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Gioachino Rossini - Lugo

interior of the thatre
Piazzale Cavour, 17 - Lugo
Opening hours: info +39 0545 38540
Phone: +39 0545 38540

The deep-seated opera tradition which, during the eighteenth century was gaining increasing importance, led in mid-century to the erection of a permanent masonry-built theatre.

The principal sections were built in the two years 1758-1760 to a design by Ambrogio Petrocchi while, from 1760 onwards, the interior work such as the stage layout, stalls and boxes were completed by Antonio Galli Bibiena. The theatre was dedicated to Gioachino Rossini in 1859.

In 1813 Paganini performed there, but the artistic life of the Lugo theatre is still associated with Rossini and his opera productions from 1814 to 1840, even though other big names took their turns on stage. In the nineteenth century the theatre played a leading role in city life, politics and so forth, although the building gradually deteriorated during the twentieth century.

The theatre closed in 1955 but in 1984-1986 it underwent conservation and practical restoration work to a design by the architect Pier Luigi Cervellati and was handed back to the city on 3 December 1986.