“Detourism: La newsletter di Venezia”, the official Town of Venice Tourism Office Newsletter, takes us behind the scenes at La Fenice Theatre! Enjoy your reading!
Venice’s opera house, La Fenice Theatre, built in 1792, is a landmark of Venice. And not just for opera.
La Fenice Theatre is the musical soul of Venice.
It is definitely a must for opera fans from all over the world, since it is where several operas of the four major bel canto era composers— Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi—had their premieres. Great singers are linked to the history of the most prestigious Venice’s opera house, among all the name of Maria Callas stands out.
La Fenice Theatre is an unmissable marvel, not only for its history but also for its architecture and its interiors, including gold, stuccos and frescoes. It was originally opened in 1792, destroyed by flames and rebuilt twice in 200 years.
The Gran Teatro La Fenice is the work of the Venetian architect Gian Antonio Selva. On the neoclassical façade, which dominates Campo San Fantin, the allegories of Dance and Music are carved; the frieze in the center depicts the Phoenix. When the project was carried out, between 1790 and 1792, for the first time the problem of designing the façade of a theatre was posed in Venice: up to that moment the theatres had been created inside palaces.
On May 16, 1792, on the occasion of La Festa della Sensa, La Fenice Theatre was officially inaugurated with the magnificent opera I giuochi d’Agrigento by Giovanni Paisiello.
La Fenice’s 2022-2023 opera season opened on Friday 18 November with Giuseppe Verdi’s latest masterpiece, Falstaff. As per tradition, on Sunday 1 January 2023, the theatre hosted the New Year’s Concert, broadcast live on television and radio. Each year the concert ends with the festive toast of Libiam ne’ lieti calici from Verdi’s La traviata.
The Teatro La Fenice can be visited with guided tours. Every day, between 9:30 am and 6 pm, you can discover the background and the secrets of its stunning venues and the illustrious names who have graced the stage here. There is also a multilingual audio guide service and a sign language video guide for deaf people. The permanent exhibition focused on Maria Callas is also included in the visit.
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Special thanks to the Councillor for Tourism for having enthusiastically welcomed this new important collaboration between TGS Eurogroup and the Tourism Office of the Town of Venice and for giving us the precious opportunity to publish on the pages of this blog some extracts from this newsletter, both in Italian and in English.
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