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Theatre Malibran: photos, description (Teatro Malibran)

Theatre Malibran, formerly known as the Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo, is one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in Venice, famous for its rich decorations. It was designed by Thomas Bezzi specially to the family Grimani, and was inaugurated in 1678, the year during carnival. The first production at the theater was "Vespasian" Carlo Pallavicino. Soon, the theater, formerly the largest in Venice, became the most luxurious and extravagant - on the stage were famous artists of the time, for example, Margaret Durastanti, the prima Donna of the early 18th century. Here worked such composers as Carlo Francesco Pollarolo, Alessandro Scarlatti and Georg Frideric Handel.

In 1730-ies began a period of gradual but inevitable decline of the theatre San Giovanni Grisostomo, although until the mid-18th century it remained the leading Venetian theatre. In 1737, the year it was appointed a Director of Carlo Goldoni, whose initiative on the scene first began staging plays (many of them were written by Goldoni). Later, the family Grimani has opened another theatre, otlichalis small size, San Benedetto. This event put an end to the dominance of San Giovanni, and hastened his decline. However, after the occupation of Venice by the French troops, the theater was one of those few that have not been closed. In 1819, the year he was sold to Gallo, who, in 1834, the year spent here restoration work. A couple of years later it was renamed to the Theatre Malibran in honor of the famous Spanish mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran. And when the power of Venice was retaken by the Habsburgs, all the city theatres in protest were closed, except for Malibran.

Then in the theatre's history came the dark times - it changed owners and was closed a few times for various reasons and re-opened. From 1919, the year the stage was placed operetta and Opera, and even showed movies. In 1992, the year the building was purchased by the municipality of Venice and carefully restored and extended. In 2001, the year saw the return of the Theatre Malibran in a number of existing theatres in the city - the ceremony was even attended by the President of Italy Carlo Ciampi Acela.