Teatro La Fenice

Teatro La Fenice information

Venice , Italy
Campo San Fantin 1965
+390 41 78 66 75
Getting there
Ferry: Santa Maria del Giglio
More information
theatre visits adult/reduced €9/6.50, opera tickets from €66
Opening hours
tours 9.30am-6pm
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Once its dominion over the high seas ended, Venice discovered the power of high Cs, hiring as San Marco choirmaster Claudio Monteverdi and opening La Fenice ('The Phoenix') in 1792. Rossini and Bellini staged operas here, Verdi premiered Rigoletto and La Traviata , and international greats Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Britten composed for the house, making La Fenice the envy of Europe. From January to July and September to October, opera season is in full swing. Tours are also possible with advance booking.

In 1996 La Fenice grabbed headlines when tragedy befell and the beautiful gilt-encrusted theatre was reduced to ashes in a mysterious blaze. Two electricians, apparently behind on repairs, were found guilty of arson. Venice without La Fenice was unthinkable and worldwide donations poured in, enabling the reconstruction of a €90-million replica which reopened in late 2003. Although some critics had lobbied for Gae Aulenti's avant-garde design, the reprise performance of La Traviata was a sensation.