Rio's Theatro Municipal is considered to be one of the most beautiful theatres in Brazil, and it was restored in 2010 to mark its 100th birthday. The exterior walls are inscribed with the names of classic Brazilian and European artists. It is located right by the Biblioteca Nacional and the Museu de Belas Artes.
The auditorium itself seats 2,224 spectators. The cultural season, which features performances by national and international orchestras, contemporary musicians and world-famous dance and theatre companies, runs from mid-March until the end of the year. On Sunday mornings, all seats are made available for just R$1, on a first come, first served basis.
Over the next few months, the theatre’s highlights include the ballet “La Bayadère”, which tells the love story between Nikila, a Hindu temple dancer, and of Solor. The theatre is also presenting the Projeto Ópera do Meio-Dia, which offers art to those who work in Centro during their lunch-break. The Project presents “As Bodas De Fígaro” in July, and “Suor Angelica” in August, which tells the drama of a woman faced with the loss of a loved one. It is about the young Angélica, who had a son outside of wedlock and was sent by her aristocratic family to a convent.
Guided tours are a great idea to get to know the rich history of the theatre. If there is a rehearsal going on whilst a tour is taking place, you can watch a bit. Tours occur Tuesday-Friday at 12pm, 14pm, 15pm, 16pm, and on Saturdays and holidays at 11am, 12pm and 13pm. They cost R$10 and R$5 for people over 65 and students.
Address: Praca Marechal Floriano, Centro. Nearest transport is Metrô Cinelândia.
Tel: 00 55 21 2332 9220