Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires main concert hall, has just released the program for 2015 Opera Season. Tickets are not yet for sale for the general public: priority is given to past seasons’ subscribers. For every individual, tickets are usually on sale around two months before the show.

If you are wondering how to get tickets, please see our oldest post: how to get tickets for Teatro Colón Opera.

Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season at Teatro Colón

WERTHER

Opera in four acts by Jules Massenet (1892)

New production by Teatro Colón

Romantic opera based on Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther. Young, inexperienced and in love, Werther is one of the most emblematic characters of the first romanticism.

Werhter - Jules Massenet

From April 14 to April 21st

 

 

L´ELISIR D´AMORE

Comic opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti (1832)

L’Elisir D’Amore is one of the most charming pieces of Italian Bel Canto genre. It combines a touching love story and humoristic scenes with beautiful music and duets.

Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season - L Elisir D'Amore

For May 8 to May 14

 

QUARTETT

Epic Opera by Luca Francesconi (2011)

Production by Scala de Milán and IRCAM Paris

Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season - Quartett -Fura Dels Baus

Luca Francesconi is a disciple of Berio y Stockhausen and a very innovative music composer. Quartett, base on play by Heiner Müller, may be one of the most interesting new opera creations. The production was conceived by La Fura dels Baus.

 

From June 16 to June 23

 

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

Melodram in one act by Pietro Mascagni (1890)

PAGLIACCI

Opera in a prologue and two acts by Ruggero Leoncavallo (1892)

Production by Liege Opera

Two short operas about passion and jealousy, with an excellent cast of Argentinean artists.

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

From July 14 to July 21

 

 

DON CARLO

Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi (1867, rev. 1872/1886)

One of the most expected production of this 2015 opera season is Don Carlo. Seen as Verdi’s most ambitious operas, Don Carlo is a story of power and love during the Spanish Inquisition. Great international cast.

Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season - Don Carlo - Verdi

From September 20 to September 29

 

 

THE FIERY ANGEL

Opera in five acts and seven scenes by Serguei Prokofiev (1927)

The story of The Fiery Angel has a culturally taboo subject: demonic possession. Largely, The Fiery Angel is considered, despite lack of productions, as Prokofiev’s strongest and most dramatically intense scores.”

 The Fiery Angel - Prokofiev

From November 3 to November 10

 

 

PARSIFAL

Drama in three acts by Richard Wagner (1882)

The magical music of Wagner comes back once again at Teatro Colón. In Parsifal, the great German composer revisits the story of the Saint Graal.

Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season - Parsifal

December 4 to December 11

 

Hope you will enjoy Buenos Aires 2015 Opera Season! If you are wondering how to get tickets, please see this post.

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If you are staying in Buenos Aires for Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, you should definitely book your restaurant in advance. For Christmas, the offer is limited as many places are closed. We have contacted many restaurants to find you the best menus for these special dates! You will find a detailed list below.

 

If you have a reservation at Palo Santo Hotel for these dates, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can help you arrange a restaurant table.

 

Restaurants opened for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve in Buenos Aires

 

Palacio Duhau Restaurant (Recoleta)

Palacio Duhau New year's Eve Dinner

Mood: 5-star Palace Hotel

Opened for: Christmas Eve, Christmas Brunch, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Brunch

Price: AR$ 3.100 to 3.400 (Christmas Eve), AR$3.900 to AR$4.890 (New Year’s Eve, including party), AR$1.200 (brunch)

What: 7-courses menu with high-end wines and champagne; complete brunch with entertainment for children

Our opinion: Palacio Duhau has a beautiful terrace and 5-star service

 

Hilton Puerto Madero

Hilton Buenos Aires

Mood: International Hotel

Opened for: Christmas Eve, Christmas Brunch, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Brunch

Price: AR$1.680 (Christmas Eve), AR$2.535 (New Year’s Eve, including party), AR$560 (brunch)

What: 5-courses menu with very good wines, special menu and entertainment for children

Our opinion:

 

Casa Cruz (Palermo)

casacruz

Mood: Elegant Restaurant

Opened for: New Year’s Eve

Price: AR$1.800

What: 4-course menu (wine included) and party

 

Crizia (Palermo)

crizia

Mood: Elegant Restaurant

Opened for: New Year’s Eve

Price: AR$2.350

What: 6-course menu (wine included) with live jazz band

 

Il Gran Caruso (Palermo)

il-gran-caruso

Mood: Traditional Italian Restaurant

Opened for: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Price: AR$900 (Christmas), AR$1000 (New Year)

What: 3-course menu (wine included)

 

Lo de Jesus (Palermo)

lo-de-jesus

Mood: Argentinean Grill House

Opened for: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Price: AR$890 (Christmas), AR$990 (New Year)

What: Fixed menu (to be defined)

 

Café de los Angelitos

cafe-angelitos

Mood: Tango Show and Dinner

Opened for: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Price: USD400 – 550 (VIP placement)

What: 3-course menu with wines and music until 3am

 

Rojo Tango (Puerto Madero)

rojo_tango

Mood: Over-the-Top Tango Show in a 5-star hotel

Opened for: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Price: USD700

What: 4-course menu with wines and party until 3 am

 

Please remember that if you have a reservation at Palo Santo Hotel for these dates, you can contact us to help you book a table. Most restaurants are fully booked days before the event, so plan in advance!

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This week-end in Buenos Aires:

Tango Concert at La Usina del Arte

Buenos Aires Tango Orquestra

Buenos Aires Tango Orquestra will share the scene with Pipi Piazolla jazz sextet. The concert will end with Astor Piazolla tango repertoire.
See this blog post for more info about La Usina del Arte.

Friday Dec 12 – 8:30pm
Free entrance
La Usina del Arte
Caffarena, Agustin R. 1 (at Pedro De Mendoza Ave) – La Boca
Taxi highly recommended from Palermo

 

Antonio Berni exhibition at MALBA

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For this exhibition, MALBA museum brings together over 150 works around Juanito and Ramona characters: paintings, collages and bi-dimensional constructions.

See our complete post about this exhibition.

Until Feb. 02 2015
MALBA Museum
Ave. Figueroa Alcorta 3415
malba.org.ar

Margaret Bourke-White photo exhibition at Centro Cultural Borges

Margaret Bourke exhibition Buenos Aires

Centro Cultural Borges presents a selection of pictures of famous newyorker photograph published in Life magazine.

Centro Cultural Borges
Viamonte 525 (next to Galerías Pacífico)
Mo-Sa 10am-9pm / Su 12am-9pm

El Mercat design fair at Ciudad Cultural Konex

Author’s design fair: adults and children apparel, home decoration, stationary, etc.

Ciudad Cultura Konex
Sarmiento 3151
Sunday 2pm-9pm

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Located in the not-so-glamourous area of Constitución, Aramburu Bis is a gem in Buenos Aires gastronomical scenery. It is the second restaurant of chef Gonzalo Aramburu and constitutes a more accessible alternative to his original restaurant, Aramburu. If you want to discover Argentine Cuisine further than grilled meat and empanadas, we highly recommend it!

Aramburu Bis

Aramburu Bis is located in Constitución, a popular area not far from San Telmo. The setting is very modern and rustic at the same time: the large steel ceiling lamps contrast very nicely with the raw wood chairs and table. Some cooking equipment and pots hang over the tables. There are some individual tables and other communal tables, fit for several groups of 2 to 8 diners.

Aramburu Bis - Buenos Aires

The menu is a modern take on Argentine Cuisine: Ojo de Bife Ahumado (smoked ribeye with kabutia pure, sweet potatoes chips, pesto and braised leak), Raviolones de Conejo (rabbit ravioli with mushrooms, herbs and tomato), Churrasquitos de Higado de Ternera (veal liver steaks with truffled potatoe pure, grilled peppers and fried egg) are some of the main courses. For desert, the arroz con leche (rice pudding) is absolutely stunning.

Aramburu - Ojo de Bife

Finally, the service is friendly and efficient and the breadbasket – served with a delicious olive oil – is great. And they have a very nice wine list too. For now, price is very accessible: around USD25 per person. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts!

 

Aramburu Bis

Humberto Primo 1207

4304-5697

aramburubis.com.ar

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Of course, as in all family reunions in Argentina, asado (barbecue) is a very popular option. But many Argentineans have Italian and Spanish ancestors and have inherited their culinary traditions and traditional Christmas dishes.

The Argentinean Christmas table often include:

Vitel Toné (vitelle tonnato)

Vitel Tone Christmas Dish

Vitello tonnato is a well-known Italian dish of cold, sliced veal covered with a creamy, mayonnaise-like sauce that has been flavored with tuna. In a country were meat is delicious and unexpensive, vitel toné is a popular first course for a Christmas meal

 

Roast suckling pig (lechón asado)

Argentina Christmas Dishes

This typical Spanish dish consists in a whole pig usually cooked in a bakery oven and served cold. In the old days, bakeries used to lend their ovens so the neighbors could cook their pig.

 

Pan dulce

Pan Dulce Argentina

A delicious sweet brioche with lots of nuts and almonds. Combines perfectly with a glass of champagne!

“Pan dulce” is the Spanish variant of Italian Panettone. From November to January, all bakeries and even supermarket sell their pan dulce. It is also a common tradition that employers give their employees a Christmas basket include one “pan dulce”.

 

Turrón and sugared almonds

Turron

Also a tradition inherited from Spain.

 

Christmas Eve dinner usually ends long after midnight. Young people then use to go out with their friends and most clubs are open and crowded. Families use to gather again for lunch on Christmas day, for yet another day of overeating!

 

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Cesar Pelli is one of the most renowned Argentinean architect. Born and raised in northwestern region of Tucumán, he has an impressive portfolio of works around the globe, including the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, which for some years were the tallest towers in the world.

From November 14 to December 8, Centro Cultural Recoleta offers to discover the work of this architect. Through a display of some of his most iconic buildings, but also some less known cultural words, the exhibition is a tribute to one of the most influential living architects.

Cesar Pelli Arquitect

Cesar Pelli landmark buldings: Petronas Towers, World Financial Center

Cesar Pelli has an impressive curriculum of tower building. For years, Kuala Lumpur’s 452-meter high Petronas Tower were the highest in the world.

Torres Patronas Cesar Pelli

Located across the former World Trade Center, the World Financial Center (now Brookfield Place) is a complex of building erected between 1982 and 1988.

Manhattan World Financial Center

Hong Kong’s International Finance Center is a prominent landmark on the island. It is an integrated commercial development built on the waterfront of Hong Kong’s Central District.

Hong Kong Finance Center

Cesar Pelli architour in Buenos Aires

 

Cesar Pelli built three important buildings in Buenos Aires. The most recent and maybe the most impressive as well is YPF Tower in Puerto Madero. The heart of the Building, between floors 26 to 31, is a small Eucalyptus trees wood.

Cesar Pelli - Buenos Aires

YPF Tower

Macacha Guemes Blv. at Juana Mano St.


Built in 1996, Edificio República near Retiro station can be observed from Puerto Madero. It is easily recognizable from it convex façade.

Edificio Republica Cesar Pelli

Edificio República

Tucumán 1

 

Torre BankBoston is a glass tower located in Catalina Norte office buildings complex, also near Retiro station.

Torre BankBoston Buenos Aires

Torre BankBoston

Pasaje Della Paolera 265

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For six days, from November 19 to November 24, some major jazz artists will be on stage for Buenos Aires Jazz Festival. Every year we are looking forward to this great musical event. Let us guide you!

Buenos Aires Jazz Festival

Buenos Aires Jazz Festival 2014: 5 locations throughout the city

 

Unlike previous editions, this year’s Jazz Festival main venue will not be Recoleta Cultural Center. Instead, the city of Buenos Aires selected La Usina del Arte, a reconverted power factory located in La Boca and Parque Centenario Amphitheater, an outdoor concert venue located inside a public park.

Anfiteatro Parque Centenario Buenos Aires

From Palermo, the access is quite more complicated, so we hope they will come back to Recoleta next year! If you are staying at Palo Santo Hotel, do not hesitate to order a taxi at front desk. Estimated fare: AR$100 to La Usina del Arte, AR$60 to Parque Centenario.

 

Some concerts will also take place at AMIA in the city center, and Café Vinilo and Thelonious in Palermo.

 

Buenos Aires Jazz Festival 2014: Our Shortlist

 

As always, the program is quite extensive and somehow uneven, so we have selected a shorlist for you. Here are the concerts we specially recommend:

 

Wednesday November 19

La Usina del Arte – 8:30 PM

Pat Martino Organ Trío (USA)

Entrance: AR$130

 

Thelonious Club – 10PM

Andreas Schaerer (Austria) & Gauthier Toux (France) + Arturo Puertas & Bruno Varela (Argentina)

Entrance: AR$80

 

Thursday November 20

La Usina del Arte – 7PM

Mike Del Ferro & Ricardo Cavalli Duo (Holanda/Argentina)

Entrance: Free

 

Friday November 21

Parque Centenario Amphitheater – 6PM

Fénix Jazz Band (Argentina)

Entrance: Free

 

La Usina del Arte – 8:30PM

Ensemble Rom-Schaerer-Eberle (Austria) – Leo Genovese Trío (Argentina)

Entrance: Free

 

La Usina del Arte – 9PM

Julia Moscardini Quinteto (Argentina)

Entrance: Free

 

Saturday November 22

Parque Centenario Amphitheater – 3:30PM

Jon Seiger and the All-Stars from Argentina (USA – Argentina)

Entrance: Free

 

La Usina del Arte – 8:30PM

Marcin Wasilewski Trio (Poland) – Henri Texier Hope Quartet (France)

Entrance: AR$80/130

 

Sunday November 23

Usina del Arte – 8:30PM

Yotam Silverstein Trio (Israel) – Myra Melford & Ben Goldberg (USA)

Entrance: AR$80/130

 

Café Vinilo – 10PM

Gianluca Petrella & Giovani Guidi (Italy) – Matías Crouzeilles & Maxi Kirszner (Argentina)

Entrance: AR$80

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Palermo Polo Open has just started and it is the most important Polo Tournament of the year. From November 15 to December 6, the country’s best polo clubs face each other to win the most prestigious trophy in the world. The polo tournament takes place at Palermo polo field, the “Campo Argentino de Polo”. Entrances start at AR$105.

Palermo Polo Open: a chance to see the best polo teams in the world

Buenos Aires Polo Tournament

Argentina is credited globally as the mecca of polo, mainly because Argentina is the country with the largest number ever of 10 handicap players in the world. In this years’ edition, one team only has a perfect 40 handicap: La Dolfina.

Palermo Polo Tournament: Beautiful horses and beautiful people

 

The polo tournament takes place at the Campo Argentino de Polo, in Palermo. Observing the people there is almost as fascinating as watching the polo match. Many luxury brands try to seduce the well-off, beautiful polo aficionados. Have a glass of champagne, put on your sunglasses and enjoy.

How does a polo match work?Polo Tournament

A polo match lasts 90 minutes and is divided into eight 7-minute periods called chukkers. There is a 4-minute interval between chukkers and a 10-minute half time. Usually, polo players change horses between each chukker.

Each team counts 4 players: one striker, one midfielder and two defenders.

For more basic facts about polo, see this oldest blog post: Polo Basics: Quick facts about Polo

How to get tickets?

Polo Tournament Buenos Aires

Tickets are on sale at ticketek.com.ar, starting at AR$105. We recommend that you chose a slightly better category than the AR$105 tickets, so that you have a better view of the playing field.

 

Fixture:

Day 1 – Saturday 11/15

2 PM La Dolfina vs Miramar

4:30 PM La Aguada vs Magual

 

Day 2 – Sunday 11/16

2 PM Ellerstina vs Chapaleufú

4:30 PM Alegría vs La Aguada Las Monjitas

 

Day 3 – Saturday 11/22

2 PM La Aguada vs Miramar (1)

4:30 PM La Dolfina vs Magual (2)

 

Day 4 – Sunday 11/23

2 PM Alegría vs Chapaleufú (3)

4:30 PM Ellersitna vs La Aguada Las Monjitas (4)

 

Day 5 – Saturday 11/29

2 PM Winner (2) vs Loser (1)

4:30 PM Winner (1) vs Loser (2)

 

Day 6 – Sunday 11/30

2 PM Winner (4) vs Loser (3)

4:30 PM Winner (3) vs Loser (4)

 

FINAL – Saturday 12/6

4:30PM

 

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Antonio Berni (1905-1981) is a major Argentinean artist. He is an important exponent of the Nuevo Realismomovement, the Latin American extension of social realism. His works are often focused on poverty, urbanization and the effects of industrialization on the most fragile.

Berni MALBA

Berni created a very cohesive universe with a series of characters that he followed throughout his works. Among these characters, Juanito and Ramona play an important part. In the late 1960s, a child called Juanito Laguna appeared in Berni’s cosmology. He is one of the first of his characters. Juanito is the son of factory worker. He represents all stray children that used to inhabit Buenos Aires poor neighborhoods and slums. Raised in the streets, Juanito is poor but resourceful. Berni depcts him playing in the streets, using a collage technique with industrial wastes, pieces of fabric and cardboard.

Berni - Juanito y Ramona - MALBA

 

 

Ramona Montiel is another important character in Antonio Berni’s cosmology. Ramona worked as a seamstress but, lured by a life of luxury, she turns to prostitution. Berni was inspired for this character by Parisians cabarets. He used laces, fine fabrics and accessories to recreated a Belle Epoque atmosphere.

Berni - Juanito y Ramona - MALBA

Antonio Berni – Juanito and Ramona exhibition

For this exhibition, MALBA museum brings together over 150 works around Juanito and Ramona characters: paintings, collages and bi-dimensional constructions.

Until Feb. 02 2015
MALBA Museum
Ave. Figueroa Alcorta 3415
malba.org.ar

 

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