I’ve enjoyed an active retirement for 16 years in Buenos Aires. Life is never without its challenges, and adapting to a new culture and lifestyle provides them. I want to share why Buenos Aires is a great city for retirement.
The Teatro Colón is the main opera house in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is ranked the third best opera house in the world by National Geographic, and is acoustically considered to be among the five best concert venues in the world.
Gerta Woodberry from Canada and Robert Bernstein from the United States spend several months each year in Buenos Aires to leave winter behind. They come to Buenos Aires to dance tango in the milongas and enjoy all that the city has to offer.
Yesterday morning, we attended a free concert at Teatro Colon. Yes, it was free. The Camarata Bariloche, a chamber orchestra, performed The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi and From Holberg’s Time Suite by Edvard Grieg.
My weekend began with a concert on Friday evening at the Board of Trade downtown where the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional performed Antonin Dvorak’s violin concerto and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. One of the variations brought me to tears. Then on Saturday I got a message from my friend Romaine that she had two complimentary tickets for the ballet dress rehearsal at Teatro Colon. Tickets cost $1,320 pesos each for the performances this week. We enjoyed three fabulous works to Mozart, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff by the permanent ballet company and the Orquesta Filarmonica.
What other city in the world offers hundreds of free concerts by first-class musicians all year-long? It’s only one of many reasons why I’m so happy being retired in Buenos Aires.
I started my concert-going habit as a third-grader attending youth concerts at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. Our group sat in the gallery, at the very top, looking down to the stage. That’s where my appreciation for classical music took root. It’s where I decided that I wanted to play in an orchestra some day. Years later in 1969, I was on stage at Orchestra Hall as a member of the North Side Symphony Orchestra of Chicago looking up to the gallery.