Since the inauguration of the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires in 1908, the works of William Shakespeare was represented hundred of times through operas, music, ballets and wonderful pieces based on Shakespeare´s work. The most represented were the Operas inspired by him such as Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounod, Falstaff, (based on The Merry wifes of Windsor, and Henry IV), Macbeth and Otello by Giuseppe Verdi, Hamlet by Thomas Ambroise, Beatrice and Benedict (inspired on Much Ado About Nothing) by Héctor Berlioz and A Midsummer´s Night Dream by Benjamin Britten, among other.
Most of them were represented at the Colón in more than a dozen of seasons but the most popular was Falstaff represented more than twenty seasons in the history of the theatre.
Following we share some memorables productions inspired by Shakespeare performed at Teatro Colón:
AMLETO & OTELLO
Image of the Programme of Teatro Colón in 1908
On the same year of the inauguration, in 1908, the Opera Hamlet (Amleto) by Thomas Ambroise, Jules Barbier & Michel Carre andOtello by Giuseppe Verdi and Arrigo Boito, were performed by the Gran Compañía Lírica Italiana directed by Luigi Mancinelli.
See Programme 1908-Hamlet-Amleto
EL SUEÑO DE UNA NOCHE DE VERANO
The delicious play A Midsummer´s Night Dream was represented at Teatro Colón directed by the oustanding Director Antonio Cunill Cabanellas (1894-1969) one of the most prestigios figure of the national stage. He was the first director of the Teatro Nacional de la Comedia at the Teatro Cervantes (1935-1941) and also founder in 1936 of the Instituto Nacional de Estudios de Teatro, (INET). He was Director of the Teatro General San Martín of the city of Buenos Aires. The Department of Dramatic Arts of the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Artes, and one the halls of the teatro San Martín are named after him. Here we share a pictures of the excellent la review published on the newspaper Democracia on April 21 1953The greatly admired Argentin actor Pepe Soriano was part of the cast and has his debut as a profesional actor in this amazing production.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT´S DREAM
Ópera in three acts by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, presented in Sudamerica for the first time with the corus and Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón in Julio de 1962 dirigida por Basil Coleman y Meredith Davies.CD Edited in Germany in 2014 from the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in 1962
OTELLO Opera in four acts (1887) by Giuseppe Verdi and Arrigo Boito
Listen the opera presented at the Teatro Colón on April 1999:
See more: https://teatrocolon.org.ar/es/culturaencasa/archivo-historico/otello-1999
Ópera Directed by Roberto Paternostro
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MACBETH, by Giuseppe Verdi adaptated by Brett Bailey on the Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires (FIBA) at the Teatro Colón
Brett Bailey is a dramatist and director of the Third World Bunfight:
Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/14JRzvIgYEo
THE TEMPEST SONGBOOK
See more: https://teatrocolon.org.ar/es/temporada-2016/opera-de-camara/produccion/tempest-songbook
THE BAN OF LOVE ÓPERA IN TWO ACTS (1836) MUSIC BY RICHARD WAGNER INSPIRED ON MEASURE FOR MEASURE See more: https://teatrocolon.org.ar/en/season-2017/opera/produccion/ban-love
ROMEO AND JULIET (Ballet)
Farewell of the great Argentin dancer Iñaki Urlezaga with Lauren Cuthbertson, first dancer invited from London Royal Ballet
BALLET IN THREE ACTS (1938)
BASED ON WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S PLAY
CHOREOGRAPHY BY KENNETH MACMILLAN
SUSAN JONES’ CHOREOGRAPHIC REVIVAL
NEW PRODUCTION OF TEATRO COLÓN
Premiered by the Royal Ballet in 1965 with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn as protagonists, Romeo and Juliet was Kenneth MacMillan’s signature play. To Shakespeare’s tragedy and Prokoviev’s music, the legendary English choreographer and dancer’s language, which is stark (away from fairy tales) but highly poetic, is added. MacMillan’s work is one of the essential titles in the ballet repertoire. A hypnotic piece well-known but which catches us every time as if it was the first one.
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We share the words of Turismo Cultura Buenos Aires:
Teatro Colón is considered one of the best opera houses in the world, together with La Scala in Milán, the Opera Garnier in Paris and the Royal Opera House in London. Designed by Francesco Tamburini, Victor Meano and Jules Dormal, and built over 20 years, the theatre opened in 1908 and went on to host some of the most important conductors, singers and dancers of the twentieth century, including Igor Stravinsky, Herbert von Karajan, Daniel Barenboim, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Rudolf Nureyev, Julio Bocca and Maximiliano Guerra.
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Thanks Teatro Colón, Centro de Documentación del Teatro Colón, Centro de Documentación del Teatro San Martín and Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires for the valuable material and the images share from their archives and social networks.