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Teatro Comunale, Bologna: 2 reviews and 2 photos
Bologna is city of culture, arts and music and has alot of theatres all over the city area. There had been even more theatres and opera-houses in the city, since early 17th century, but some of them fallen into disuse or burnt down. For instance, Teatro Malvezzi, built in 1651 and burned down in 1745, and that event prompted the construction of a new public theatre. In fact, Nuovo Teatro Pubblico was the first name of Teatro Comunale and it was the first major opera-house in Italy constructed with public founds and owned by the municipality.
The theatre was designed by Antonio Bibiena and opened in 1763, inaugurated with a performance "Il trionfo di Clelia" of Gluck, an opera which the composer had written for the occasion. It is considered as the second ancient theatre throughout Italy, the most ancient is Teatro San Carlo in Napoli. Initially, the theatre was a palace called Palazzo dei Bentivogli, but was destroyed during civil war in 1507. The adjacent street to the theatre was named Via del Guasto (the street in which the damage had occured) to commemorate the civil war.
It has very huge proportions and can hold 1.200 spectators. Teatro Comunale is one of the most important venues in Italy, presenting eight operas with six performances during its November to April season.
Address: Piazza Verdi
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