Teatro Colon 2023 Season

7:40 PM Sandra Gutrejde 14 Comments

The prestigious TEATRO COLON OF BUENOS AIRES, one of the most important Opera Houses in the world, has announced its 2023 SEASON PROGRAM.

The opening of the 2023 season will take place during the month of March with a special tribute to the 40th anniversary of the recovery of democracy in Argentina: Resurrection, Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler will be held at the La Rural Exhibition Center, with the format of a popular show. The stage direction will be in the hands of Romeo Castellucci and the musical direction will be in charge of Charles Dutoit in front to the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra.

The programming proposed for this 2023 Season will be part of Divina Italia, a collaboration between Teatro Colón with the Italian Embassy in Argentina and the Instituto Italiano di Cultura di Buenos Aires, focused on the legacy of Italian musical art.

The Lyrical Season will consist of 15 titles counting the lyrical subscription cycle, the contemporary cycle and the chamber opera performances.

* Faust, the opera by Charles Gounod with musical direction by Jan Latham Koenig and stage direction, set design, costumes, and lighting by Stefano Poda in a co-production with the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Israel Opera and Lausanne Opera (March).
* Mozart's The Magic Flute by the Berlin Komische Oper signed by Barrie Kosky with the musical direction of Marcelo Ayub (May).
* Donizetti's Anna Bolena, in a concert version, with the musical direction of Maurizio Benini and the participation of a cast of great international level made up of María Agresta, Alex Espósito; Daniela Barcellona and Xabier Anduaga (June).
* Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, new stage production directed by Alfredo Arias, with musical direction by Charles Dutoit (July).
* Verdi's Il Trovatore will be presented in a concert version, with a truly stellar cast: Anna Netrebko; Anita Rachvelishvili and Yusif Eyvazov, accompanied by the Argentinian Fabián Veloz, the Orquesta Estable del Teatro and the musical direction of Giacomo Sagripanti (August).
* Il Turco in Italia, by Rossini (September).
* The Merry Widow. Original stage production of the Opera of Rome and La Fenice of Venice (September).
* To end the subscription season, Livia Sabag is entrusted with a new production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly, which performances will feature an alternate musical direction between the Musical Director of the Teatro Colón, Jan Latham Koenig, and maestro Carlos Vieu. There will be 9 performances with 3 different casts that will feature Elena Stikhina, Daniela Tabernig and Mónica Ferracani in the title role and Riccardo Massi, Ivan Magri and Fermín Prieto, as Pinkerton (September - October).

Under the direction of Mario Galizzi, the Permanent Ballet of the Teatro Colón will present 5 titles:
* The Swan Lake, with a choreographic version by Mario Galizzi of the ballet by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and the leading role of Marianela Nuñez, prima ballerina of the Royal Ballet of London (April).
* The contemporary ballet Caravaggio, based on music by Claudio Monteverdi and created by the Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, with the participation of guest dancer Roberto Bolle (May/June)
* Mixed program made up of Suite en Blanc and Windgames, with choreographies by Serge Lifar and Patrick de Bana, and musical direction by maestro Jan Lathan Koenig (August)
* The Taming of the Shrew, choreographed by John Cranko, and general supervision by guest artist Marcia Haydé (October)
* La Bayadere, new production of the Teatro Colón with choreography by Rudolf Nureyev and the participation of guest dancers Natalia Osipova, from the Royal Ballet of London, and Daniel Camargo, from the American Ballet Theater (December).

The Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra will offer 20 concerts with guest conductors such as Wolfgan Wengenroth, Vasily Petrenko, Valentina Peleggi, Maxim Vengerov, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Alessio Bax, Paul Lewis, and Theo Plat among many other renowned artists. The tribute to the composer Gerardo Gandini, ten years after his death, will have a musical incarnation through some of his orchestral works and others, with works by his favorite authors. Vocal works such as Il canto sospeso by Luigi Nono (April 21), a lyrical gala by the mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča conducted by Karel Mark Chichon (June 24), oratorio Joan of Arc in the Honneger Bonfire (August 12), or the Wagner Gala with Bryn Terfel and Carla Filipcic Holm directed by Ion Martin.

The renowned Argentine pianist Martha Argerich will once again lead the mythical Festival Argerich with a series of concerts during July and August, with the participation of her daughter Annie Dutoit Argerich, the director Charles Dutoit, the pianist Nelson Goerner and trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov, among many other guest musicians.

The Rachmaninov Festival will take place at Teatro Coliseo in September, with three concerts under the musical direction of Srba Dinić in front of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, and the participation of pianist Nelson Goerner, the concertos for piano and orchestra by Sergei Rachmaninov will be performed in an integral way.

The series Great International Performers will consist of 5 concerts featuring piano players András Schiff and Maria João Pires, tenor Vittorio Grigolo with musical direction by Evelino Pidò, soprano Sonya Yoncheva, and cellists Mario Brunello and Giovanni Sollima.

The first edition of the Baroque Concert Series will feature the participation of groups such as the Argentine Baroque Orchestra at the Cappella Gabetta Consort concert (May); the presentations of the mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux and the sopranist Bruno de Sá (November); the Ensemble Matheus together with the violinist and conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi (November); the instrumentalists of Cappella Mediterranea conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón with Deadly Sins, by Claudio Monteverdi (November); Messiah, by Georg Friedrich Händel conducted by Rubén Dubrovsky (December).

In addition, on its 40th anniversary, the Bach Academy of Buenos Aires will present the Easter Oratorio, by Johann Sebastian Bach; the Teatro Colón will receive a visit from the Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra, from Tokyo; and the Diffusion Vocal Group will perform the work Rothko Chapel by Morton Feldman at the theater's foyer, with an installation by Minou Maguna, since the chapel in which this work was inaugurated has the same octagonal surface. While on December 16, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony will be offered in an open air concert, with the Stable Orchestra conducted by Julian Kuerti.

The Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón directed by Marcelo Birman will continue its training work in charge of the most outstanding specialists in each area, all of them theater teachers. The Academic Orchestra will work with conductors specialized in different repertoires such as Jan Latham-Koenig, Baldur Brönnimann, Tito Ceccherini and Carlos Vieu, but also with a new generation of Argentine conductors such as Natalia Salinas, Ezequiel Silberstein, Pablo Bocchimuzzi, Federico Ciancio, Juan Miceli and Nicolas Kapustiansky, with a special emphasis on the creations of local composers. There will also be collaborations with the Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón and different cycles will be presented in the Salón Dorado, one dedicated to chamber music and lyrical recitals, and another, which will take place at noon and will emphasize presenting the singers of the Institute. .

The program Colón for Kids will return with the ballets The Wedding of Aurora, A Midsummer Night's Dream and La Sylphide; the children's concert on melodies by Erik Satie Frayed Songs, directed by Nicolás Kapustiansky; and the new production of the Teatro Colón with an adaptation for children and stage direction by Pablo Maritano of El Turco en Italia.

The Complete 2023 Program can be downloaded on this link (available in Spanish only).

Yearly Subscriptions on sale from December 19th, 2022.
Individual tickets for all the 2023 performances on sale from March 8th, 2023.
Theater's box office: Tucuman 1171, Monday to Friday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

For more information, visit Teatro Colón official website.

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  1. Can you tell me how I can purchase yearly tickets for 2023. I went to Teatro Colon today but the box office ladies did not understand that I wanted to sign up for yearly tickets.

    1. The yearly subscription is called "Abono" in Spanish. You can purchase Abono Ballet, Abono Opera, Abono Orquesta Filarmónica (OFBA), or Abono Extraordinario.

  2. Anonymous2/02/2023

    Hi, I am visiting at end of February. Is there any show I could watch at Teatro Colon?

    1. The only performances in February are the ones from Disney in Concert, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Disney.

  3. Anonymous2/08/2023

    Hello, what are the events at Teatro Colon the week of mar 30-apr3rd”
    Thank you

    1. You can see the full program by clicking on the link posted above. They will surely post the calendar on the Theater's website in the next few days.

  4. Anonymous2/16/2023

    Hi I click the link posted above and it's 2022 program.

    1. Thanks for the heads up, it's been corrected to show the 2023 season

  5. Anonymous2/20/2023

    Hi I am planing on visiting argentina to watch this specific opera but I can’t find anywhere to buy the ticket online. Is it not opened for sale? How can I get the ticket? Thanks

    1. Tickets will go on sale online on March 8th. Check the Theater's website after that date.

  6. Anonymous3/08/2023

    I'm trying to buy tickets for the concerts Il Trovatore in August/23 and Madame Butterfly in November/23.

    I can't find it anywhere. I've looked everywhere, including on the Teatro Colón website.

    Can you help me?

    1. There's a notice on their website saying they have a problem with the ticketing system, and that they are trying to solve this problem, so keep checking and hopefully tickets will be available soon.

  7. Anonymous3/13/2023


    I will be in Buenos Aires 17 & 18/3 and 28 & 29/3. I am trying to see if there are any shows available, but cannot find details. Could you help?


    1. Go to their website's Spanish version and you will see the full calendar, it seems the English version is not updated.