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The Teatro Solís

150 Years of Opera, Concert and Ballet in Montevideo

The first comprehensive history of the oldest major opera house in the Americas.

The Teatro Solís in Montevideo, Uruguay—established in 1856 and still operating—is the oldest theater in the Americas. Solís audiences thrilled to the lyricism of many of the great singers of the 19th Century, among them Adelina Patti, Romilda Pantaleoni, Gemma Bellincioni, and Enrico Caruso, accompanied by a 285-member company. Programs also featured orchestra and dance: the theater played host to dancer Vaslav Nijinksy's last stage performance and presented Puccini, Mascagni, Saint-Saëns and Richard Strauss. Susana Salgado's lively historical account—the very first of its kind—is enriched by anecdotes, reviews and illustrations. A complete narrative chronology of performances is indexed by performer and work, making this book a rare treat for opera buffs and an invaluable resource for scholars in the fields of music and dance history, American studies, and Latin American studies.

About the Authors

SUSANA SALGADO is a consultant to the Library of Congress for Iberian and Latin American music. Prior to leaving Uruguay, she was Research Professor and Chair of Uruguayan Music in the Department of Musicology at the University of Uruguay in Montevideo. Author of several books, she contributed to scholarly publications, including five Grove dictionaries (Opera, Music 1980/2001, Women Composers, and American Composers). E. THOMAS GLASOW is the editor of Opera Quarterly. JULIO MARÎA SANGUINETTI is the former President of Uruguay.


"Salgado's entertaining and very human narrative helps attest to the role of the Solis as a major music theater in the Western Hemisphere. Interesting tidbits and facsimiles of posters, program covers, and portraits add to the book's appeal. The appendixes of performances arranged by year, artist, and titles/composer are also extremely useful.... highly recommended for all music or Latin American culture/history collections."—Library Journal


"This is a reference book that can be read cover to cover, and as such, a rarity. Its style is flowing, easily accessible, and entertaining. Without any doubt this is a pioneering work that researchers will find indispensable."—Andrew Farkas, author of Enrico Caruso: My Father and My Family (with Enrico Caruso, Jr)

"I consider this book as filling a very badly needed gap in our knowledge of history and music, not only in Montevideo, but in all of South America.""—Tom Kaufman, author of Annals of Italian Opera
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