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Teatro Independencia, Mendoza

Teatro Independencia, Mendoza

The Teatro Independencia ("Independence Theatre") is the premier performing arts venue in Mendoza. The theater resulted from a provincial project for the creation of a hub for tourism along Independence Square. The initiative, enacted by the reformist Governor Carlos Washington Lencinas in 1922, led to the opening of the Plaza Hotel, in 1924, and subsequently to a contract for the construction of the first opera house in Mendoza Province. The contract was awarded to Faustino and Mauricio da Rosa, who at the time managed the renowned Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires by concession. Supervised by the nation's Ministry of Public Works, the project was commissioned to architect Alfredo Israel, and its plans were approved in October 1923. The theater was, as were many public works of this type in Argentina at the time, designed in a French Academy style. Its façade included a Neoclassical fronts featuring four Corinthian columns on a green marble base, a rococo frieze, the provincial escutcheon in bas-relief, and a balustrade above.

The design for the interiors was based on those prevailing in Italian opera houses, and the formal vestibule is overlooked by grand marble steps leading to the concert hall. The auditorium itself includes four tiers of balconies, and its seating capacity is 730. The theater serves as the home of the Provincial Philharmonic Orchestra. Following a pre-inaugural festival organized by the Ladies' Brigade of the right-wing Argentine Patriotic League, the Independenicia was inaugurated on November 18, 1925, with the premiere of La Emigrada (The Emigrée), an opera by Argentine librettist Vicente Martínez Cuitiño; the work was performed by the Compañía Argentina de Dramas y Comedias, and featured Camila Quiroga (one of the leading opera performers in Argentina, at the time).

Cinema installations were added to the theatre in 1944, and these were inaugurated with a showing of Casablanca. The building suffered from a massive fire in 1963, and reopened in 1965 with a performance by the Colón Theatre Ballet Company. Further renovations begun in 2000 included the construction of a 5-story annex, and on September 21, 2003, the theater was re-inaugurated with a performance by Mendoza-born soprano Fabiana Bravo.
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Sight Name: Teatro Independencia
Sight Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Mendoza, Argentina

Create Your Own Walk in Mendoza

Create Your Own Walk in Mendoza

Creating your own self-guided walk in Mendoza is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Mendoza Sightseeing Tour

Mendoza Sightseeing Tour

Mendoza is listed among the most popular Argentinian destinations. It has a lot to offer to its visitors, including architecture, museums, wineries, parks, squares, monuments and much more. This tour will show you the main sights in the Mendoza city center.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Mendoza Introduction Walk

Mendoza Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Mendoza General San Martín Park Walk, Part 2

Mendoza General San Martín Park Walk, Part 2

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Mendoza General San Martín Park Walk, Part 1

Mendoza General San Martín Park Walk, Part 1

Mendoza General San Martín Park is a place perfectly designed for a healthy walk. The park, named after the famous Argentinian general, features 34 beautiful sculptures which line its paths and alleys. Take this tour to see the most interesting sights of “Parque General San Martín”.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Barrio Civico Mendoza Tour

Barrio Civico Mendoza Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Museums Walking Tour

Museums Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles