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The Opera House in the Jungle

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On the subject of mystery and creations, here’s one that RT is dealing with on a personal level: he was born in Brazil and left when he was four years old. He has never been back…but, well, these things have a way of working themselves out.

Here’s one place that RT’s family never got to while in the country. The reason? My mother was pregnant with guess who. Sorry, Mom!!

And what is this magical place? The opera house that money from rubber plantations along the Amazon built: the Teatro Amazonas, completed in 1896 in the center of Manaus, the capital of Amazonas State in Brazil.

Amazonas is large, but extremely sparsely populated: 98 percent of the state is covered by the Amazon Rain Forest. Nonetheless, Manaus is a big city–population 1.8 million–and the opera house is an impressive edifice–it seats 700 and is constructed from bricks made in Europe, French glass, and Italian marble. It is the home of the Amazonas Philharmonic Orchestra and boasts a full schedule of performances and events.

What a remarkable achievement…   RT

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Photo: Teatro Amazonas; user: Pontanegra; WikiCmns; CC 2.5 Generic.

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  1. mj
    March 10, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Truly amazing!

    • March 10, 2013 at 3:27 am

      mj: if i ever go back, the opera house is high on my list of destinations… RT

  2. March 10, 2013 at 4:16 am

    We toured this opera house…Matt Damon gave some money to refurbish it….Gorgeous!

  3. March 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Is it actually STILL surrounded by rain forest or is most of that gone too? Beautiful building tho.

  4. March 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I remember the extraordinary film Fitzcarraldo, about another dream to build an opera house in the jungle in the 1890s, this time in Peru. The film largely focused on the fictional Brian Sweeney (Fitzcarraldo) Fitzgerald’s attempts to haul a steamer over the mountains as part of his plans to build the opera house.

    It seems the screenplay was based on a real Peruvian rubber baron, Carlos Fermín Fitzcarrald, who actually hauled a real steamship through the jungle, though this is smaller than the film version (http://www.flickr.com/photos/_leonid/2793180806/).

    Still, the Teatro Amazonas is a splendid building in mock Baroque, especially that dome!

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