Teatro Verdi is an emblem of Florence and its history dates back to the Nineteenth-Century Era. It is the only one among the theaters made during the Grand Ducal Era, which still operates at full capacity and is the venue for numerous special events.
Teatro Verdi: from the beginning to today
The Teatro Verdi was built on the site of the old prison of Stinche, between Via del Palagio (now Via Ghibellina), via de’Lavatoi and Via Isola delle Stinche.
The birth of The Factory is the first step towards the new function of the building, which is a series of apartments, shops and recreational facilities with a large Philharmonic hall.
In 1851, the entrepreneur Florentine Girolamo Pagliano bought the factory and builds a theater inspired by La Pergola theater, the leading Florentine theater of the time.
This ambitious project was carried out by Telemachus and architects Carlo Bonaiuti and decorations come from the period of Louis and Cesare Maffei.
The end result was wonderful: The theater was home to up to 4,000 spectators and had 200 box seats arranged in six rows.
The Pagliano theater, which became known as the Imperial and Royal Theatre of Archduke Ferdinand, marked the transition between the old and new systems, more similar to the arenas that could accommodate large crowds and off complex scenery.
The September 10, 1854 Viscardello was performed for the grand opening, the original title of Verdi’s Rigoletto .
In subsequent years, the ownership changed hands and the building enhanced tying Verdi to the point that, in 1901, the theater was definitively entitled to Verdi.
Since that time, one season after the next has offered high professional operas, (obviously, with a break for the First World War).
After World War II, it was renovated and restored to the architectural level without changing the appearance of the classic Italian-style theater.
On February 11, 1950, however, there was the inauguration of the new Greens who starts to accommodate even variety and comedy, as well as international singers. Here are some of the names that have performed on this stage: Totò, Anna Magnani, Alberto Sordi, Ugo Tognazzi, Aldo Fabrizi, Gino Bramieri, Nino Manfredi.
In 1998, also it became the seat of the Orchestra of Toscana Foundation, which now manages the theater.
Teatro Verdi Florence: upcoming releases
Get in on the season of the Teatro Verdi, with lots of appeal shows:
- Prince Abusive with Alessandro Siani and Christian De Sica. After the huge success at the cinema, here we find the comedy played live by the protagonists themselves, February 24 to 26.
- Calendar Girls with Angela Finocchiaro and Laura Curino. From 2 to 5 March we will have the first Italian version of the cult film inspired by a true story of a group of American women who made a sexy calendar with their own naked photographs to raise funds to support research against leukemia.
- Billy Elliot: The Musical with music by Elton John, Italian and original adaptation directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo. The iconic story of the most famous dancer in film history returns to the Greens after the sellout of last season. From 10 to 12 March.
- W Momix Forever. The international company of acrobats, magicians and Momix dancers come to Florence with a collection of the most exciting choreography by Moses Pendleton, and some new creations. From 23 to 28 March.
One of our facilities, La Casa di Morfeo, is very close to the Teatro Verdi and is chosen every year by many lovers of the planned works. Would you like to book your room at La Casa di Morfeo to see one of the shows scheduled to Verdi?
Please contact us!