The 'Teatro Verdi' of Florence

verdiOK lgThe ‘Teatro Pagliano’, which assumed its current name, ‘Teatro Verdi,’ in 1901, was built during the Grand Ducal period in Florence on the former site of the fourteenth century Stinche Prison. During the nineteenth century, Florence – which was also the capital of Italy - witnessed the construction of many theaters. The Teatro Verdi is the only one still in operation, having lived through a century and a half of history and tremendous change. For Florence and the whole Tuscan region, this theater represents the focal point for special events and occasions, musical events, and popular performances.
The Teatro Verdi was the dream project of Girolamo Pagliano. Pagliano was a former baritone and successful pharmacist who invented an elixir for long life. One of the seven largest theaters in Italy, its importance was clear from its inauguration on September 10th 1854. Viscardello, the original title of Verdi’s Rigoletto, was the theater’s inaugural performance. For many years under Pagliano’s management, the theater staged repertoires and operas directed by Pagliano himself with great success and acclaim. During the latter part of the nineteenth century, the theater hosted performances that echoed the sentiment of patriotism permeating the country, inviting famous singers and actors to perform for important audiences which even included King Vittorio Emanuele II.
In 1865 the theater was almost destroyed by a fire. It then changed ownership several times. After World War II, the theater was revitalised under Castellani's ownership; it staged many popular operettas and many of the most famous actors of the twentieth century were invited to perform. The first important restoration of the theater was overseen by Nello Baroni and Maurizio Tempestini in 1950. During the glamorous 1960’s, the theater hosted pop, rock, and international jazz stars, as well as the stars of comic theater and revue. Season after season, Teatro Verdi acted as a catalyst for music and theater performances. It also hosted the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, cinematographic exhibitions, and ballet.
The 1966 flood in Florence magnified the theater’s need to update to safety codes. In January 1998, its ownership was transferred to the Fondazione Orchestra Regionale Toscana. It became the site of the ORT rehearsals and concerts while still maintaining a diverse and culturally open theatre repertoire attuned to the needs of its different audiences.
In October 2004, for Teatro Verdi’s 150th anniversary, the Foundation performed a series of major renovations to improve the acoustics, aesthetics, and reception area. The floors of the auditorium and of the gallery have been completely replaced with wood, and the new distinctly red seats have been specially designed by Poltrona Frau. In October 2005, a concert by the Orchestra della Toscana and Salvatore Accardo, was held for the inauguration of the new curtain of the Teatro Verdi. The curtain was realized with the design of the decorations and colors equal to those of the previous one that was mounted at the beginning of the 1950s. This was also produced by Poltrona Frau. The project was made possible thanks to the contribution and sector investments of the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and the Cultura della Regione Toscana.
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  • Alessandro Franconi - viola

    Alessandro Franconi - viola

  • Alessandro Giani - violino

    Alessandro Giani - violino

  • Alessio Galiazzo - oboe

    Alessio Galiazzo - oboe

  • Alfredo Ridi - palcoscenico

    Alfredo Ridi - palcoscenico

  • Alfredo Vignoli - ispettore

    Alfredo Vignoli - ispettore

  • Ambra Greco - segreteria

    Ambra Greco - segreteria

  • Andrea Albori - corno

    Andrea Albori - corno

  • Andrea Gianfaldoni - uff. personale

    Andrea Gianfaldoni - uff. personale

  • Angela Asioli - violino

    Angela Asioli - violino

  • Angelo Del Rosso - servizi tecnici

    Angelo Del Rosso - servizi tecnici

  • Caterina Cioli - viola

    Caterina Cioli - viola

  • Chiara Foletto - violino

    Chiara Foletto - violino

  • Chiara Morandi - violino

    Chiara Morandi - violino

  • Cristina Ottanelli - amministrazione

    Cristina Ottanelli - amministrazione

  • Daniele Giorgi - violino

    Daniele Giorgi - violino

  • Donato De Sena - tromba

    Donato De Sena - tromba

  • Elisa Bonini - fundraising

    Elisa Bonini - fundraising

  • Flavio Giuliani - oboe

    Flavio Giuliani - oboe

  • Francesco Di Cuonzo - violino

    Francesco Di Cuonzo - violino

  • Fulvio Palmieri - accoglienza

    Fulvio Palmieri - accoglienza

  • Giorgio Battistelli - direttore artistico

    Giorgio Battistelli - direttore artistico

  • Giovanni Simeone - violoncello

    Giovanni Simeone - violoncello

  • Luca Provenzani - violoncello

    Luca Provenzani - violoncello

  • Luigi Giannoni - contrabbasso

    Luigi Giannoni - contrabbasso

  • Marcello D'Angelo - violino

    Marcello D'Angelo - violino

  • Marco Ortolani - clarinetto

    Marco Ortolani - clarinetto

  • Marco Parri - direttore generale

    Marco Parri - direttore generale

  • Marian Elleman - violino

    Marian Elleman - violino

  • Michele Marasco - flauto

    Michele Marasco - flauto

  • Morgan Tortelli - timpani

    Morgan Tortelli - timpani

  • Paolo Faggi - corno

    Paolo Faggi - corno

  • Paolo Frassinelli - servizi musicali

    Paolo Frassinelli - servizi musicali

  • Paolo Gaiani - violino

    Paolo Gaiani - violino

  • Patrizia Bettotti - violino

    Patrizia Bettotti - violino

  • Pierpaolo Ricci - viola

    Pierpaolo Ricci - viola

  • Simone Grifagni - amministrazione

    Simone Grifagni - amministrazione

  • Stefania Tombelli - segreteria

    Stefania Tombelli - segreteria

  • Stefano Battistini - violoncello

    Stefano Battistini - violoncello

  • Stefano Zanobini - viola

    Stefano Zanobini - viola

  • Susanna Pasquariello - violino

    Susanna Pasquariello - violino

  • Tiziana Goretti - segreteria

    Tiziana Goretti - segreteria

  • Umberto Codecà - fagotto

    Umberto Codecà - fagotto

  • Walter Sica - palcoscenico

    Walter Sica - palcoscenico

  • Amerigo Bernardi - contrabbasso

    Amerigo Bernardi - contrabbasso

  • Guido Guidarelli - tromba

    Guido Guidarelli - tromba

  • Marco Pistelli - violino

    Marco Pistelli - violino

  • Paolo Carlini - fagotto

    Paolo Carlini - fagotto

  • Stefano Bianchi - violino

    Stefano Bianchi - violino

  • Fabio Fabbrizzi - flauto

    Fabio Fabbrizzi - flauto

  • Paolo Malvini - ospitalità teatro

    Paolo Malvini - ospitalità teatro

  • Augusto Gasbarri - violoncello

    Augusto Gasbarri - violoncello

  • Gabriella Colombo - violino

    Gabriella Colombo - violino