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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Maria Rosa Panadero (4 months ago)
La Traviata like in no other place! I totally loved the production! This was 2019, I thought I ought to make this review late rather than never...
Thomas Malloch (6 months ago)
A great night for the Barber of Saville. And unlike the UK no mad rush for folk to get to the bar . If booking get the front seats of a box as the higher ones can be restricted with folk sitting in front of you blocking the view of the stage. I had a great seat on the stall and the vie of the stage excellent
James Tierney (6 months ago)
What can you say? Three and a half hours of Rossini. Beuatiful surroundings. Just excellent.
Kate Munden (8 months ago)
Beautiful opera house restored to its full glory. When I went we were able to watch an orchestra rehearsal which was wonderful Note: if you want to do the audio tour you need to provide photo ID to receive the audio equipment. This is NOT explained when you buy the ticket and I was rudely told nothing they could do to help me and dismissed by the rude, bored girl on the counter. Luckily her polite colleague intervened and explained there is an App you can download which has the tour. It takes 2 seconds to be polite and explain something...it makes such a difference. The woman showing the royal box and the rehearsal was also extremely polite and professional.
Just Alex (8 months ago)
The front desk was extremely helpful and got us some last minute tickets. The opera is splendid and definitely worth visiting
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