The city of Sao Paulo celebrates the centennial of its Municipal Theater and a commemorative stamp was released on September 12, 2011. The Municipal Theater began to be built in 1903 through the planning and hands of the architect Ramos de Azevedo and Italians Claudio Rossi and Domiziano Rossi. The theater was officially opened on September 12, 1911, with a crowd of 20,000 people jostling at its doors. São Paulo had finally been integrated into the international circuit of big cultural-artistic events. The architecture of the Municipal Theater was influenced by the Paris Opera, with a combination of 17th century Renaissance and Baroque features. Inside, it boasts an array of works of art: busts, bronzes, medallions, decorated walls, crystals, neoclassical columns, stained glass, mosaics and marble are a feast for the eyes of more attentive viewers.
The image on the stamp brings the theater’s facade shown from a frontal view and presents the revitalized theater to the public in all its grandeur. On the sides, the two main statues on the facade stand out, conveying the essence of its artistic mission: Music and Drama.