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Your tickets for the 2018 season of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice


Not to be missed in February : In February, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the party continues with Die lustige Witwe, (The Merry Widow) of Lehár, a delightful story of a couple in search for eachother, embodied by Nadja Mchantaf and Christoph Pohl. The excellent conductor Stefano Montanari also conducts the reprise of an absolute masterpiece, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) by Rossini in the perfect staging of Bepi Morassi. As always, talented performers will be on stage.



There are a few must-see places of tourism and opera. The Teatro La Fenice in Venice is not only one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, but is also located in the heart of Venice's lagoon city which needs no further introduction. It would be enough for the big institution to simply present a master-program, but fortunately this is not the case.


Even though the Italian repertoire is the most widely represented (who would complain?), the 2017-2018 season of the Fenice can delight both the less experienced spectators and the most demanding music lovers. The new production of Die Lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) signed by renowned director Damiano Micheletto is eagerly awaited. Just like the first Italian performances of Richard III of the composer Giorgio Battistelli whose echoes are more than favorable, in the setting of Robert Carsen. And yet, the name of La Fenice is attached forever to Verdi. The Traviata again, La Traviata always, La Traviata more than ever! The opera created in this very theater is obviously the work to be seen, especially in the staging of the Canadian artist Robert Carsen. Visitors rightly wish to attend a performance of La Traviata, the undisputed masterpiece of the Opera in La Fenice.


Several series of performances during this season 2017-2018 will delight the spectators of the entire world. Another director has several shows this year. Bepi Morassi owes the success of Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini and L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti. He is again invited to stage a rarity, The Metamorfosi di Pasquale by Spontini (at the Teatro Malibran). Another great show is Madama Butterfly where the scrutinised vision of Alex Rigola gives shivers as Bellini's Norma also on display during this 2017-2018 season of the Teatro La Fenice.


There are, however, three new productions that receive particular attention. A ballo in maschera is a great masterpiece by Verdi, though less immediately famous than Il Trovatore or Aida, while it is full of splendid arias where the great lyricists are distinguished. In the same category of opera for great voices, Semiramide is a pure masterpiece and without a doubt, the most beautiful opera of Rossini which still counts some successes! The great conductor Myung-Whun Chung conducts the new production of the most sublime of Puccini's operas, La Bohème. A theater of the scale of La Fenice must offer a production of this absolute masterpiece. You really should book your tickets now!


But at La Fenice, there are also dance performances and concerts all worthy of interest. The famous Belgian company of the Royal Ballet Flanders comes to Venice with shows designed by the brilliant Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jeroen Verbruggen, not to be missed! An evening entirely dedicated to the great figure of Mikhail Baryshnikov and an international gala of dance gathering the great stars are also much awaited. On the concert side, just list the big names of Yuri Temirkanov, Myung-Whun Chung, Diego Fasolis, or Thomas Adès to be fully convinced that tickets are to be reserved as soon as possible to attend a show at the Teatro La Fenice Venice, this season 2017-2018.


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A bar is available in the Theater offering few things to eat during the interval.

You may also visit the theater during the day, audioguides are available in english. During day time, the bar aslo serves complete lunch in the beautiful Salle Apolinee.


In the history of opéra, the city of Venice occupies an eminent position. In 1637, here in the doges city, the first public opéra theater was opened to paying members of the public. This was a turning point, breaking with the tradition of court performances, and the opéra house in Venice soon attracted a new audience, presenting works that blatantly alternated scènes ofhigh comedy and high tragedy, butfocusing more importantly on the "prima donna" and soon the "primo uomo". Le. the castrato. A number of theaters subsequently appeared in Venice and in the seventeenth century, the works ofHândel and Alessandro Scarlatti were public triumphs.


In 1787, "La Nobile Società", the owner of a theater that had recently been expropriated, decided to build a new hall designed to please both the eye and the ear. The élégant building, with two main entrances, one on the canal and the other on a piazza, underwent various changes over the years, particularly after the fire in 1836, but, like the Phoenix whose name it bears, it rose from the ashes.

On the night of 29 January 1996, for the second time in its history, fire devastated the theatre. The interior was completely destroyed and only the foundations survived. The theatre is totally reconstructed “the way it was, where it was” and re-open for a week of inauguration on 14 December 2003. The Return of the great La Fenice theatre is officaly in November 2004 with La Traviata, the opera by Verdi which premiered in this exact theatre.


Agreement is universal as to the future of the historié theater which is not only acclaimed as one of the most handsome in Italy, but also holds a long and brilliant record for premiering new works. From Rossini with TANCREDI in 1813 to Luigi Nono with INTOLLERANZA in 1960, ail the great Italian composers have seen their finest works presented here. Verdi premiered five of his opéras to Venetian audiences at La Fenice — ERNANI, ATTILA, RIGOLETTO, LA TRAVIATA and SIMON BOCCANEGRA, and ever since the Italian premières of RIENZI and the RING CYCLE by Wagner, La Fenice hasfeatured many international premières, including three major 20th century opéras: Stravinsky's RAKE'S PROGRESS (1951), Britten's TURN OF THE SCREW (1954) and Prokoflev's THE FIERY AN GEL (1955).