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Many of the Italian theatres are amongst the most famous in the world. Such as La Scala in Milan, and the Teatro dell’Opera San Carlo in Naples. Explore places steeped in culture and art that have hosted a great many number of famous actors and internationally renowned opera singers over time. 

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Teatro Regio di Parma

Historic theater of Parma Opera House Constructed at the request of Duchess Maria Luigia of Habsburg-Lorraine, wife of Napoleon, this theater was opened on May 16, 1829 with Zaira, an opera by Vincenzo Bellini. Considered a theater of excellence in the opera tradition, today, Teatro Regio di Parma is among the most important in Italy. From the Neoclassical façade to the elegance of its interiors adorned with gilded stucco, you arrive in the auditorium, the heart of the building, topped by the ceiling painted by Giovan Battista Borghesi where you’ll see the "astrolampo" hanging - a large gilded bronze chandelier forged by the Lacarrière workshops in Paris. The painted curtain is also by Borghesi and is one of the few examples that has survived. Above, a "light" clock, marking the time every five minutes, is placed in the center of the proscenium lintel. The acoustic chamber, painted by Giuseppe Carmignani, echoes the decorations of the boxes and consists of telescopically modular panels to support a wide variety of orchestral ensembles. In addition to the usual opera season, the ballet season with ParmaDanza and the concert season, the theater offers the Festival Verdi with a calendar full of events and performances dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi every year. There are many parallel activities, from the Regio Young, dedicated to schools and families, to the Alta Sartoria Training Course, to the Accademia Verdiana, dedicated to new opera talents. There are interesting guided tours to discover the history of the theater, its world and its initiatives.
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Teatro della Concordia

Teatro della Concordia: a small 18th-century pearl near Perugia Miniature jewel of art, indeed the smallest in the world with 99 seats between boxes and stalls: the Teatro della Concordia rises from the heart of Montecastello di Vibio, in the province of Perugia, not far from Todi, in a town that stands out on the right side of the Tiber Valley. Its name is not accidental and, in the 19th century, the time of its construction, it was intended to draw attention to the ideals of the French Revolution: liberty, equality and fraternity. Did you know that... There are even smaller theatres around the world. One example is the little theatre in the castle of Valvasone (PN). The Concordia theatre, however, is the oldest of those still in operation, unique architectural testimony of the 18th century Italian theatre in Goldonian style. Goldoni imposed strict rules for the construction of the ideal theatre, like using wood as the only element for the boxes and the bell-shaped floor plan for adequate acoustics. In fact, it is the smallest active historical theatre in the world. The Società del Teatro della Concordia, set up to manage the building, is now committed to keeping it open, offering performances and guided tours to the public. The story of this little wonder In the midst of the Napoleonic period, a group of nine illustrious local families set out to bring art to all, without sacrificing the best architectural details and the great artists of the time. Thus, the interior of the Teatro della Concordia in Montecastello di Vibio is particularly precious, enriched by frescoes decorating the boxes and vaulted ceiling: all by Cesare Agretti and his 15-year-old son Luigi. The latter made his mark with his paintings. Celebrities and curiosities The Teatro della Concordia has hosted great artists throughout its history. Think of the young soprano Antonietta Stella from Todi, who performed here in 1929, remembered as one of the best interpreters of Verdi's repertoire. Gina Lollobrigida, who made her debut as a young actress here in 1945 in Santarellina, by playwright Eduardo Scarpetta. The Teatro della Concordia, past to present In 1951, the hall was closed. A few years later the roof collapsed. The inhabitants of the area considered the theatre too important to lose it and thought of self-taxing in order to finance the restoration work, then completed by the Region, thanks to EU funds. In 1993, the restoration was completed and today the theatre is also used for conferences, meetings and civil weddings. From the smallest to the largest In 1997, the smallest theatre in the world twinned with the largest theatre in the world, the Teatro Farnese in Parma, seating approximately 3,000. For more information, the reference website is:
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La Scala Theatre - Milan, Lombardy

Piccolo Teatro Strehler

Piccolo Teatro Strehler: when art illuminates the evenings The history of Piccolo Teatro Strehler in Milan began at the end of the Second World War with the aim of creating a stable artistic and theatrical space open to everyone, regardless of their social class and financial means. The Piccolo Teatro was founded in 1947 by theatre impresario Paolo Grassi, his wife Nina Vinchi and legendary director and artistic director Giorgio Strehler. In 1991 it acquired the title of First Permanent Theatre of Italy and European Theatre. A theatre “split” into three The Piccolo, as it is called among the Milanese, consists of three halls: Teatro Grassi, which is its historical seat in Via Rovello in the heart of the city, Teatro Studio Melato, named after the unforgettable actress, which focuses on experimentation and is also home to the Luca Ronconi Theatre School, and the main seat, the majestic Teatro Strehler. The latest creation Teatro Strehler opened its doors in 1998. Designed by Marco Zanuso, it is located in Largo Greppi, very close to the Sforza Castle and Sempione Park. A great hall which is one of Italy's most important stages for prose theatre today, with a playbill that features some of the world's most interesting authors, directors and actors. Great productions and unforgettable names As the home of Strehler, one of the leading directors of 20th century Italian theatre, Piccolo Teatro has produced more than 400 shows over the years. He was one of the first to bring the works of Bertolt Brecht to Italy, as well as reviving beloved modern versions of William Shakespeare and Carlo Goldoni. Prose and dance performances alternate on the three stages of the Piccolo, as well as film festivals, meetings and themed exhibitions. A benchmark for Italian and foreign intellectuals Why does the Piccolo have this particular name (piccolo means “small”)? It’s because of the small size of its first venue, with a stage six metres deep by five and a half metres wide and around 500 seats. This is not the only reason: it is also a tribute to the Malyj Theatre in Moscow, a historic Russian theatre founded in the 19th century whose name means “Small”, as opposed to the Moscow theatre Bolshoi, literally Big Theatre. Between 2008 and 2009, the historical venue in Via Rovello underwent renovations that made the 488-seat hall and the stage more functional.