La Fenice Opera House, Venice Trip
Everyone has heard of the famous La Scala Opera House in Milan, however, less people are aware that Venice also has a wonderful opera house, with its own unique appeal.
Third time certainly has been lucky for La Fenice as the original opera house in Venice, was lost to fire in 1774 when the main building was destroyed. It was later rebuilt, however a second fire took hold in 1836, and the opera house had to again be repaired. In 1996 a third and final fire engulfed La Fenice leaving only the exterior walls standing. This time the culprit was arson. For this reason the opera house is named “La Fenice” – The Phoenix rising from the ashes.
Since it originally opened around the 19th century, La Fenice Opera House has performed many great masterpieces including works by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi. Operas include Attila, Rigoletto, La Traviata and Simon Boccanegra.
Initially when World War One was happening, La Fenice closed, however, the decision was reached to reopen, which secured the talent of some of the world’s greatest singers and conductors.
More recently on the 14 December 2003 there was an inaugural concert which celebrated works by Beethoven, Wagner and Stravinsky. The following year in November 2004 La Fenice staged the first production of La Traviata.
Today for a nominal fee you can wander around the opera house for a visit or book seats for the evening’s opera performance – a real highlight of your Venice trip. Either way the auditorium will certainly give you a lot to feast your eyes on – golden statues and intricately carved designs, especially around the Royal Box are a sight to behold, as is the ornate chandelier and the phoenixes above you.
While enjoying your Venice trip, make sure you allow a few hours for the day tour or dress up for your evening at the opera!