An open-air singing show

On the occasion of the 1600th anniversary celebration of the foundation of the city of Venice, the choir and orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice will perform in Piazza San Marco on Tuesday 8 September from 8.30 pm. The Teatro La Fenice, inaugurated on May 16, 1792 and home to numerous world premieres of musical works, will play the notes of a birthday with 1600 candles in the open air. 

The return of music to the square

The program includes the performance of illustrious singing personalities, such as Claudia Pavone (soprano), Piero Pretti (tenor) and Claudio Marino Moretti (choir master), accompanied by the directors Daniele Callegari and Riccardo Frizza, together with the orchestra and the choir of the Teatro La Fenice. The superb symphonies of Giuseppe Verdi will echo in the air, such as «Sempre libera degg’io», «Libiam ne’ lieti calici», «Noi siamo zingarelle», «Di Madride noi siam mattadori» from Traviata, but also «Chi del gitano i giorni abbella?» from Trovatore and «Si ridesti il leon di Castiglia» from Ernani. It will continue with Gioacchino Rossini and the symphonies «L’italiana in Algeri», «La gazza ladra» end the Turandot «Nessun dorma» by Giacomo Puccini, which in their fascinating representation will accompany the spectators throughout the evening.

Safety regulations for the event

As stated by the superintendent and artistic director of the Fenice Fortunato Ortombina, the entire theater was looking for the right opportunity to be able to return to play in the square, absent in the same since 1996. Despite the difficult historical moment, a great event like the 1600 years of the foundation of the Serenissima must be celebrated in the best possible way and, for this reason, there will be rules to follow to ensure maximum safety for everyone. Access to the event will be subject to rationing and limitations in dissemination: it will be the Local Police and the other Police Bodies to regulate pedestrian traffic to ensure the event takes place. The latter will ensure that there is compliance with the provisions dealing with the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19. The Police Bodies will have the right to hijack pedestrian traffic and organize it through the establishment of one-way streets and prohibitions, inserting barriers if necessary and regulating access to Piazza San Marco from 19:30 until the end of the event. The mask, of course, is mandatory.