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Theaters around the world: Teatro Del Giglio

The symbiotic relationship between Teatro del Giglio and Lucca city has lasted for about 4 centuries: from the period that laid the foundations for modern theater, up to the glories of opera, from the belle époque to the horrors of war, from the period of students claims to the era that saw the deconstruction of the narrative elements of representation. A place of elaboration, comparison, sociability and emotions, between Teatro del Giglio and its city there is a complicity made up of exchange, mutual ideas, collective construction of meaning.

The birth of Giglio (which in 1985 obtained the recognition of Theater of Tradition) dates back to more than three centuries ago, when the Council of the Republic of Lucca established its public theater by decree.

Throughout the 19th century, Teatro del Giglio hosted the best theatrical companies of the Italian scene: concerts, dances and, above all, melodrama followed one another on the stage. Giacomo Puccini himself came to Lucca to supervise the work of the staging of some of his operas.

The birth of Teatro del Giglio dates back to more than three centuries ago, around 1600. In that period the most important theatrical activities took place in the “Court Theaters”, subsidized by the prince or the duke. Important shows were given in the halls of the great palaces. Two rooms functioned as a theater in Lucca: that of Palazzo Pretorio, known as Sala del Podestà, and that of Palazzo de’ Borghi. Two halls were few and unsuitable: the growing development of theatrical art and the audience’s growing needs in a city like Lucca, thriving in trade, commerce and crafts, made people feel the need for a theater more and more.

Read the entire article & many other interesting interviews here, in the 3rd/2021 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.

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