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In 1774, the San Benedetto Theatre, which had been Venice's leading opera house for more than forty years, burned to the ground. No sooner had it been rebuilt than a legal dispute broke out between the company managing it and the owners, the Venier family. The issue was decided in favor of the Veniers. As a result, the theatre company decided to build a new opera house of its own on the Campo San Fantin. The construction began in June 1790, and by May 1792 the theatre was completed. It was named "La Fenice", in reference to the company's survival, first of the fire, then of the loss of its former quarters. La Fenice was inaugurated on May 16, 1792 with an opera by Giovanni Paisiello entitled I Giochi di Agrigento. From the beginning of the 19th century, La Fenice acquired a European reputation. Rossini mounted two major productions in the theatre and Bellini had two operas premiered there. Donizetti, fresh from his triumphs in Milan and Naples, returned to Venice in 1836, after an absence of seventeen years.

In December 1836, disaster struck again when the theatre was destroyed by fire. However, it was quickly rebuilt with a design provided by the architect-engineer team of the brothers, Tommaso Meduna and Giambattista Meduna [1] La Fenice once again rose from its ashes to open its doors on the evening of December 26, 1837. Giuseppe Verdi's association with La Fenice began in 1844, with a performance of Ernani during the Carnival season. Over the next thirteen years, the premieres of Attila, Rigoletto, La Traviata and Simon Boccanegra took place there. During the First World War, La Fenice was closed, but reopened to again become the scene of much activity, attracting many of the world's greatest singers and conductors. In 1930, the Venice Biennale initiated the First International Festival of Contemporary Music, which brought such composers as Stravinsky and Britten, and more recently Berio, Nono and Bussotti, to write for La Fenice. On 29 January 1996, it was completely destroyed by fire. Arson was immediately suspected. In March 2001, a court in Venice found two electricians guilty of setting the fire. Enrico Carella and his cousin, Massimiliano Marchetti, appeared to have set the building ablaze because their company was facing heavy fines over delays in repair work. Carella, the company's owner, was sent to prison for seven years, while Marchetti a six-year sentence.

After various delays, reconstruction began in earnest in 2001. In 650 days, a team of two hundred plasterers, artists, woodworkers, and other craftsman succeeded in recreating the ambience of the old theatre at a cost of some €90 million. La Fenice was rebuilt in 19th-century style on the basis of a design by architect Aldo Rossi. It reopened on 14 December 2003 with an inaugural concert of Beethoven, Wagner, and Stravinsky. The first opera production was La Traviata in November, 2004. Critical response to the rebuilt La Fenice was mixed. The music critic of the rightwing paper Il Tempo, Enrico Cavalotti, was satisfied. He found the colours a bit bright but the sound good and compact. For his colleague Dino Villatico of the leftwing La Repubblica, however, the acoustics of the new hall lacked resonance and the colours were painfully bright. He found it "kitsch, a fake imitation of the past". He said that "the city should have had the nerve to build a completely new theater; Venice betrayed its innovative past by ignoring it". However, for many Venetians, a painful wound in the historical, much-admired cityscape has been healed.

SEASON 2009

January 1st
(11:15 am)
concert - Teatro la Fenice
NEW YEARS EVE CONCERT (televised live on RAI UNO)
Georges Prętre
, director

January 23rd (7:00 pm,) 25th (3:30 pm,) 27th, 29th (7:00 pm,) 31st (3:30 pm)
opera - Teatro La Fenice
DIE TOTE STADT (La cittŕ morta) – di Erich Wolfgang Korngold

January 30th (8:00 pm)
concert - Teatro La Fenice
ELIAHU INBAL
Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice

February 1st (5:00 pm)
concert - Teatro La Fenice
ELIAHU INBAL
Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice

February 19th (7:00 pm,) 22nd (3:30 pm,) 24th, 25th, 27th (7:00 pm,) 28th (3:30 pm)
opera - Teatro La Fenice
ROMÉO ET JULIETTE di Charles Gounod
Direttore: Carlo Montanaro


February 21st
carnival ball & show - Teatro La Fenice
La cavalchina
AMORE E ILLUSIONE
Masked Grand Ball with performances ŕ l’ancienne

 

March 1st (3:30 pm)
opera - Teatro La Fenice
ROMÉO ET JULIETTE di Charles Gounod
Direttore: Carlo Montanaro


March 6th, 7th (8:00 pm,) 8th (5:00 pm)
concert - Teatro La Fenice
Gerd Albrecht
Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice
 

March 14th (8:00 pm,) 15th (5:00 pm)
concert - Teatro La Fenice
Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra & Coro del Teatro La Fenice

March 20th, 21st (8:00 pm,) 22nd (5:00 pm)
concert - Teatro La Fenice
Christian Arming
Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice

April 24th (5:00 pm,) 26th (3:00 pm,) 28th, 29th, 30th (7:00 pm)
opera - Teatro La Fenice
MARIA STUARDA, by Gaetano Donizetti
Direttore: Bruno Campanella


May 2nd, 3rd (3:30 pm)
opera - Teatro La Fenice
MARIA STUARDA, by Gaetano Donizetti
Direttore: Bruno Campanella


May 22nd (7:00 pm,) 23rd, 24th (3:30 [m,) 26th, 27th, 29th (7:00 pm,) 20th (5:00 pm,) 31st (7:00 pm)
opera - Teatro La Fenice
MADAME BUTTERFLY, by Giacomo Puccini
Direttore:
Eliahu Inbal
 

June 25th (6:00 pm,) 28th (3:30 pm)
opera - Teatro La Fenice
Götterdämmerung (Crepuscolo degli dei), Richard Wagner
Director: Jeffrey Tate

July 1st (6:00 pm,) 4th (3:30 pm,) 7th (6:00 pm)
opera - Teatro La Fenice
Götterdämmerung (Crepuscolo degli dei), Richard Wagner
Director: Jeffrey Tate

July 3rd, 5th (8:00 pm)
concert - Teatro La Fenice
Ottavio Dantone
Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice

July 11th (8:00 pm)
concert - Teatro La Fenice
Kurt Masur
Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice

September 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th (7:00 pm,) 12th, 13th (3:30 pm,) 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th (7:00 pm,) 19th (3:30 pm)
opera - Teatro La Fenice
LA TRAVIATA
Director: Myung-Whun Chung

September 29th (7:00 pm,) 30th (5:00 pm)
ballet - Teatro La Fenice
Tod in Venedig Johann Sebastian Bach e Richard Wagner
Hamburg Ballett
John Neumeier

October 1st, 2nd (7:00 pm,) 3rd (3:30 pm)
ballet - Teatro La Fenice
Tod in Venedig Johann Sebastian Bach e Richard Wagner
Hamburg Ballett
John Neumeier

October 27th, 29th (7:00 pm,) 31st (3:30 pm)
opera - Teatro La Fenice
Il killer di parole, by Claudio Ambrosini
Director: Tito Ceccherini

November 3rd (7:00 pm,) 5th (5:00 pm)
opera - Teatro La Fenice
Il killer di parole, by Claudio Ambrosini
Director: Tito Ceccherini

December 11th (7:00 pm,) 13th (3:30 pm,) 16th, 18th (7:00 pm,) 20th (3:30 pm)
opera - Teatro La Fenice
Šárka di Leoš Janácek & Cavalleria rusticana, by Pietro Mascagni
Director: Eliahu Inbal

December 30th (8:00 pm,) 31st (4:00 pm,) January 1st (11:15 am) concert - Teatro la Fenice
NEW YEARS EVE CONCERT
Georges Prętre, director

To receive additional information on La Fenice Theater or to book tickets for any of the events indicated above please contact our concierge: Valentina