The rebirth of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice


Always multifaceted city, Venice is a real labyrinth of canals enclosed in endless walls of buildings that seem born of water, certainly the most charming and romantic among the mazes of Italy. In this great and lovely tangle of channels you can discover hidden treasures in every corner, and it is in this also the great magic of the most famous floating city in the world. A few hundred meters from the impressive St. Mark's Square, for example, there is one of the most precious pearls of the Serenissima, the largest opera house in Venice and among the most important of the Belpaese, the famous Teatro La Fenice. 

Built and designed by G.A. Selva, it was opened May 16, 1792, though at the time it was just one of the many private theaters that offered dramatic or musical shows to public. The birth of his legend is related to much more dramatic events: for the irony of the fact, Theatre was destined to rise again from its own ashes twice in the space of 200 years. A first fire destroyed it completely in 1876, but it was later rebuilt perfectly identical to the original. During the nineteenth century, then it became one of the most important opera houses of Italy, and was home to several world premieres of works by great composers of our own such as Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi.

With a capacity of a thousand seats, excellent acoustic, an orchestra and stable choir of 98 and 66 elements, La Fenice is ​​both an paramount theater, with more than a hundred opera performances a year, a symphony season headed by directors of world caliber, ballet and chamber music concerts.

However, like his immortal name suggests, La Fenice had to be born again, in fact January 29, 1996 a devastating arson attack destroyed the theater, temporarily closed for maintenance work. The whole world mourned the loss of one of the most beautiful and refined existing theaters, the extraordinary acoustics and play golf in the operatic life, music and Italian and European culture.

From the pain of loss was born the desire to reconstruct the historic theater, a project that was completed in eight years, ended December 14, 2003 with the inauguration of the new and current structure, with a concert by the great orchestra director Carlo Muti. A true immortal treasure, a classic example of Italian-style theater with its golden antlers and its baroque elegance, a marvelous work of Made in Italy, symbol of rebirth such as the mythological bird from which it takes its name.