He turns out the lights in the world’s remotest opera house

He turns out the lights in the world’s remotest opera house


norman lebrecht

December 29, 2013

Raimundo Pereira do Nascimento is the electrician of the Manaus Opera House, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. In a fascinating news film, he tells the BBC about his building and his work. Watch here.



  • For those who don’t know, “electrician” has a specific meaning in theatre. They’re not the tradesmen you might call in to mend a fuse; they’re the stagehands who deal with stage lighting (although, this gentleman apparently does much more than that).

  • Tom Foley says:

    This is a very nice story. A pleasure to see and hear.

    Thanks for posting it.

  • Barbara says:

    Lovely story. Thanks

  • There’s no opera house in Perth?

    • MWnyc says:

      Exactly what I was thinking. And yes, Perth does have an opera company (the West Australian Opera), though I’m not sure if His Majesty’s Theatre counts as an opera house as opposed to a mixed-use theatre.

  • You said it right Jeffrey. Dangers can cause if you are choosing an electrician who doesn’t even have a proper license. They may not have the license to offer the services legally.

  • Chicago now ranks 97th in the world for opera performances per year, Dallas 257th, and Atlanta 355th. Apparently these are cities deep inside the American rain forest…