The Libertador General San Martin Theatre is the premier stage theatre, opera house and concert hall in Cordoba, Argentina.
Noting the absence of a concert hall in his native Cordoba, Provincial Justice Minister Ramon Carcano proposed the establishment of one to Governor Ambrosio Olmos in 1887. Securing the project's approval and funding from the Cordoba Legislature, Carcano commissioned fellow a Italian Argentine, architect Francesco Tamburini, for the project's design. Creating an eclectic Italianate theatre, Tamburini's design was juxtaposed with Arturo Nembrini Gonzaga's interior verdigris accents, facade reliefs and quadriga, all nods to the Beaux Arts architecture so in demand in Argentina at the time. The entirety of the theatre's materials, fabrics and machinery was imported for the purpose from Europe.
The landmark institution was inaugurated on April 26, 1891, as the Rivera Indarte Theatre. Popularly known as the "Broad Street Theatre" during the early 20th century (Broad Street was later renamed Velez Sarsfield Avenue), the grand concert hall was designed for a capacity of 1,000 spectators. Its concert hall featured a rising floor to stage level, made available during the many social balls held there since then. Among the first prominent drama theatre directors to stage productions there was Maria Guerrero, who popularized the theatre of Spain in Argentina after 1897. Subsequent years saw numerous internationally renowned classical performers, as well, notably Enrico Caruso, Tito Schipa and Arthur Rubinstein.
The institution was renamed in honor of General Jose de San Martin in 1950 by order of President Juan Peron on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the Liberator's passing. The theatre additionally houses the Luis de Tejeda and Rafael Grisolia Halls, each with capacities of around 100 and mainly reserved for seminars, as well as for the theatre's Juvenile Orchestra. A museum of the institution's extensive stagecraft collection was organized into the Cristobal de Aguilar Musical and Theatre Museum in 1970.
Gobierno de la Provincia de Cordoba: Teatro del Libertador
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