which the building was closed for the construction of a new house. The new improved house opened on May 25th 1908 with a performance of Aïda. In the beginning, the theatre recruited opera companies from other countries, but as of 1925 it has had its own permanent companies (orchestra, ballet and choir) and its own production workshops, which have allowed the theatre to organise its own seasons since the 1930s, funded by the city budget. Since then, the Colón renewed its repertoire annually or by stagione, and has been able to set up whole productions on its own because of the professionalism of its specialised stagecraft staff.

Throughout the history of the theatre, no artist of importance of the 20th century has failed to appear on its stage. It's enough to mention singers such as Enrico Caruso, Claudia Muzio, Maria Callas, Régine Crespin, Birgit Nilsson, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, dancers such as Vaslav Nijinski, Margot Fonteyn, Maia Plisetskaia, Rudolf Nureyev, Mijail Barishnikov, and conductors such as Arturo Toscanini, Herbert von Karajan, Héctor Panizza, Ferdinand Leitner, among dozens of others. It is also common for composers to come to the theatre to conduct or supervise the first performances of their productions, a tradition established by Richard Strauss, Camille Saint-Saëns, Pietro Mascagni and Ottorino Respighi.

Many important figures have worked steadily at the theatre to achieve their highest artistic goals, like Erich Kleiber and Fritz Busch, stage directors like Margarita Wallmann and Ernst Poettgen, ballet teachers like Bronislawa Nijinska and Tamara Grigorieva, choral directors like Romano Gandolfi and Tullio Boni, not to mention the many instrumental soloists, symphony orchestras and chamber orchestras who have graced our stage on many unforgettable evenings over more than a hundred years of uninterrupted activity.

Finally, as of the year 2010, the Teatro Colón boasts a building restored to all its original glory, giving an air of distinction to its productions.

All these reasons are what make the Teatro Colón a pride of the Argentinian culture and a standard for opera, ballet and classical music across the world.


Teatro Colónón

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