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