The Theatre in English


Built  in 1605 by Orazio Fregoso within the "Palazzone" - the current seat of the town Hall-it later became a theater hall for the plays and performances of Sant'Agata's youth.

In 1690, renovation were begun to separate the stage from the stalls. However, the project met with opposition from local clergy, who considered actors individuals with loose morals and doubtful virtue.

In 1723, the construction of the first row of galleries was undertaken by the Società Condomini. It was completed between 1743 and 1753 by Giovanni Vannucci, who also built the second and third galleries.

An entrance to the theater was created by demolishing the fourth box of the first gallery. It was quite an original solution that envisioned an unusual side entrance opening onto the stalls, instead of a traditional central entrance facing the stage as in most of the theaters.

The second and third galleries were painted with tempera and depicted drapes and lace, whereas the top of the vaulting and of the proscenium arch displayed nine oil-painted medallions portraying celebrated figures in music, theater or local history (Pietro Metastasio, Carlo Goldoni, Vittorio Alfieri, Vincenzo Monti, Angelo Mariani, Uguccione della Faggiola).

The curtain, consisting of a painting depicting the town of Sant'Agata Feltria along with the scenery of which only five backdrops remain, is the work of Romolo Liverani, a renowned scene painters from Faenza. He belonged to the group of painters attending the local art school of Faenza and keeping the tradition of performing arts alive over the 19th century.

Formerly a place of entertainment, over time the theater became increasingly more refined and cultured, the exclusive privilege oh the nouveau-riche bourgeoisie of Sant'Agata.

The year 1838 saw the establishment of a musical society, later referred to as the Accedemia Filarmonica (Philharmonic Academy), which in 1841 summoned to Sant'Agata Feltria Angelo Mariani, a 20-year-old conductor from Ravenna who would later become one of the major interpreters of Verdi's Rigoletto, in the 1920s, that the theater reached the height of its fame. On this occasion the music was played by the orchestra of the La Scala Theater of Milan.

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