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In Venice, a classical music concert is held practically every evening; at the Teatro la Fenice, the “official” venue, but also in scuole such as the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro or in palace sucha as Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto .
TEATRO LA FENICE
This opera theatre, the cradle of great operas (notably those of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi) and the place where Callas achieved her first absolute triumph, owes its name to its having emerged like a phoenix from the ashes of the Teatro San Benedetto, destroyed by a fire in 1773.
It opened in 1792 with the performance of I Giuochi d'Agrigento by Paisiello. In 1836, a serious fire destroyed the auditorium and part of the roof. The theatre was rebuilt and remodelled several times to make it one of the most beautiful in Italy with its superb interior décor and its dominant blue colour.
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.
Its artistic director is now M° Fortunato Ortombina.
The Theatre now offers every year a great season of concerts, opéras and dance from october to July.
Formerly Teatro di San Giovanni, it acquired the name of the famous singer after she donated her fee to the director at the end of a performance of La Sonnambula, for the refurbishment of the concert hall. First opened in 1678, it was Venice’s most important theatre before the opening of La Fenice. It now hosts some performances of Teatro la Fenice’s season.
ORCHESTRA E CORO DEL TEATRO LA FENICE
The most famous singers have, from time immemorial, performed at La Fenice. But the mediocrity of its orchestra and choir in the 19th century was a secret to no one, impelling Rossini and Verdi to adopt a special style when they had to compose for this stage. Its management as an Ente Autonomo in 1936 led to the renaissance of the orchestra. The work of successive conductors such as Mario Labroca, Eliahu Inbal and Marcello Viotti has enabled the Theatre to present a first-rate symphonic season.