What a beauty of music, entertainment, and theatre! For you who love music and teather, Venice is the city you absolutely must visit.
Here is a small excursus through the theatres of the Serenissima, its sestieri, and canals to introduce you to all the city's famous stages. Make yourself comfortable and discover Venice with us
La Fenice Theatre
The famous La Fenice theatre in Venice is one of the most important opera houses in Italy and also one of the most authoritative in the world. Its history merges with that of 7 other theatres that existed in the city at the end of the 18th century. One of these was the San Benedetto, which was destroyed by fire in 1773. A few years later the same owners decided to build a new, even more, luxurious theatre and in 1789 the architect Antonio Selva won the competition for its construction, which took place in 1792.
The theatre was named La Fenice, after the legendary animal that is reborn from its ashes, and the name was never more apt. The great opera house was struck by two major fires in the course of its history and has thus risen twice from its ashes. The first time was in 1836 and the second on 29 January 1996, to the great dismay of Italian and international public opinion. The theatre was reopened after a careful restoration in 2003 with a week of musical and opera events on various authors. Today it is impossible not to think of this theatre when talking about Venice, they have practically the same soul.
During a visit to Venice you can't miss the Goldoni Theatre, the oldest theatre in the city that still exists today, built back in 1622 by the Vendramin family. A place with a long history and many secrets to know.
On the evening of 12 March 1945, there was an important episode linked to the "Venetian resistance". During a performance of Pirandello's Vestire gli ignudi, a group of partisans burst onto the stage and, holding the fascists present at gunpoint, pronounced an appeal for freedom, then threw a packet of leaflets into the auditorium, deceiving those present as to the number of anti-fascists present, before leaving undisturbed. It was a decisive episode of the resistance. After the war, however, the theatre was closed for a long restoration period before reopening in 1979 when Carlo Goldoni's La locandiera, a classic of Venetian literature, was staged.
A visit to the theatre is recommended, it is located in the center of the city, not far from the Rialto Bridge, and is a classic Italian theatre, with a horseshoe structure. The resulting environment can accommodate about 800 people and is now used for prose, concerts, or ballets of the classical repertoire.
Also quite old, founded at the beginning of the 20th century and reopened in December 2003 after a long restoration. The Toniolo Theatre has been reopened to the Venetian population, becoming once again one of the reference points in the city for prose shows, popular music concerts, comic theatre, and much more.
The Toniolo is located in the center of Mestre, near Piazza Ferretto, walking for 100 meters on Via Cesare Battisti in front of the Church of San Lorenzo.
The Malibran Theatre has seventeenth-century origins and a long history of rebirth and decadence. The Municipality of Venice bought it in 1922, putting all its activities back on their feet. Indeed, after the famous arson attack on the Teatro La Fenice, the stage orchestra was temporarily transferred to the Malibran, where several shows were staged that revalued the ancient Venetian theatre.
Today the Malibran is a very elegant stage, with accurate decorations inside, more than thirty boxes, and vast and valuable stalls. A visit is advised.
An amusing theatre that is very well known in the city today is undoubtedly the "Corso" in Mestre, which is now very much linked to the area. The shows that can be seen inside are mainly generalist prose shows, concerts, and others. It was founded in 1949 by Alfredo Furlan who, together with his heirs, has linked his family name to theatre and cinema. The show is guaranteed!