Photographer's Note

The Amazonas Theater is not only the symbol of the city of Manaus craved in the heart of the Amazonian jungle. Its symbolism has extended all over the region as an example of cultural heroism.

On December 31, 1996, with the commemorations of the Centenary of the Amazonas Theater, the whole world celebrated the victory of the Amazonian man in the struggle for the forest defense and the will of the "caboclo" in showing the strength of this race. The Theater is not only the legendary presentations of Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt, or the actual vocal promenade of Luciano Pavarotti when visiting the Theater’s stage for the joy of 50 visitors, and his vocal test, almost a full spectacle witnessed by those who were around him. The Amazonas Theater is both the simple and the sold out show, the Amazonian songs and the splendorous ballet shoes of Dame Margot Fonteyn.

The darin rubber plantation owners and the courageous engineer from the State of Maranhão Eduardo Ribeiro - in the end of last century - have transmitted to the "caboclos" of today the eagerness to fight to preserve the culture of this land: maintaining the bright green of the forest and of our environment, the singing of native and birds on a stage that has already seen operas and operettas, speeches and theses, good boys and bad boys and even the famous ghosts of the Theater. We wish that our culture maintains itself alive as the Centenary of the Theater, in the middle of this thousand years forest.

This picture is dedicated to Isabel.

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Additional Photos by Celma Leite (celmaleite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1406 W: 63 N: 1281] (5010)
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