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online > Operas at Home with La Fenice in Venice

At the end of the eighteenth century, Venice was indeed one of the centers of the operatic scene in Europe, thanks to its long-standing historical and artistic tradition. At the time, Venice had no less than seven opera houses: the San Salvador (later called Apollo, then San Luca and today Goldoni), the San Cassiano, the Sant’Angelo and the San Moisè. There were also three other theatres that belonged to the Grimani family – the San Giovanni Grisostomo (today the Malibran), the San Samuele and the San Benedetto (today called Rossini). The latter, once the most elegant and popular theater, was destroyed by a fire in 1771. As soon as it was rebuilt, it became the object of a legal dispute between the company that owned the new theatre and the Venier family, who owned part of the land. 

The Venier family won the case and the company was forced to sell the theatre, but they eventually decided to build another one, much bigger and more beautiful. La Fenice was the name of this new opera house, symbolizing the splendid revival of the company from their misfortunes. Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Britten, Nono, Maderna and in recently times Kagel, Guarnieri, Mosca, Ambrosini and Perocco have composed numerous works that have been performed here for the first time.

Today, La Fenice in Venice had to close again due to the current pandemic. However, the theatre is now bringing their wonderful productions to our homes, by uploading new operas and concerts on their YouTube channel on a regular basis. So far, their playlist features full broadcasts of Rossini’s Semiramide, Verdi’s Don Carlo and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

For more information and to watch available operas, click here.


PREVIEW (via YouTube)



Date: From Wednesday, April 01, 2020 to Sunday, May 31, 2020

Entrance : Free - Registration may be required