The innovative reopening of La Fenice to the public in July: the permanent installation of an overturned keel changes the perspective of the theatre.
Teatro La Fenice will be reopening to the public in July with a series of chamber music and symphony concerts and with a new opera production. Things will not be the same as before: the reopening of the Venetian opera house will be characterised by change, one that was imposed by the health emergency and the ensuing health and safety regulations that have been introduced. These restrictions have, however, been interpreted as an idea for new forms of performances in the world of music. In other words, once again Teatro La Fenice has reinvented new theatre perspectives and created new models for live music performances.
What has changed is the space: “The key was not seeing the restrictions as something impossible,” the superintendent and artistic director of Teatro La Fenice explains, “but as an expedient to create performances with new dramatic and poetic variations. From this perspective, together with the Opera House employees, laboratories and technicians, we completely rearranged the area of the stalls, the orchestra pit and the stage. Having removed the seats from the stalls, the musicians can now be seated there while a permanent installation, an inclined plane, will cover the orchestra pit, raising it and linking it to the stage, where more seats can be placed whilst respecting the necessary distance. It’s a sort of wooden keel under construction (and with forty people at the prow): an image that is not reminiscent of a shipwreck, but of an ark that is carrying everyone forward, towards a new world. One thing is for sure: it will always be the most beautiful opera house in the world.”
Sunday 5 July at 19.00
The artistic programme begins on Sunday 5 July at 19.00: the Orchestra brass and artists of Teatro La Fenice Choir under the guidance of Claudio Marino Moretti will perform a concert from the original programme, starting with Fanfare for a common Man by Aaron Copland and then followed by music by Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Thursday 9 and Saturday 11 July 2020, at 19.00
This will be followed by a musical ‘divertimento’ by Handel that is full of celebration and joy: in the concerts on Thursday 9 and Saturday 11 July 2020, at 19.00, Diego Fasolis will conduct the Teatro La Fenice Orchestra who will play two famous pieces by the Saxon composer, Water Music and Royal Fireworks Music.
Friday 10 July 2020, Sunday 12 July, Tuesday 14 July and Wednesday 15 July at 19.00.
Opera will also return in the form of a new production of Antonio Vivaldi’ Ottone in Villa, a three-act play to music with a libretto by Domenico Lalli; this was actually the Red Priest’s debut at opera. For Diego Fasolis, one of the greatest Vivaldi experts, this will also be a debut since it is the first time he will be conducting this work. The production is by Giovanni Di Cicco, set design by Massimo Checchetto and costumes by Carlos Tieppo. The first-class cast includes Giulia Semenzato (Cleonilla), Sonia Prina (Ottone), Lucia Cirillo (Caio Silio), Giuseppe Valentino Buzza (Decio) and Michela Antenucci (Tullia). There will be five performances, all at 19.00: Friday 10 July 2020, Sunday 12 July, Tuesday 14 July and Wednesday 15 July at 19.00.
Thursday 16 July 2020 at 19.00
Two great classics from the wind instrument repertoire will be performed by the Fenice Orchestra in a concert on Thursday 16 July 2020 at 19.00: Richard Strauss’ Serenade in E flat major op. 7 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade no. 10 in B flat major, kv 361 Gran Partita.
Friday 17 July at 19.00
The concert the following day on Friday 17 July at 19.00 is devoted to music by the Venetian composers Antonio Vivaldi and Tomaso Albinoni: with Roberto Baraldi as first violinist, the Teatro La Fenice Orchestra will play three Concertos by the Red Priest for strings and bass and the marvellous Adagio in G minor by Albinoni.
Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 July 2020, at 19.00
At the end of the month on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 July 2020, once again at 19.00, there will be two recitals for voice and piano with three of the most famous male protagonists on the contemporary scene: on the first evening the bass Alex Esposito will offer a diversified programme, singing roles that made him famous including Mephistopheles in Faust, Mozart’s Don Giovani and Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress; on the second evening, the tenor Francesco Meli and the baritone Luca Salsi will sing some of Verdi’s most popular pages.
Tickets for the concerts (from € 10,00 to € 60,00) and for the opera (from € 10,00 to € 100,00) are on sale at the sales points Vela Venezia Unica at Teatro La Fenice, Piazzale Roma, Tronchetto, Ferrovia, Piazza San Marco, Rialto line 2, Accademia, Mestre, or through the ticket office (+39 041 2424) and the online ticket office at www.teatrolafenice.it.
Please check the time and entrance information on the tickets purchased.