As the oldest cultural center in the country, it’s fitting that the Teatro Municipal’s building portrays all its historic glory. The neoclassical facade is as much an attraction as the artistic performances taking place within. Its European influence is decided with the architecture following the French tradition and its inaugural program in 1857 being the Italian opera Ernani.
Since that first Verdi performance, the Teatro Municipal has continued the tradition of bringing world-class arts to its Santiago stage. The theater presents everything from symphony and chamber music to opera to live theatre and ballet performances. Events take place nearly every day. Some are ticketed, while others, like the Musical Sundays series, are free.
Resident artist groups at the Teatro Municipal include the Ballet de Santiago, the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Choir Municipal de Santiago. A full staff also puts on a series of workshops in various technical fields such as costuming and construction.