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Bibiena, The “scientific” theatre

The theatre, no longer with tiers as in the Renaissance, has a bell-shaped ground plan and is laid out in orders of wood –carved theatre boxes in line with the types of structure invented in the 17th century and fashionable at the time.
With extraordinary vivacity and invention, Bibiena fulfilled the contract he made in 1767 in barely two years. He created the special theatre, directed the building work and with painting skills to match those of the architect he personally frescoed the interiors of the numerous boxes with monochrome figures, leaving behind yet more evidence of his eclectic talent. The classical façade was designed by Giuseppe Piermarini to whom the room on the first floor of the theatre is dedicated.
The "scientific" theatre, fully completed by 3 December 1769 was ready for its opening. It was an exquisite jewel poised between movement and elegance and one of the most important architectural designs of late eighteenth century Europe. Just over a month later, it was opened on 16 January 1770 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Barely 14 years old, he arrived in Mantua as part of his first Italian tour to inaugurate the splendid theatre by giving a memorable concert together with his father Leopold.
The theatre is still used for music festivals, concerts and important conventions.
For information:
Via Accademia 47
Tel. 0376 327653

To visit the theatre contact:
Infopoint at Casa del Rigoletto
Tel. 0376 288208 - Fax. 0376 289009
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For visiting the Bibiena Academic Theatre on Sundays please call 0376 327653 in order to verify if the theatre is opened because of concerts.

The  Bibiena Academic Theatre ticket office will close at 3.30 pm on Sundays until 3 december 2017

Opening times:
Tuesday - Sunday: 9.30-12.30 and 15.00-18.00
Closed: 1 January, 15 August and 25 December.
Closed to the public during conventions.

Full price € 2.00
Reductions € 1.20 (primary and middle schools).
The theatre does not have its own guide service and can be accessed freely. Private tourist guides are available.

Other services:
Guide books, informative material and other publications are available at the small bookshop are.

Copyright by Comune di Mantova

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