The Municipal Theatre is the architectural jewel of Rio de Janeiro. The opera house has visually dominated Cinelândia Square since its opening performance in 1909. Perched high over the façade inspired by the famous Paris Opera House (Palais Garnier) is a 770 pound gilded eagle. Brazil’s best artists and sculptors decorated the interior. It is a joy to watch performances by the in-house symphony orchestra, choir and ballet companies plus frequent guest artists.