Apart from the makeshift theaters and tents that were in the Villa for comedies and colloquial shows that were represented by comedians at parties, there wasn’t, until the late nineteenth century, a theater, as required by the already important city of San Miguel.

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It is in April of 1871 when the construction of the theater started under the initiative of the Principal Revenue Manager Don Juan Mañón, with the help of the Municipal Treasury, and a group of the main residents of the city.

Two years later in 1873, the construction was completed with adobe walls and roof shingles, waiting for its opening, without even having thought of a name for it. 

A magnificent coincidence solved both issues, as it was the time when the Mexican soprano Angela Peralta surprised Mexico with her wonderful voice, being in the state of Guanajuato around those days.

Teatro Angela Peralta

A magnificent coincidence solved both issues, as it was the time when the Mexican soprano Angela Peralta surprised Mexico with her wonderful voice, being in the state of Guanajuato around those days.

It was decided by neighbors who were delighted by the idea of Angela Peralta inaugurating the theater giving it her name in memory of the great event.

Peralta gratefully accepted and in late April went to San Miguel, she caused so much enthusiasm once she reached the city which upon reaching the step called the Cachinches, on the banks of the city, and she pulled the mules of the carriage to serve as a traction for the one that the famous Mexican Nightingale came in.

She made her debut on Sunday May 11th with Rigoletto upon the neighborhood and village of San Miguel, which filled not only the theater but also the street. 

Teatro Angela Peralta

She made her debut on Sunday May 11th with Rigoletto upon the neighborhood and village of San Miguel, which filled not only the theater but also the street. 

On the other days that she was there, Ruy Blas and the Troubadour sang, giving a final extraordinary function of opera, with Lucia Lammermor by general request.

Such an elegant and intelligent host for San Miguel de Allende these remarkable and heartfelt words of Peralta, that other publics would envy:

“Before leaving this cheerful and friendly city, where from its authorities to the humblest of its children have filled me with considerations; giving my last farewell to my new and dear friends, that try beyond what could be rationally expected to give me until the end to honor my memory inaugurating under my name its new and elegant theater, I want to leave proof of my special recognition, and for this I have organized a function, that in the capital of the Republic would be envious of, and that, against my habit, I dedicate each and every one of the children of San Miguel de Allende, as the kindest memory of my affection, as the purest expression of my deep gratitude. “

After the opening of the new theater Angela Peralta, all associations that went to Guanajuato, also acted in San Miguel, in addition to the permanent association of fans who was formed by Don Jose Manuel de Sauto in 1880.

Teatro Angela Peralta

After the opening of the new theater Angela Peralta, all associations that went to Guanajuato, also acted in San Miguel, in addition to the permanent association of fans who was formed by Don Jose Manuel de Sauto in 1880.

In 1886 the first repair was made to the theater, with the cooperation of the painter and decorator Don Nicolás González Caballero, a repair that was ordered by the association of fans, which was composed of the following neighbors: Ma. Dolores Cadena, Soledad Ibiescas, Josefina Nava, Don Rafael Ortiz and Ma. Guadalupe Caballero was the first soprano, Maria Garibay, Mari and Eugenia Velez and others. 

As tenors Don Alberto Sautto and Fermin Olivares and the famous tenor comedian Don José Luz Guerrero, baritone Don Francisco Bermudez and bass Don Rafael Ortiz and Don Rafael de la Poza and conducting the orchestra Don Luis de la Canal. 

The political boss Don Vicente Gutiérrez conditioned the tin roof, under which the famous Esperanza Iris achieved great victories, and finally, in 1915, being political boss Don Antonio Abarca constructed the present facade, beautiful work full of harmony, simplicity and good taste, classic style, drawing the clear talent and great artistic disposition of humble master bricklayer Don Antonio de la Sierra.

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When we arrived at the theater Angela Peralta, some technicians were installing parts of sound equipment and a group of extraordinary musicians, ” Jazz a lo Cubano ” directed by maestro Gabriel Hernandez were rehearsing for the gala that they would do dat night along with other prominent artists.

Situation that we took advantage of and proposed them to continue working to have images that show the how the public achieves with great effort and dedication the high quality of its music and how intense the activity is in everyday life of the theater, where you have to make many modifications according to each event that is to be carried out.

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English language translation made by Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa through the collaboration of Centro de Estudio de Idiomas 

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