Teatro del Lago is an artistic and educational center with a mission that seeks to develop and cultivate the personal growth of people through the arts. Its philosophy is rooted in the importance of artistic and cultural activities, as they enrich and improve the quality of life of an entire community. Education and creativity linked to music and art are essential in fostering self-esteem, stimulating concentration, developing the imagination, decreasing aggressiveness and being in tune with our surroundings.
The same educational opportunities as in developed nations for the children and young people of Latin America.
Teatro del Lago’s stage convokes the greatest artists in music and dance from around the world: Bamberg Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, Helmuth Rilling, Valery Gergeiv & the St. Petersburg Symphony, Maxim Vengerov, Javier Camarena, Marianela Nuñez, among others…
Teatro del Lago’s mission is to encourage the development and growth of people through the arts and humanizing society by providing emotional experiences of the highest artistic and educational quality
To be an artistic and educational development center for Latin America and the World, motivating creativity, social integration and the development of skills related to educational processes of excellence in an exceptional environment and facility.
* Educational Annual Report 2015, download here
Transforming lives during this 5-year period (2010-2015 )
“Teatro del Lago has become a center for educational activities at the service of the community, thanks to its international performances and its strong educational project. Academic research shows the importance of artistic and musical education in the development of socio-emotional and cognitive skills, and Teatro del Lago, through its programs such as ¡Puedes Bailar! and Educational Seats, fosters inclusion, cooperation, respect and teamwork. …
”Koldo Echebarría (Representative in Chile Inter-American Development Bank )
87.147 CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE PARTICIPATED IN OUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS FREE PROGRAM.
111.124 PEOPLE HAVE BENEFITTED FROM OUR PROGRAMSAND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
644 MUSICIANS AND PROFESSORS HAVE BEEN TRAINED AND BENEFITTED FROM OUR CONTINUING EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
1.283 STUDENTS OF TEATRO DEL LAGO SCHOOL OF THE ARTS HAVE RECEIVED SCHOLARSHIPS
3.850 CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & ADULTS HAVE ATTENDED COURSES, WORKSHOPS AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AT ESCUELA DE LAS ARTES TEATRO DEL LAGO.
49.888 STUDENTS AND TEACHERS HAVE ATTENDED FREE PERFORMANCES AT TEATRO DEL LAGO THROUGH THE EDUCATIONAL SEATS PROGRAM.
Every year, Teatro del Lago benefits more than 20,000 children with scholarships and different educational programs. Each scholarship is valued at an annual CLP$300,000.
Ticket sales cover less than half of the activities of each artistic season at Teatro del Lago, which is why your contribution makes a truly significant difference.
Your support will let you become a member of the Círculo Mundial de Amigos (CMA, International Friends Circle), a group of people who generously and responsibly make contributions to support the mission of Teatro del Lago. The CMA is our priority as it allows us to continue and extend our work.
A CMA MEMBER HAS:
• Priority access to information on activities
• Priority in purchasing tickets
• Access to exclusive meetings with artists
• Access to rehearsals as programmed
• Access to CMA salon
• Visit to the Escuela de las Artes and Teatro del Lago
Teatro del Lago and its activities are protected under the Law of Cultural Donations through which the Government of Chile seeks to encourage donations for cultural purposes by waiving its right to collect taxes from the donor equivalent to 50% of the donation. If you wish to apply for this tax benefit, please inform us in the “Comments” box on the online inscription form.
The original project to build Teatro del Lago was designed by the architects Gerardo Köster and Gustavo Greene, who supervised its structural work for 10 years. In 2008, the company Amercanda, led by architect Bernd Haller, took over the project in its construction phase, with the challenge of creating its external and internal design and terminations inspired in the traditional German architecture that predominates in the region. The building façade is covered in wood on bakelite, in an aesthetic way and in the typical colors of the area. The roof is made of copper, representing Chile’s mining industry. The architectural concept of the building is energy efficient, in harmony with the environment, and includes thermal and acoustic insulation in both its façade and windows.
Representing a US$44 million investment, Teatro del Lago was inaugurated, after 12 years of ongoing construction, on November 6, 2010. Its Main Hall, Espacio Tronador-Sala Nestlé, has an approximate seating capacity for 1,200 people. The auditorium comprises three levels and has some 800 acoustic panels, each one specific in their shape and design. The seats, as well as the material used in their manufacture, were all made in Chile in line with the requirements defined by German acoustic specialist Karlheinz Mueller. The stage is equipped with important technical characteristics that can present any kind of show with excellent acoustics of worldwide standards.
With 10,000 square meters (107,639 sq ft) of building space, Teatro del Lago also has other halls such as the Lago Llanquihue Amphitheater, a Ballet Hall and several multipurpose halls that can house seminars, conferences, weddings, lectures, and other activities. Every hall has a unique view of the magnificent landscape surrounding the building and visitors can also enjoy the terrace, boardwalk, the cozy CapPuccini Café, the Trattoria and T-Arte gift shop.
The town of Frutillar has a long history of cultural tradition. German settlers arrived to the Lake District in 1856, bringing with them their cultural baggage, expressed through multiple artistic activities that laid the foundation of a cultural development that has enhanced and enriched the lives of an entire community through one common theme: music.
Along this line, it is worthwhile mentioning the tireless work of Jakob Junginger, who taught choral singing to several generations over a period of 40 years. He founded the choral group “Liederkranz”, a task he set out to accomplish without leaving aside the Bible’s values and his important work in homeopathic medicine to fight children’s diseases. Later on, Robert Dick, the charismatic organist and director of the Instituto Alemán School, proposed to Arturo Junge to carry out his Choral Meetings in the beautiful bay of Frutillar, attracting professional and amateur musicians from around Chile and the world.
Another person who made a difference in his support of this initiative was Alfredo Daetz. Fully committed to this new project, he was one of the first neighbors of Frutillar to open up his home to artists who were performing in town. One of these musicians was Flora Inostroza, a pianist and violoncellist, who by 1979 began to manage the “Musical Weeks” Cultural Corporation in Frutillar. Along with entrepreneur Guillermo Schiess, and inspired by the gaining popularity of this summer festival, they agreed in conjunction with the
Municipality of Frutillar, to designate the location of the Hotel Frutillar, destroyed by fire in 1996, as the new venue to construct a theater.
Hence, thanks to the forward thinking of the town’s officials, the driving force of Flora Inostroza, the fundamental support of Guillermo Schiess and his family, along with the support of countless donors and friends, the first stone of the construction of Teatro del Lago was laid on January 27, 1998.
Five years later, Nicola Schiess began to work on what would become a crucial and defining stage, by programming and organizing several artistic and educational activities, which became part of Teatro del Lago’s signature trademark.
A few years later, her husband Uli Bader joined this great family dream with enthusiasm, giving an important boost to this initiative and projecting new challenges, resulting in the total inauguration of the theater, in the context of Chile’s bicentennial celebration, on November 6, 2010.