Memorias Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro  (de Brito Chaves)
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Memorias Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro  (de Brito Chaves)
B1619. Edgard de Brito Chaves Jr. Memórias e Glórias de um Teatro - Sessenta Anos de História do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. Brasil, Companhia Editoria Americana, 1971. First Edition stated. 683pp. plus c.30 unnumbered pages; Exhaustive chronology 1909-67; Photos; Half-Title page inscribed & autographed by the Author. (Portugese Text) (Pictorial thick paper covers)

Biographical Note:

“The Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro was not built until the beginning of the 20th century and it came to represent the new republican regime and a new era to the elegant capital of Brazil. At the time, then-Mayor Pereira Passos launched a major upgrade of the city center by opening in 1903 the Central Avenue (Now Avenida Rio Branco), shaped after the boulevards of Paris and flanked by magnificent examples of eclectic architecture. Hence arose the opera venue, brainchild of Francisco de Oliveira Passos (Son of then mayor Francisco Pereira Passos) with the cooperation of Albert Guilbert and design inspired by the Paris Opéra. Building began in 1905 on a foundation of 1,180 wood poles rooted in groundwater. To decorate the building, the most important Brazilian painters and sculptors of the time were summoned, such as Eliseu Visconti, Rodolfo Amoedo and the Bernardelli brothers. European artisans were also recruited to work on stained glasses and mosaic tiles. Finally, four and a half years later - a record time for the work that took the relay from 280 workers in two shifts -on 14 July, 1909, President Nilo Peçanha inaugurated the Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.”