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Municipal Theater

11 de April de 2021

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Opened to the public on July 14th, 1909, Theatro Municipal is one of Rio de Janeiro’s most beautiful edifices. It is located in Cinelândia, in the city’s downtown, and is Brazil’s main stage, having welcomed the biggest names in dance, music and opera, both Brazilian and international.
The theater was the final touch in Mayor Pereira Passos’s renovation of what was then the country’s capital, a task which was undertaken throughout his administration, between 1902 and 1906. When it was time to choose the architectural project for the theater, there was a tie between two different designs. So the theater was built from a combination of those two projects – one by Francisco de Oliveira Passos, the Mayor’s son, and the other by Albert Guilbert. The end design was inspired by the Paris Opera, built by Charles Garnier.
Starting in the 1930’s the theater got its own groups of artists – dancers, singers and musicians. Today, it is the only cultural institution in Brazil maintaining a choir, an orchestra and a ballet company.

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  • The building’s two-story high façade is highlighted by a staircase and the top three domes;
  • Down on the sidewalk, two granite columns support lamps, bronze ornaments and the municipality’s insignia;
  • At the entrance, there are two bronze statues by French sculptor Raoul Vertlet representing Dance (to the left) and Poetry (to the right);
  • The foyer’s décor follows the Louis XVI style. Its main attractions are the three valuable stained glassworks created in Stuttgart by Fuerstein and Fugel, and the arched roof, painted by Eliseu Visconti from 1913 to 1916;
  • The theater has 517 velvet-lined seats in the Main Level, surrounded by 24 tiers of boxes. On the next floor there are 368 seats in the Grand Level, 12 stalls and the newly-built sound and lights command cabin. On the Superior Level, next up, there are 500 seats. Higher up that are 723 seats in the Gallery section;
  • From up above the main auditorium hangs the large central chandelier, made in golden bronze, with 118 lamps and crystal pendants. It is surrounded by As Oreadas, one of Visconti’s masterpiece paintings.

Address: Praça Marechal Floriano (Cinelândia), S/Nº – Centro – Rio de Janeiro – CEP 20031-050
Phone: +55 (21) 2332-9195/2332-9188