Teatro Alighieri - Ravenna Festival

Early nineteenth century: after more than one hundred years of life the Communicative Theatre, made entirely out of wood, was collapsing and the Public Administration decided to build a new facility. The first step was to identify an adequate area: Piazzetta Degli Svizzeri, a squalid square surrounded by slums but placed at the very heart of the city, was the chosen place. In 1838, the project was entrusted to two architects from Veneto, the brothers Tomaso and Giovan Batista Maduna. The former had ministered to the restauration of La Fenice, the most famous theatre in Venice, which had been partially destroyed by a fire. Tomaso Meduna also signed the project of the first railway bridge connecting Venice to the mainland. Under the lead of the two architects, the building which resulted was a neoclassical structure very similar to the Venetian theatre. The apostolic delegate Monsignor Stefano Rossi suggested to dedicate the theatre to Dante Alighieri. The official opening ceremony took place on May 15th 1852 with “Roberto il diavolo” by Giacomo Meyerbeer and the ballets “La Zingara” and “La finta sonnambula” with the étoile Augusta Maywood.

Across almost two centuries of life orchestra pit, stage, and parterre have hosted personalities from all around the world, which makes it impossible to list them all here. However, two curiosities can be mentioned: Benedetto Croce and his partner, Angelina Zampanelli, attended a recital by Ermete Zacconi in 1899. Few years later, on May 27th 1902, Gabriele D’Annunzio and Eleonora Duse came to see “Tristano e Isotta”. On that night all the box office revenues were donated to the Civil Hospital and the Vate offered 100 lire, while a seat in parterre costed 4 lire.

In 1959, the Theatre was closed for restoring. It opened again eight years later, when it began the quality journey that has brought it to the present international notoriety. On February 10th 2004, the “Ridotto” was dedicated to Arcangelo Corelli on the 350th anniversary of his birth in Fusignano.

Getting here

Via Mariani 2 – Ravenna
Tel. +39 0544 249244

Events in this venue

Mitsuko Uchida at Severance Hall
Recital di Mitsuko Uchida
Recital di Mitsuko Uchida
“I spend all day around my pianos. My back, shoulders and brain need a rest, but my fingers never tire”. To Mitsuko Uchida, studying is the way to get to the core of music, to reach those special moments where sound opens up to ineffable joy . . .

01 giugno 2016
Teatro Alighieri
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Mandela Trilogy
Mandela Trilogy
All sorts of music tributes have been paid to Mandela in South Africa, but African Songbook, staged by Cape Town Opera’s Michael Williams in 2010, gets the very man on stage. . .

09 - 12 giugno 2016
Teatro Alighieri
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Mario Brunello e il Coro del Friuli Venezia Giulia
Mario Brunello e il Coro del Friuli Venezia Giulia
music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Sofija Asgatovna Gubajdulina

17 giugno 2016
Teatro Alighieri
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Il Concorso di Composizione
Il Concorso di Composizione
direzione artistica di Giovanni Sollima With the adventure of the 100cellos, Giovanni Sollima, with his valiant companion Enrico Melozzi, has shown...

18 giugno 2016
Teatro Alighieri
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