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Opera House

Opera House

At Cinelandia, near the National Library, the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Pedro Ernesto Palace, the Municipal Theater draws attention not only for its architectural design but also by the magnificence of its facade and the beauty of its interior. The noble materials used in the construction, such as marble from Carrera, bronze, onyx, mirrors, furniture, together with the paintings and the sculptures and with a capacity of 2,200 people makes this theater a veritable temple of culture.


For its construction the eclectic style project of Francisco de Oliveira Passos (son of the mayor at that time) together with the French Albert Guilbert was chosen (actually it was the Art Nouveau project of Archimedes Memory and Heitor de Mello that won the public contest but...). After a construction of 4 years the theater was inaugurated on July 14, 1909. The theater took the Opera of Paris by Charles Garnier as a reference. To assure the foundations of the theater 6600 wooden poles were hammered into the soil. For the construction only noble materials were used like.

If you have the opportunity to watch a show you should certainly do it! There is also a guided tour where you will be taken behind the scenes and get all the details you want on the history of the theater.

Facts and figures:

First Stone 02/01/1905
Inauguration 14/07/1909
Engineer Francisco de Oliveira Passos
Architect Albert Guilbert

Opera House

Praça Marechal Floriano Rio de Janeiro RJ 20031-050 Brazil

Latitude: -22.909258
Longitude: -43.17635
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