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Teatro La Fenice

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Teatro La Fenice is an opera-theatre house located in the heart of Venice. It was here that some of the most celebrated operas were premiered during the 19th century, including those by composers such as Verdi, Bellini and Rossini. It is one of the most famous theatre in Italy.


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A burning history

Teatro La Fenice was constructed from 1790 to 1792 to replace the Teatro San Benedetto that had burned to the ground, with the name “La Fenice” (not 'La Venice'), referring to the opera company’s survival. It was inaugurated with an opera by Giovanni Paisiello entitled “I Giochi d’Agrigento”, with the libretto crafted by Alessandro Pepoli.

The interior of the first La Fenice Theatre in 1829.
The interior of the first La Fenice Theatre in 1829. [CC] credit.

In December 1836, the theatre was again destroyed by fire and rebuilt on a design by the Meduna brothers. It was at Teatro La Fenice that Giuseppe Verdi’s works “Ernani”, “Rigoletto,” and “La Traviata” were premiered. During the same period, composers such as Stravinsky and Britten wrote pieces to be performed here for the First International Festival of Contemporary Music.

In 1996, Teatro La Fenice was almost destroyed by fire (attributed to arson), and the theatre was rebuilt again in 2001. The motto of the Italian architect Aldo Rossi was “how it was, where it was”, with La Fenice’s 19th-century ambiance recreated. He used still photographs from a 1954 film titled “Senso” in his design, with extra seating and rehearsal areas added.

A must-see attraction

Today, the famous theatre is one of the top tourist attractions in Venice. Visitors are also invited to experience Teatro La Fenice's historic grandeur during operatic performances, enhanced by state-of-the-art audio and stage equipment.

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  • Local name

    Teatro La Fenice
  • Construction period

    18th century
  • Designed by

    Gianantonio Selva (18th century), Tommaso and Giovanni Battista Meduna (19th century), Aldo Rossi (21st century with 19th century architectural style)
  • Capacity

    1126 people
  • Capacity

    1126 people

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