We speak of a centennial coliseum located in the physical center of the capital of the Principality. Its privileged location allows you to approach it from any point. It is located a step away from the old town, in front of the Popular Plaza de la Escandalera, a few meters from the busy Uría Street and the not less frequented Parque de San Francisco.
The Campoamor Theater reaches international fame for being the venue, from 1981, for the delivery of Prince of Asturias Awards; considered together with the Nobel prizes the most important in the world. But this nineteenth-century theater plays a much broader role in the Asturian cultural scene. Being a center of municipal management becomes the main axis of many of the activities organized by the City Council. Among the great events that it hosts annually, it is worth mentioning the Lyric Theater Festival, Opera Season, Theater Season, Zarzuela, the Dance Festival, the Film Series and the Folklore Competition and Exhibition «Ciudad de Oviedo». The theater also gives its facilities to different charities for its own acts.
History of the Campoamor Theater
Externally It is an exempt building, of rectangular plant and four facades: the main one is of neoclassic style and it is formed by a low floor and an impressive second floor, lintel on pillars.
The need for such solemn property is born at the end of the 19th century and it fits into the cultural tastes of the bourgeoisie, with a clear predilection for theatrical and opera performances. The public was inaugurated at 1892 with a representation of the work of The Huguenots. He was baptized with the surname of the famous Asturian poet Ramón de Campoamor and in his gestation had an essential role the writer Leopoldo Alas, "Clarín", then councilor of the municipal corporation.
During the civil war, the theater is reduced to rubble and only the main façade remains standing. After the war, the construction and renovation of the Coliseum begins, which reopens its doors in September of 1948. Later, different reforms would come to adapt it to the times; the last one was in 1998.
At present El Campoamor captivates outside and inside. The hall and corridors of the entrance are marble, and everything around us arouses a premeditated elegance. The interior of the main room causes a majestic effect and luxury: vermilion-colored armchairs, golden railings, ornate walls and a vault of Greek-Latin influences where a beautiful chandelier of almost a ton of weight is suspended.
This stately image has been around the world several times, as well as its prestigious program of events among which stands out the lyrical season, which began to be held at 1948 and organized by 1978 the Asturian Association of Friends of the Opera. His 60 years of continuity has involved the participation of the most relevant voices of each moment.
Nowadays the activity of the theater is articulated precisely around the Opera Season, from September to January, and the Zarzuela Season, from February to June. In this historic scenario they offered recitals great names in the history of opera such as Marilyn Horne, Grace Bumbry, Samuel Ramey, Montserrat Caballé, Teresa Berganza, Victoria de los Angeles, Edita Gruberova, Waltraud Meier, Chris Merrit, Mirella Freni, Renata Scotto, Elly Amelling, Katia Ricciarelli, Elena Obraztsova, Vladimir Chernov, Rockwell Blake, Kristjan Jóhannsson or Frederica von Stade.
In the field of dance have performed great international figures such as Alicia Alonso and the National Ballet of Cuba, the Ballet of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow with Maia Plisiétskaia or companies such as the Ballet of the Opera of Monte Carlo, the Ballet Kirov of Leningrad, Ballet of Maurice Béjart, the Ballets de Martha Graham, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Netherlands Dance Theater with Jiri Kiliam, the Balis company of Boris Eifmann, the company of Angelin Preljocaj or the National Classical Ballet with María de Ávila. Likewise, internationally renowned soloists such as Mihail Barishnikov, Julio Bocca, Antonio Gades, Víctor Ullate, Nacho Duato and Tamara Rojo have performed.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com
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