Plácido Domingo show marks the reopening of the bullfighting ring in Colonia, Uruguay for cultural purposes

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Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo was the leading attraction on Saturday evening before a crowd of 3,300 at the newly-refurbished San Carlos Bullfighting ring in the Uruguay city of Colonia del Sacramento.

 Domingo, 83, appeared alongside soprano Virginia Tola and mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera as the Plaza de Toros Real de San Carlos Cultural Center was inaugurated over a Zarzuela Gala. Domingo had last been in Uruguay 28 years ago.

A large group of Argentines crossed the River Plate for the occasion, which resulted in a sellout for Colonia’s hotel capacity. Uruguayan politicians also attended the event.

The repertoire included “La boda de Luis Alonso” and “Ya mis horas felices,” among the 22 pieces featuring Domingo and the other performers in a manner that would allow the Spanish artist to grasp some air between interpretations.

The Plaza de Toros Real de San Carlos is an entertainment and sports centre that reopened for cultural purposes on December 9, 2021, 111 years after its first opening. It was restored by the Colonia del Sacramento City Hall for US$8 million.

On Jan. 9, 1910, eight bullfights were held by a group of bullfighters who travelled, mainly from Spain, for this event. According to the Croatian architect Josip Markovi’s project, it is the only bullfighting arena in Uruguay, built in eight months.

With a neo-Mudejar style very similar to the bullrings of Spain, its iron structure was brought specially from Great Britain. At the same time, the brick and mosaic factory La Arenisca supplied the material used for its construction.

It has become a cultural centre, and many world-class events are expected to follow Domingo’s show.

UNESCO has declared the bullfighting ring a World Heritage Site. The Centro Cultural de la Plaza de Toros Real de San Carlos brings together museums, exhibitions, media libraries, outdoor recreational and leisure spaces, and gastronomic proposals. It suits shows, conferences, congresses, fairs, festivals, meetings, launches, parades, and interventions.

Source: Merco Press

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