AAA Editor Notes
Angela Peralta Theater (Teatro Angela Peralta) is 3 blks. s. of Plaza Machado at Av. Carnaval #47 (at Calle Libertad). It opened in 1874 as the Teatro Rubio. Renowned opera singer Angela Peralta, dubbed “the Mexican Nightingale,” arrived for an engagement in 1883 but contracted cholera and tragically died (along with most of her company) before uttering a single note.
After stints as a Mardi Gras ballroom, movie palace, boxing arena and parking garage, the theater was abandoned and in ruins before being restored and reopening in 1992. The performance schedule includes ballet, folkloric dance, concerts, operas and plays. Rehearsal schedule permitting, the opulent interior can be viewed; photo displays on the second-floor mezzanine chronicle the theater's history and restoration.