Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
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The Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro is located in Cinelândia in the city center of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Built in the beginning of the twentieth century, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful and important theatres in the country.The building is designed in an eclectic style, inspired by the Paris Opéra of Charles Garnier. The outside walls are inscribed with the names of classic Eurocentric & Brazilian artists. It is located near the National Library and the National Fine Arts Museum, overlooking the spacious Cinelândia Square.HistoryIn the second half of nineteenth century, theatrical activity was very intense in Rio de Janeiro, then capital of the country. Still, its two theaters, the Lyric and St. Peter, were criticized for their facilities, either by the public or by the companies that worked in them.After the Proclamation of the Republic (1889), in 1894 playwright Arthur Azevedo launched a campaign for the building of a new theater to host a local company, to be created along the lines of the Comédie Française. However, in those hectic days, the campaign resulted in only one Municipal Law, which ordered the construction of the Municipal Theater. This law was not enforced, despite the existence of a levy to finance the work. Thus, that the new tax revenue was never used for the construction of the theater.It was not built until the beginning of the 20th century and it came to represent the new republican regime and a new era to the elegant capital of Brazil. At the time, then-Mayor Pereira Passos launched a major upgrade of the city center by opening in 1903 the Central Avenue (Now Avenida Rio Branco), shaped after the boulevards of Paris and flanked by magnificent examples of eclectic architecture. Hence arose the opera venue, brainchild of Francisco de Oliveira Passos (Son of then mayor Francisco Pereira Passos) with the cooperation of Albert Guilbert and design inspired by the Paris Opera. Building began in 1905 on a foundation of 1,180 wood poles rooted in groundwater. To decorate the building, the most important Brazilian painters and sculptors of the time were summoned, such as Eliseu Visconti, Rodolfo Amoedo and the Bernardelli brothers. European artisans were also recruited to work on stained glasses and mosaic tiles.
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  • The interior of the Hall is very beautiful, a true spectacle. I have already had the opportunity to watch opera and Ballet, and it was stunning. It is worth mentioning the external beauty, a real jewel that compose the architectural ensemble of Cinelândia. Worth going to watch a concert or even to make a guided tour.
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  • Architecture beautiful magnificent manicured, but around there are many homeless and beggars, but nothing get in the way of the walk.
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  • If you're not willing to see a show or this with the limited budget, the Theater offers guided tours at various times every day (see on the site), for a cheaper price. The best option to get is to use the subway (get off at cinelândia station) or by using the brand new TRAM.
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  • The visit was very short and superficial. We couldn't see inside the theater (stage, audience sitting area) itself because it was all dark. Shouldn't that be the most important part of the tour? I feel that the emphasis of this entire visit was on the "Governor's sitting area, chamber and bathroom." Nobody really cares where the governor sits or uses the restroom. Moreover, our tour guide was not very friendly. Her English was very deficient, and her pronunciation made it very difficult for foreigners to understand her. Many visitors turned to us and asked "what did she just say?" Honestly, I think tourists deserve a better quality tour of the Theater. Why don't you guys also include the stage, the backstage, the dressing rooms, etc? Let's work on doing a better job next time!
  • A must-see site downtown in Rio. It's an early twentieth century copy of the Opera House in Paris. Guided tours are interesting but, if you can, watch a full concert/opera and take a good look around. Don't miss the underground "Persian café".
  • important part of Brazil's and Rio de Janeiro`s history in its walls and ceiling was bursting culture. veeeeeeeeeery priceless you go to learn more about our (Brazilian) history
  • One of the must visit places of the city . The place is very near to the Lapa Arc and is just or side the Cinelandia metro station exit 'A'. Best view at night.
  • A must! Stupend venue! Check the schedule and go for it! Ballet, music, opera and popular concerts!