Frutillar’s choral tradition, already centuries old, was further strengthened by the creation of the Music Weeks in 1968. Supported by the Chilean-German League of Santiago and under the direction of Robert Dick, Arturo Junge, Alfredo Daetz, and Flora Inostroza, this event grew in importance over time and eventually became one of the driving forces for the construction of a world-class theatre in Frutillar.
Inspired by this need, Flora Inostroza -in charge of the Frutillar Music Weeks since 1979-and the businessman Guillermo Schiess teamed up with the Municipality of Frutillar in promoting the construction of the theatre on the spot where a hotel stood until it was destroyed by fire in 1996.
Since its inauguration in 2010, the Theatre has stood out for the quality of its presentations and productions as well as its deep commitment to education and the community.
The Teatro del Lago School of the Arts opened its doors on January 3, 2007, as the educational branch of Teatro del Lago. It began by offering workshops, presenting year-round music, drama, dance, literature, and visual arts in their different expressions as well as high-quality master classes.
The goal for Teatro del Lago was to create a space with high-quality programming to provide the community with access to artistic experiences as wekk as a social contribution to the community. This project quickly grew and developed thanks to intense and heartfelt interest of the community to participate in this place.
What has always set Teatro del Lago apart from other theatres and cultural centres in Chile and the world has been the explicit educational mission and the conviction that education and access to beauty and the arts can contribute to the quality of life and to a happier and more integrated society. In 2017, this conviction led to the institutionalization of the growth and impact of the theatre’s educational area and the formation of the Teatro del Lago Foundation. Over the past years, Teatro del Lago has established itself as an institution promoting culture and artistic education, whose activities and impact encourage decentralization.
– Cornerstone laid for the construction of Teatro del Lago.
– Music Camp: Teatro del Lago’s first educational activity.
– Inauguration of the Teatro del Lago School of the Arts.
– Inauguration of Teatro del Lago, awarded the status of Obra Bicentenario.
– First presentations by students and teachers of the Teatro del Lago School of the Arts.
– Creation of the Teatro del Lago International Academy Orchestra and Choir.
– The Fundación Para el Desarrollo Sustentable de Frutillar (PLADES: Foundation for the Sustainable Development of Frutillar) begins operations.
– The Teatro del Lago School of Dance becomes the first in southern Chile to prepare students for the international certification of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) of London.
– The You Can Dance educational programme begins in alliance with the Gabriel and Mary Mustakis Foundation.
– Creation of the Teatro del Lago Resident Ensemble.
– Creation of the You Can Sing educational programme in alliance with the Ibáñez Atkinson Foundation.
– Lyrical Campus Master Course and Master Choral Camp launched.
– First stage experience for the School of the Arts dance students in conjunction with the Teatro del Lago Camerata and Choirs in Lucia, Orpheus, and the Magic Book.
– Third Pacific Alliance Business Summit held at Teatro del Lago.
– UNESCO declares Frutillar a Creative City of Music.
– Teatro del Lago becomes the Teatro del Lago Foundation.
– 50th Anniversary of Frutillar Musical Weeks.
Creation of Musical Initiation Choir for children from 4 to 6 years of age, initiating the implementation of the choral school model at the Teatro del Lago.
– Launch of digital platform for the Teatro del Lago streaming and online classes at the Teatro del Lago School of the Arts.
Creation of the Integrated Territorial Program (PTI).
– The Teatro del Lago Sessions and Zona Maestra are launched in digital format.