If you thought the Amazon was just a tropical forest full of water and savage animals, you'd be wrong. The first thing you must understand is that the Amazon is the world's largest rainforest and a state located in the northern region of Brazil. Its capital is Manaus, one of the largest cities in the country.
The Amazon Theater (Portuguese: Teatro Amazonas) was built in Manaus, Brazil, during the Belle Époque period. It is a landmark building in Manaus. At that time, Manaus began to develop into a large city in the era of the prosperity of the rubber mining industry, and the construction of the Amazon Theater was a sign of modern development. The art of opera was introduced into the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
This world-class theater was built there to make Manaus the highest palace of Brazilian culture and art. The theater took 17 years to complete, and its building materials were sourced worldwide: ceilings from Alsace, furniture/knitwear from Paris, marble steps/columns/sculptures from Italy, steelwork from England, etc.
Amazon Theater Size and Construction
The Amazon Theater was first conceived in 1881 by local Congressman Antonio Jose Fernandez, and the construction took 15 years. The theater's architectural style is considered typical of Renaissance architecture. The roof tiles are from Alsace, the steel walls are from Glasgow, Scotland, and the Carrara marble stairs and statues are imported from Italy. The dome is covered with 36,000 decorative tiles painted in the colors of the Brazilian flag.
The artist personally directed the interior decoration of the Crispim do Amaral, which is as gorgeous as the theater's exterior. Paintings by the Italian painter Domenico de Angelis were used to decorate the ceiling of the audience room and auditorium. The murals pay tribute to many great composers, including Mozart, Beethoven, and the Brazilian Carlos Gomez. The curtain and its painting "Meetings on the Water" were created in Paris by Crispim Amaral. The theater's 198 chandeliers were imported from Italy, 32 of which came from Murano.
Measurements and Capacity of the Amazon Theater
The Amazon Theater is a three-floor building with dimensions of 68,7 x 124,5 meters. The Main Stage is 10.5 meters wide, 6.4 meters high, and 12 meters deep, and the principal Stage is 14 meters high for a total area of 123.3 square meters. The orchestra pit has a height of 2 meters, a width of 2.1 meters, and a length of 7 meters. The auditorium has a seating capacity of 701. The ground floor seats 266. And there are 100 stall boxes; the first-tier boxes seat 110; the 25 second-tier boxes seat 125; and the 20 third-tier boxes seat 100.
|Number of Floor||3|
|Dimensions||68,7 x 124,5 m|
|Main Stage Dimensions||12 m long, 10.5 m wide, 6.4 m high|
|Orchestra Pit Dimensions||7 m long, 2.1 m wide, 2 m high|
The four-act opera "Gioconda" by the Italian composer Poncari once premiered here, the Amazon Orchestra rehearses regularly here. The Amazon Theater is also where the annual Amazon Opera Festival is held and serves as a venue for the Amazon Theater Chorus, concerts, and other performances. Despite being an art space, the Amazon Theater is inside the museum explaining its historical and architectural importance. There, visitors can learn about the history of the theater and the latest history of Manaus.