Teatro Colon

Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires: Hours, Address, Teatro Colon Reviews: 5/5

Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
The Teatro Colon, in the City of Buenos Aires, is considered one of the best theaters in the world. Acknowledged for its acoustics and the artistic value of its construction, it turned 100 years in 2008.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: San Nicolás
Immersed in the sound of honking horns and the footsteps of busy office workers, the Microcentro area of San Nicolás is where visitors will encounter the true hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, walking down streets lined with office buildings and banks. The financial district is well-known for its vibrant atmosphere and unstoppable rhythm during office hours. After dark, the hubbub migrates to Corrientes Ave., where theater lovers might start their evening at a play and end it in one of the many traditional pizzerias nearby. During the day, Corrientes is known for its many bookshops and classic cafés, which are located just minutes away from some famous landmarks, like the Obelisco, Avenida 9 de Julio, and the Teatro Colon.
How to get there
  • Tribunales • 2 min walk
  • Carlos Pellegrini • 5 min walk
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Kim G
Toronto, Canada1,152 contributions
Jan 2020
We visited the theatre as part of our pre-arranged city tour so the tickets were purchased in advance for us.

The tour was 1 hour long and the guide was knowledgeable and also humorous while explaining the history and significance of the building itself.

It is absolutely stunning inside - incredibly opulent in the grand halls leading into the actual theatre. Gives you the idea of how the rich really did live back in the day.

The theatre itself is also beautiful. Set up with seats on the floor and box seating up through the numerous levels. It felt like it was vibrating inside as people moved around. Apparently Pavarotti said that he wouldn't sing there a second time since the acoustics were too perfect - allowing no forgiveness to a performer. A place not to miss!
Written April 17, 2020
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Julie Todd
Novato, CA4 contributions
Dec 2021
We saw the Missa Criolla with Abel Pintos on Dec 22, 2021. It was a wonderful, beautiful evening of music. We were very lucky to have chosen this performance because it was the 50th anniversary Tour of the Missa Criolla. The theatre is maintained beautifully, the sounds just resonate. I highly recommend attending a performance at the Teatro if you can, instead of just taking a tour.
Written January 5, 2022
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IN_Travelers47906
West Lafayette, IN4,697 contributions
Jan 2020
To be honest, I was unimpressed by the building’s exterior, but the interior is a different story. I have only been to a few operas in my life, so I am far from an expert, but Teatro Colon is stunningly beautiful and acoustically perfect. Tours are frequent but only a few are in English. You do want to make your reservation on-line ahead of time to avoid being disappointed.

The 50-minute tour begins in the lobby, moves to the main foyer and then upstairs with focus on the elaborate art and architecture that decorates the interior. You then move inside the grandiose theater and are led down toward the front to take a seat while you listen to the guide provide details of the theater’s history, acoustics, etc.

You then exit out a side door back down to the ground floor where the tour concludes.

A visit to Teatro Colon also connects well with a self-guided walking tour to the Waterworks Palace, the remarkable El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore, the Obelisk, the Buenos Aires Cathedral , Plaza De Mayo and the Puerto Madero. All within easy walking distance is a convenient line that leads you through the finest parts of this beautiful city.

HINT: If you want a picture of the interior of the theater without people in the way, position yourself so you will be among the first to enter, and be prepared to shoot quickly as the rest of the group enters behind you.
Written March 6, 2020
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Nikki Y
4 contributions
Mar 2022
I rated my experience as average as I did not have the most amazing experience as a customer. I have to mention this: the ticket counter staff were rude, they don't speak English and you can expect them to laugh at you if you attempt to speak in Spanish! For a world-class theatre like this, I expect they have staff who have more empathy with their customers.

To come back to the show itself, I saw 'La Boheme' and it was great. My seat was on the 2nd floor in a box, and the box fits 6 people. Note that the seats come on a first come first serve basis, so arrive early if you want to get the front seat! If you get the seats in the second row your view is pretty much covered by the guests in front of you.
Written March 28, 2022
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,338 contributions
Jan 2020
It was a bit of a hassle trying to book the tour online. I wanted to book the tour for mid-January. However, the online reservations were not available until the beginning of the month. Not so good if you wanted to book on January 2. In addition, I contacted them via email in December and received a reply that they would only have three English tours on the day that I wanted to book. So, I booked an 11 AM English tour and worked our other Buenos Aires attractions that day around that tour. So, when we arrived that day, it was evident that there were many more English tours that were added. That was disappointing as I would have preferred a different time. However, our tour guide spoke English very well and was very informative. The 50 minute tour took us to different parts of the theater so we were able to see more than if we bought a ticket for one of their opera, ballet, or symphonic orchestra performances. Pavarotti performed here and said that the acoustics were perfect. Photos without flash allowed.
Written April 25, 2020
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Shar1805
Florida480 contributions
Jan 2020
The Teatro Colon in was completed in 1908. There were many architects involved so the building combines many styles used in European theaters. (Personally I found the Vienna Opera house more elegant.) It has seen a record number of great performances given by very famous artists. Unfortunately there were no performances while we were there. We had hoped to visit the vast underground to see the costume and scene design departments (where over 1,000 people work) but couldn't find a tour that included it.
I was surprised to learn that Teatro Colon doesn't have its own opera company. How sad.
Our guide was rather robotic, spoke too softly to hear most of the time and bored many of us.
Written March 10, 2020
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Ted M
Vancouver, Canada1,029 contributions
Mar 2020
We bought tickets on line the day before. Requested the English tour at 10:30 but the on line service only allowed the Spanish tour at 10. Not sure why as during our tour we passed another group in English. We missed a lot of the explanation due to the language barrier but overall just seeing the awesome interior made it worthwhile. Non Argentinians pay $1120 (double the resident fee). The tour lasts 50 minutes and ends at the gift shop. We enjoyed the tour and recommend it.
Written March 7, 2020
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CanadaPipa1
Montreal, Canada699 contributions
Feb 2020
I walked into the Teatro Colón box office one morning and was able to book an English speaking guided tour within the hour. It cost $1000 pesos which was well worth the visit. Luckily, the group of this tour was relatively small, which made the visit a more intimate experience.
The informative tour gradually led to the exquisite Concert Hall where we were seated in one of the main balconies which overlooked the stage and impressive auditorium. You could only imagine what it would be like to attend a concert, opera or ballet here. Given the time & opportunity, I would have gladly done this.
Written March 1, 2020
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EZWash
Saint Peter, MN555 contributions
Dec 2019
We toured here because a year ago we were at La Scala and wanted to compare. What an absolute beauty. The building is beyond amazing, with sound so pure you can hear a conversation on stage between stage hands way in the presidential box. The size is impressive, as are the finishes. The tour, done in several languages, covers the basics and is worth the price. Glad we went. And we don't like opera.
Written January 17, 2020
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nonsrspn
New York City, NY128 contributions
Dec 2019
Paid 800 ARS (concession price) for the 50-min English guided-tour inside Teatro Colon. It was opening night for Swan Lake during my visit and technicians were conducting light tests so I did not get to see the interior when it is fully lit up. The guide was clear and informative; I learned a lot from her. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Buenos Aires.
Written January 4, 2020
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