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The famous Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, initiated an innovative project blending art, culture and nature with the construction of an open-air Amphitheatre in his home town of Lajatico in rural Tuscany.
The venue hosts a single concert by Bocelli every summer, before reverting back to its silent form for the rest of the year. The name given to this venue, il Teatro del Silenzio – (The Theatre of Silence) is therefore particularly fitting. A sculpture, in the form of a human face, is located in the heart of the venue in the middle of a small lake. It was designed by the Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj for the performance of the opera Manon Lescaut.
The Maestro sought to create a “Woodstock of Opera” in this venue bringing collaborations with many leading lights in the world of opera each year. This is an extraordinary way to enjoy the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, amidst enchanting hills and tall cypress trees. and the Theatre of Silence is a very special venue and event for the Italian tenor. This charitable annual event is particularly close to Bocelli’s heart and the theme of the event changes each year. The unique blend of natural beauty, classical music and culture is kind of poetic, don’t you think?
Now, with our MAESTRO group tour programme you can be part of this magical musical experience!
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Five wonderful venues to experience a genuine Italian Opera
Italy is the birthplace of opera and remains one of the best places in the world to see operatic performances. Originally created as an art form for the elite, opera eventually found its way to the masses. Today it is thought of total art form accessible to all. What better place to experience Opera than in Italy. So we have picked five of the very best historic theatrical venues for lovers of Opera to enjoy their performances.
1) Venice – Gran Teatro La Fenice
Venice’s primary Opera House is called ‘La Fenice’. Which is the Italian word for a phoenix, the legendary bird, which has the ability to rise from the ashes. La Fenice had a fire on three occasions since its inauguration in the 18th Century. The latest fire in the 1990s, completely gutted the building to its foundations. Like the mythical phoenix it rose again, restored to its former glory. Brought right up to date with the installation of a modern stage, allowing La Fenice to continue to delight audiences to this day.
2) Milan – Teatro alla Scala
The Scala was built on the location of the Santa Maria alla Scala Church in 1778 which gave the Opera House its name. The decorated balcony seats were originally owned by important Milanese families. La Scala was the place to be seen, with the theatrical performances merely serving as a backdrop. Complete renovation took place from 2002 to 2004. A visit to the Milanese Scala is the dream of many opera lovers and backstage tours provide a remarkable insight into modern day theatrical operations.
3) Trieste – Teatro Verdi
The Verdi Theatre, named after the composer Giuseppe Verdi, was founded as “Teatro Nuovo” and is one of the oldest opera houses in the world, being inaugurated in 1801. The architects behind the construction worked on both La Fenice in nearby Venice and Milan’s La Scala, resulting in a theatre which resembles La Fenice internally and La Scala on the exterior.
4) Turin – Teatro Regio
Turin’s famous Teatro Regio, sets the standard for theatrical construction since its inception in 1740. This beautiful opera house was constructed by the forty-strong Societa dei Signori Cavalieri of Turin. With its 1,500 seats and 139 boxes. This opera house was rebuilt in 1973 and opened with a production of Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani directed by Maria Callas and Giuseppe Di Stefano.
5) Verona – Amphitheatre Arena
Lastly, our MAESTRO group tour also includes this amazing historical space. The Roman amphitheatre (better known as an Arena) is, along with Juliet’s Balcony, the iconic symbol of this city. Built in the 1st Century and like all amphitheatres of the day, staged with gladiatorial spectacles. A solid and impressive structure with an exterior faced by bricks and red marble, the Arena’s central stage and tier of 15,000 concentric seats create an effect of grandeur. The Arena today retains its function of entertainment venue. It provides a stunning backdrop for many different types of concerts and musical events. Including the famous annual Verona Opera Season.