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Teatro la Fenice

Gran Teatro La Fenice

Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice

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This 200 year old theater is today the main lyrical theater in Venice.

Teatro la Fenice was built between 1790 and 1792. It took its name from the theatre's ability to survive against the odds. The theater was opened in May 1792 with an opera by Giovanni Paisiello. During the XIX century la Fenice became famous all around Europe.

In 1836 the theater was destroyed by a fire, but it was quickly rebuilt by Tommaso and Gianbattista Meduna. In that period Giuseppe Verdi, one of the greatest Italian composers, performed more than once at La Fenice. He presented Attila, La Traviata and Simon Boccanegra at the theatre.

During World War I, the theater was closed; it reopened some years later, again becoming a reference point for the greatest singers and composers. In January 1996, la Fenice was destroyed again by a fire.

Two electricians, Enrico Carella and Massimiliano Marchetti, were accused of causing the fire. The rebuilding began in 2001 according to a design by Aldo Rossi. The structure had to be the same as the old theater. At the end of 2003 la Fenice reopened with a concert by Riccardo Muti.

Address: S. Marco, 1965
Phone: (0039) 041 5222609


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