Venice: 4 fun facts about the Fenice Opera House

To make your stay in Venice unforgettable, be sure to visit the Fenice Opera House, which is not so far from St. Mark’s square. 

It is one of the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre and in the history of opera as a whole. 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 – Gioachino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi – were performed.

Here below you can read 4 fun facts you may not know about this opera house:

  1. it was destroyed twice due to fires (1836, 1996) and, the last time, they used Luchino Visconti’s clips from the movie “Senso” as a guide to rebuild it;
  1. La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, premiered in Venice, was a fiasco despite the success gained in the European theatres at a later time;
  1. the current main entrance was once the secondary one, since the audience used to enter from the door overlooking the canal;
  1. there is a floor dedicated to Maria Callas.

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