Brazil, Manaus – a day and night at the opera – Teatro Amazonas

The very rich rubber barons liked showing off so they thought it would be a fab idea to build an opera house in Manaus – in those days this was truly the middle of the jungle – and even now it must be one of the remotest opera houses anywhere in the world.

Most of the materials were designed and imported from Europe and it is based on the typical design of the time except for the unusual ceramic dome – just to be a bit different

The interior holds 701 people (because the governor’s box held 15)

Note the TA in wrought iron in the windows and the Carrara marble.

…and the ceiling is pretty cool. Not only 4 paintings to do with the arts but if you look at it from below you can see it replicates the base of the Eiffel Tower which the painter has seen partially completed in Paris. Hopefully you can see this below

Upstairs there was a reception room for the extra rich with more beautiful painted ceilings to admire.

I got to see an excellent jazz show there in the evening so we saw the place lit up in all its glory. It was nice that a lot for the locals came to see the show (I think the got free tickets) as well as those of us from the cruise.

Here’s a short video of the jazz guys in action.

https://videos.files.wordpress.com/ZDBtB16L/img_6192.mov

Great night out.

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