Teatro La Fenice
This new upstairs gallery showcases contemporary photography and painters such as Davide Battistin, whose Venetian nocturnes update...
Contemporary photography and video art waits in the wings near La Fenice, with the quiet drama of thoughtful shows inspired by the...
La Galleria Van der Koelen
Long established in Germany, this branch of the van der Koelen gallery brings a note of contemporary vigour to the somewhat staid...
Teatro La Fenice
Tours are possible with advance booking (041 24 24), but the best way to see La Fenice is with the loggione – opera buffs who pass...
A casual charmer with classic fare at eminently reasonable prices – under €10 for pasta and €4 for a small carafe of house Friulano...
Campo San Fantin 1965 · interesting places nearby
Teatro La Fenice information
Once its dominion over the high seas ended, Venice discovered the power of high Cs, hiring as San Marco choirmaster Claudio Monteverdi, the father of modern opera, and opening La Fenice ('The Phoenix') in 1792. Rossini and Bellini staged operas here, making La Fenice the envy of Europe – until it went up in flames in 1836.
Venice without opera was unthinkable, and within a year the opera house was rebuilt. Verdi premiered Rigoletto and La Traviata at La Fenice, and international greats Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Britten composed for the house. But La Fenice was again reduced to ashes in 1996; two electricians found guilty of arson were apparently behind on repairs. A €90-million replica of the 19th-century opera house reopened in late 2003, and though some critics had lobbied for Gae Aulenti's avant-garde design, the reprise performance of La Traviata was a sensation.