The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Palacio de Bellas Artes / Palace of Fine Arts

Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is the premier opera house of Mexico City. The building well known for both its extravagant Beaux Arts exterior in imported Italian Carrara white marble and its murals by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco.

The Palacio has two museums: the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Museo de la Arquitectura. Metro Bellas Artes is located alongside.

The theatre is used for classical music, opera and dance, notably the "Baile Folklórico". A distinctive feature of the theatre is its stained glass Tifany's curtain depicting a volcano and the valley of Mexico. It is the home of Mexico's National Symphony Orchestra, the Bellas Artes Orchestra, the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra, the National Dance Company, and the Bellas Artes Opera.

Maria Callas sang in several productions at the Palacio early in her career, and recordings exist of several of her performances here. Other opera greats who have performed and/or sang there include Plácido Domingo, Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Jessye Norman. Most of the world's great orchestras and dance companies have also performed there, including the New York, Vienna, Israel, Moscow, London and Royal Philharmonics; The National Arts Centre Orchestra (Canada); the Philadelphia, Paris, Dresden Staatskapelle, and the French, Spanish and Chinese National Orchestras; the Montreal and Dallas Symphonies; the American Ballet Theatre, the English National Ballet, the Australian National Ballet, the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets; among others. [Wiki]


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B SQUARED said...

"Sounds" like a wonderful place.

Leif Hagen said...

What a beautiful building - well worth a visit! I like your music with your blog!

Anonymous said...

This is a nice post in black and white and I liked the words that went with it.

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Sergio López said...

Un tratamiento exquisito! Genial.


joo said...

The building is really great. I like it black and white.

R.Ferrari said...

belas fotos. parabens pelo seu blog

Tony said...

Me gusta como ha quedado la imagen partida en dos gracia al poste de la farola. Muy buena ....saludos Tony

AB said...

Tenéis edificios bien elegantes en la Ciudad de México.

Jerez Sherry said...

I love this photo of the Palace of Fine Arts! Bellisimo!!!