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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Jordan Modell (18 months ago)
A beautiful theater and a lovely place to see an opera. If you go to the theater and only if you go to the theater you can get €15 tickets at the top level. Well worth it. The lead and La Traviata was wonderful beautiful voice.
Talitha Falconer (19 months ago)
Absolutely astonishing! Beautiful beautiful beautiful! A must see! Take the tour for sure! Learn the history of this world renowned staple in the opera world.
Leah Goldblatt (19 months ago)
Beautiful theatre. We did the tour with the audio guide and it was wonderful. Walked you through the history in an easy to follow way
Mihai S. (20 months ago)
* "De vreme ce el moare, de vreme ce Venetia moare, de vreme ce ea, iubita lui, este pierduta pentru dansul - compozitorul venetian se va pierde si el in lumea anonima a mortii ... O scurta intalnire de-a lungul unui Venetii tot atat de frumoase ca iubirea si moartea. " - D.I. Suchianu despre filmul "Anonimul venetian", 1970. Sa nu uitati NICIODATA acel film care s-a turnat si aici!!! Cinste VESNICA acestui local!!! * "Since he dies, as Venice dies, since she, his girlfriend, is lost to dancing - the Venetian composer will also be lost in the anonymous world of death ... A brief meeting alongside a Venetians as beautiful as love and death. "- DI Suchianu about the film "The Venetian Anonymous", 1970. * "Poiché muore, mentre Venezia muore, dal momento che lei, la sua ragazza, è persa per ballare - il compositore veneziano si perderà anche nell'anonimo mondo della morte ... Un breve incontro accanto a un Veneziani belli come l'amore e la morte. "- DI Suchianu sul film "The Venetian Anonymous", 1970. Non dimenticare mai questo film che è stato lanciato anche qui !!! Onesta VESNICA al tuo locale !!! * "Depuis qu'il meurt, Venise meurt, depuis que sa petite amie est perdue pour la danse - le compositeur vénitien sera également perdu dans le monde anonyme de la mort ... Une brève rencontre à côté d'un Des Vénitiens aussi beaux que l'amour et la mort. "- DI Suchianu à propos du film "The Venetian Anonymous", 1970. N'oubliez jamais ce film qui a été tourné ici aussi !!! Honnête VESNICA à votre section locale !!!
Gabrielle Paris (21 months ago)
The most unique opera house in the world. One may arrive by a gondola! If you are in Venice, the historic La Fenice is a must. Tickets which are reasonably priced, are easy to buy right outside the train station, with English speakers. Also, around the Opera house is an amazing restaurant that is fitted out like a outdoors living room..cozy armchairs etc. Very very unique. Great ambiance and great service. If you go to the restaurant before an opera, you can hear the singers warm-up!
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