The projects "Isadora" and "Aquilla" achieved the same number of votes from the jury. The "Aquilla" had the secret author Francisco de Oliveira Passos, son of the Mayor Francisco Pereira Passos, whose urban reforms initiated in 1902 have radically changed the appearance of the center of Rio de Janeiro.
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The next day the press recorded a memorable night for the city: "Night of opulent galas, said at blinding aspect of all those architectural beauties in focus, the flamboyance of those costly marbles (...); night of art by the music and by he Brazilian scene in which they were married, to celebrate the inauguration fausta, a language and warp light Bonança of Coelho Neto, and the ranges of our musicians in poems harmonies sensitizers."
(The Tribune, 15/07/1909)
Soon after the national anthem, the poet Olavo Bilac in a heated speech, extolled the creation of the Municipal Theater:
"Lacked you this palace, beloved city! In your splendid revival you lacked this statement of your artistic genius! And I bless the benevolent lucky that I booked the good fortune to have been chosen to deliver to your enjoyment and your affection this House which is one of the most beautiful jewels in your crown of Queen! "
Collection of the Documentation Center of Fundação Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro - CEDOC/FTMRJ
Curation and Text
Fátima Cristina Gonçalves
Luiz Evandro Bertanha