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19 wondrous opera houses

By: Angela Nelson on Aug. 18, 2016, 6:42 a.m.
Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires

It took several architects and more than 20 years before the current Teatro Colón was finished in Argentina's capital city. The first Teatro Colón, designed by Charles Pellegrini, was completed in 1857 but closed in 1888 so construction could begin on a new building. However, the architect of that new building died, the next architect was murdered, and one of the main financiers also passed away. Finally, the new building was completed in 1908.

Because so many people had a hand in the new design, the building incorporates many styles associated with European opera houses, including Italian marble, French stained glass and Venetian mosaics, Fodor's Travel reports. The acoustics are particularly impressive: Legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti reportedly once said the Teatro Colón’s only flaw is that its acoustics are so perfect, the audience can hear any mistakes. The horseshoe-shaped theater seats 2,478 with standing room for 500 more, and "complies with the most severe standards of classic Italian and French theatre," according to the opera house website.