O Theatro Municipal, reformado / The Municipal Theater, restored

Opera de Paris

The Paris Opera inspired Rio’s Municipal Theatre, completed in 19o9 in the Eclectic style. All materials were imported from Europe.

A Opera de Paris inspirou o Theatro Municipal, construído no estilo eclético e inaugurado em 1909. Todo o material de construção foi importado.


The new façade at night, daylight savings time

 

The US$ 38 million equivalent restoration took two and a half years, and reopened in May 2010. The national development bank (BNDES) and Petrobras funded it.

A reforma de R$ 65 milhões demorou dois anos e meio, e reabriu em maio de 2010. O BNDES e a Petrobras custearam os trabalhos.


Escada no foyer

Teto da escada

The stage

The audience

The Theatre has its own ballet company, orchestra and chorus.

O Theatro dispõe de seus próprios corpos artísticos de ballet, orquestra e coro.

Theater ceiling

There were some complaints about the restored bathrooms, which lost their original fixtures because they needed to be expanded. They used to have waterboxes and pullchains!

Houve reclamações sobre a reforma dos banheiros, que perderam as peças originais pela necessidade de expandi-los. Tinham caixas d’água com cordas para puxar!


The basement Assyrian Room, where Pixinguinha and the Oito Batutas played in the early 20th century

The Oito Batutas played choro and maxixe, as well as other popular Brazilian music. After a tour in Paris, they came home with saxophones and clarinets, as well as ragtime.

Os Oito Batutas tocavam choro e maxixe, além de outros tipos de música popular. Depois de um tournée em Paris, voltaram ao Brasil carregando saxofones e clarinetas, além da música ragtime.


Gorgeous enameled ceramic

Mais assírios

Incrivelmente, havia um restaurante a kilo aqui nessas ruinas, antes da reforma

Só falta uma música jazz aqui embaixo

Serve-se Prosecco e café aqui nos intervalos

Fora com o extintor, pelo amor de Deus!

You can set up a guided tour of the Theatre by calling 2299-1711

Visitas guiadas podem ser marcadas através do número 2299-1711


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About Rio real

American journalist, writer, editor who's lived in Rio de Janeiro for 20 years.
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One Response to O Theatro Municipal, reformado / The Municipal Theater, restored

  1. John Scheibe says:

    Magnificent. The other one that might compare somewhat is O Teatro Amazonas (The Amazon Theatre) in Manaus built during the “Belle Epoque” by rubber boom barons…

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