La Fenice

Venice, Italy

Teatro La Fenice is one of the most famous opera houses in Europe and landmark in the history of Italian theatre. Especially in the 19th century, La Fenice became the site of many famous operatic premieres at which the works of several of the four major bel canto era composers - Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi were performed.

Its name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to 'rise from the ashes' despite losing the use of three theatres to fire, the first in 1774 after the city's leading house was destroyed and rebuilt but not opened until 1792; the second fire came in 1836, but rebuilding was completed within a year. However, the third fire was the result of arson. It destroyed the house in 1996 leaving only the exterior walls, but it was rebuilt and re-opened in November 2004.



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Founded: 1774
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy


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Meagan Matheny (2 months ago)
This is one of those experiences in life in which I will never forget. The decor of the opera house is gorgeous! If you have a chance to attend an opera or event here, please get there early so you have time to gaze at the ceiling. The carvings and paintings on the walls and ceiling are just impeccable. We saw Wagner's Flying Dutchman Opera (July 2023) in German, where they had English and Italian subtitles on a screen above the stage. I was brought to tears at just how talented the actors and singers are. I will never ever forget this incredible experience.
Pat Kieltyka (2 months ago)
Just saw La Traviata, absolutely spectacular experience. A bit of a modern twist to it since I don't think they had TVs in the original but it was still a very nice performance. We had a box and it wad a pleasant experience. For those wondering, yes they have a teleprompter doing active translations for English hahah I was quite worried about that but it worked out great. Obviously no video of the performance but it was a very splendid time and a great way to end a European vacation :)
Olga van der Vlist (2 months ago)
Unbelievable experience! A must when you are in Venice! Incredibly beautiful theater, super talented orchestra and singers. It’s also nice to get a glass of bubbly or espresso in one of the intermissions.
Chandra Kanth Reddy (3 months ago)
This opera theater is truly amazing. Inside, they have two floors where you can get great views, and the interior is stunning. They play opera music continuously, and you can stay as long as you like. I recommend coming here to take a break from the crowded tourist spots and relax.
Stephan (4 months ago)
What an absolutely amazing theatre! The story! Not one but TWO fires! Completely destroying it both times! 1870’s and the 1990’s! This theatre is the champion of Italian opera theatres easily outshining Teatro alla Scala with sheer beauty! The €12 for the audio guide is a steal! We will go back! The book/gift shop can not be missed either!
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