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Municipal Theatre Bologna

Antonio Galli Bibiena

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Important events

(detail)1754 | Start of construction
Year of building: 1754-1763
(detail)14.5.1763 | opening
The theatre opened with a performance of the opera “Il Trionfo di Clelia” , composed by Christoph Williband Gluck on the libreto by Metastasio.
(detail)1820 | Reconstruction
(detail)1854 | Reconstruction
(detail)1931 | Reconstruction
New portal by Armand Villa
(detail)1936 | Reconstruction of facade
The facade was completed only in 1935-36 by Umberto Ricci
(detail)1981 | Restoration



In 1756, the Senate of Bologna commissioned the famous architect and stage designer Antonio Galli Bibiena to design a new theatre. Galli Bibiena’s original design – surviving as a wooden model in the foyer of the theatre – was heavily criticized by the architects of the “Accademia Clementina”, whereupon its proportions were altered. The new theatre opened on 14 May 1763 with the first performance of the opera “Il Trionfo di Clelia” by Gluck, text by Metastasio, with stage sets by the very same Antonio Galli Bibiena. Over the next centuries bigger and smaller changes were executed concerning the camerini, i.e. small rooms behind the boxes, the walls of the stalls area, the portal, the painted ceiling (the current one dates from 1870) and the stage; the facade was completed in 1935 –36 by Umberto Ricci. Below the floor of the auditorium there is a wooden machinery from 1820 that can lift the whole floor to the level of the stage.



Visits: guided tours are conducted on appointment by the Guide d‘Arte G.A.I.A., tel.: +39 348 4222070 (Mon – Fri 10:00 – 13:00) or guidateatro@libero.it

Tickets and information: +39 051 529958 (Tue –Fri 10:00 –17:00),

E-mail: boxoffice@comunalebologna.itwww.comunalebologna.it




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