One of Puerto Rico’s most important centers for creative expression and cultural development since 1981, the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré is located in the art-centric district of San Juan known as Santurce.
The center’s modern building features four main concert and theater halls. The Antonio Paoli hall, named after Puerto Rico’s legendary “King of Tenors and Tenor of Kings”, can seat almost two-thousand audience members in its two levels – a world-class stage for opera, symphonies, ballet, and popular music.
Inaugurated in 2009, the Sala Sinfónica Pablo Casals is a 1,300 seat Symphony Hall with brilliant and warm acoustics, which serves as new home to the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and to the annual Festival Casals. The René Marqués Theater Hall, designed for plays and musical performances, and the more intimate Carlos Marichal hall are considered two of the island’s premier stages as well.
Also worth noting inside the center are Rafael Tufiño’s masterful mural “La Plena” and a stained glass exposition by Luis Hernández Cruz titled “Form and Tropical Crystals.” The Juan Morell Campos Plaza, welcomes visitors into the building with its “Musas” or “The Muses” – a collection of bronze female sculptures by Annex Burgos that represent the arts in the Caribbean. The same theme stretches to the building’s facade through a large mural designed by Augusto Marín.
Bellas Artes not only offers a steady stream of performances by local artists and musicians, but also opens our island up to a world of cultural exchange with other countries by hosting top international talent.