The beautiful “Palacio de las Bellas Artes” (The Palace of the fine Arts) , the most important cultural place that performs the highest of all arts, Opera, concerts, ballets, recitals, celebrates on this September 29 its 82 anniversary.
On September 29 of 1934, el Palacio de las Bellas Artes was inaugurated.
I have so many wonderful memories of it… when I used to live in Mexico City, I used to go there very often, here is where I saw my first Opera ever….. Verdi’s Rigoletto with a very young Ramon Vargas as the Duke and yes, here is where my love for Opera began.
I used to watch Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet in every December here, in the Palace of Fine Arts.
(When I lived in Mexico City, I had the tradition of watching the Nutcracker ballet always in my Birthday, at Bellas Artes 😉 )
Many wonderful Opera artists have performed here in Bellas Artes… Maria Callas made her historical debut in Bellini’s “Norma”, here in Bellas Artes back in 1950.
Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and recently Joyce DiDonato, Javier Camarena and Renée Fleming have performed here in Bellas Artes.
But Bellas Artes is not only an Opera Theater, it is also a museum, in the interior of the Palace, right in the interior hall, between the ground floor and the uppermost floor, you can watch and admire the many of the famous murals by Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera and Jose Clemento Orozco.
Bellas Artes is not only the center for the performing arts like Opera, Classical music, Ballet and Theater but also for very important art exhibitions like painting and sculpture. Here when I was a child, I had the fortune to visit the special Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel exhibitions. Two years ago, the special art exhibitions of the art of Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci were a huge success. Also,here in Bellas Artes, was the place for the funerals of many important persons of the Mexican cultural life, writers Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes and Ernesto de la Peña, legendary actress Maria Felix, legendary actor “Cantinflas” and more recently, composer-singer Juan Gabriel.
Bellas Artes, in which the main facade was made by beautiful white Italian Carrara marble, is considered one of the most beautiful Opera Houses of the world.
The principal architectural styles of “Bellas Artes” are the Art Nouveau (the outside part) and the Art Deco (the inside part).
Here, four different images of “Bellas Artes”, two outside images of Bellas Artes, an inside photo in which you can see the historical murals between the two floors and the final image, the beautiful curtain, inside of the “Bellas Artes” theater.