Teatro Petruzzelli

Bari, Italy

The Teatro Petruzzelli is the largest theatre of the city of Bari and the fourth Italian theatre by size.  Onofrio and Antonio Petruzzelli, traders and ship builders from Bari, presented the designs for the theatre drawn up by their brother-in-law, the engineer Angelo Bari Cicciomessere to the city of Bari. The proposal for building the Petruzzelli was accepted and, on 29 January 1896, a contract was signed between the family and the city administration. Two years later, in October 1898, work began and it ended in 1903.

During the night of 26 and 27 October 1991 the theatre was completely destroyed by fire, the result of arson. The criminal trial of those accused of setting the fire ended with the acquittal of the defendants and the condemnation of the perpetrators of the incident.

The Petruzzelli, reconstructed entirely with public money in 2008, was returned to the City of Bari in 2009. On 6 December 2009 the first opera season in the re-built theatre began with Turandot by Giacomo Puccini.



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Founded: 1898
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Italy

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Marco Lattarulo (9 months ago)
One the most important theatre in Bari. The building was restored after a bad fire “happened” some years ago due to the local organized crime. So then the theatre started again its marvelous lyrical seasons. laterally in the same building of the theatre you can find also an amazing pastry shop on the right and a private club on the left where only members can access and benefit from other splendid old rooms of this side.
Martin Zagorov (10 months ago)
Pretty nice theatre near the harbour of Bari. It is located on a big road. However, it is not that impressive as some reviews stated.
Mariam Habbi (Only_Me) (12 months ago)
I went there on a school trip, the place is amazing, it leaves you speechless! All super luxurious and clean, the acting was very cute, they sang great! I highly recommend it
Maria Kaplenko (13 months ago)
We were there last night and had a big pleasure to listen Budapest festival orchestra with maestro Ivan Fisher. Thank you very much for this beautiful evening ❤️?
Patrick Magrath (16 months ago)
Great experience at this uniquely colored Teatro. The opera we saw was a bit slow -- many of the older patrons left before the ending. But sometimes that is what you get, especially with Wagner. I think there was only one bathroom so there was a huge line all the time, which loses a star. But the pricing and space was good. Conductor did not wear a mask nor were there glass boxes around the woodwinds like we observed in Palermo at the Massimo. Altogether though, very positive night but maybe just not quite our opera.
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