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Beginning Thursday, July 4, and until the end of the month, the Ridotto of the Teatro Grande and other spaces of the Theatre will be open with free access Thursday through Sunday, from 10:30am to 1pm and 2:30pm to 6:30pm.

Discovering Teatro Grande is our traditional guided tour, where the history of the building from its genesis as the 17th-century Accademia degli Erranti to its transformation into the Italian-style Teatro di Tradizione is told. The tour lasts 60 minutes and is available in English on Sunday 14th and Sunday 21st of July at 11am. 

Other tours, such as our Grand Tour in the backstage spaces of the Theatre and the two activities for children (Che favola di Teatro! and Caccia al tesoro del Grande) are only available in Italian.

During the summer openings, the theatre’s bookshop will be open in the Sala delle Statue, where it will be possible to purchase books, gifts and merchandise of the Teatro Grande.

The scheduled dates and times of the tours are available here.
For further information please contact the ticket office at biglietteria@teatrogrande.it.

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With great satisfaction, the Fondazione del Teatro Grande announces the awarding of the CULTURA + IMPRESA Award to the project OPEN. IL GRANDE ACCESSIBILE.

The CULTURA + IMPRESA Award is the national recognition wanted by Federculture and The Round Table communication projects that since 2013 selects, rewards and shares the best projects implemented that see the collaboration of companies with public and private cultural institutions. Today, it is considered the most important observatory in Italy that each year also indicates the scenarios and new trends in the relationship between Culture and Corporate Communication.

For the 2023-2024 edition of the Award, the project OPEN. IL GRANDE ACCESSIBILE is the winner for the SPONSORSHIPS AND CULTURAL PARTNERSHIPS category, and the official press release issued to announce the winners stressed that “OPEN. IL GRANDE ACCESSIBILE is the project of the Fondazione del Teatro Grande di Brescia reserved for people with sensory disabilities, sponsored by EssilorLuxottica that, through the Eyes on Art initiative born in 2020, supports projects for democratization and accessibility of art in all its forms. Since 2017, the Fondazione has been opening theater spaces and improving the enjoyment of performances for audiences from blind and deaf communities. In the year of Bergamo Brescia Italian Capital of Culture 2023 Culture as Care has become a tool for prevention and socialization that influences people’s well-being.”

As part of the same Award, OPEN. IL GRANDE ACCESSIBILE also wins the Special Mention DIGITAL INNOVATION IN ARTS. The Special Mentions of the Prize are dedicated to Projects that have most distinguished themselves in interpreting new trends in the relationship between Culture and Business. In the motivation for the special mention awarded to the project OPEN. IL GRANDE ACCESSIBILE reads, “In 2023, more than 200 people attended four Opera performances and one ballet performance with facilitated enjoyment through the use of Sennheiser’s innovative Mobile Connect technology: the app, installed free of charge on mobile devices, allowed hearing-impaired spectators to autonomously modulate sound frequencies by tuning them according to their hearing abilities and blind and visually impaired users to follow the performances accompanied by an audiodescription transmitted through headphones.”

For this 11th Edition of the CULTURA + IMPRESA Award there are 8 winning projects, selected from 123 projects received from 14 Italian regions. The winners, including the Teatro Grande, will be awarded on June 26 in Turin, Italian Capital of Enterprise Culture 2024.

For more information on OPEN. IL GRANDE ACCESSIBILE read the dedicated page.

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OPEN is the Teatro Grande’s project dedicated to sensory disabilities. Since 2017, we have launched an important inclusion project under the coordination of Prof. Elena Di Giovanni of the University of Macerata. By setting ourselves the goal of opening the spaces of the Theater and improving the enjoyment of performances for audiences from the blind and deaf communities, the project has allowed over the years to welcome an increasing number of people and, since 2023, has expanded the cultural proposals to audiences with cognitive disabilities as well.

Once again this year, OPEN enables facilitated enjoyment of all performances of the Opera and Ballet Season thanks to innovative Mobile Connect technology from Sennheiser, a leading international sound company. Through a simple app installed free of charge on a mobile device, hearing-impaired spectators have the ability to autonomously modulate sound frequencies by tuning them according to their hearing abilities: assisted listening takes place with pinhead headphones, but the system can also connect to next-generation cochlear implants. The same system allows blind and visually impaired users to be able to watch performances accompanied by an audio description transmitted through headphones.

Multisensory itineraries are also organized during the performances with tactile tables of the sets, exploration of scenes and costumes, in-depth musicals with singers and Maestri at the piano and LIS tours inside the spaces of the Theater with access to the backstage, as well as an inclusive Dance Workshop aimed at young people and dedicated to the ballet Giselle.

Finally, in 2024 the course for inclusive guides is renewed, divided into two training days: Saturday, June 1 and Saturday, October 12. Designed for teenage girls and boys and adults up to 35 years of age from the deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired and cognitively disabled communities, the Course offers the opportunity to approach the world of Theater by delving into its historical-artistic aspects and the theme of inclusion in cultural venues.

A detailed calendar of events will be available soon.

As a reminder, all initiatives promoted under the OPEN Project are free of charge and there is a 50 percent discounted ticket for accompanying men and women attending Opera and Ballet performances.

The OPEN Project is implemented by the Fondazione del Teatro Grande in collaboration with associations, organizations and operators working with sensory disabilities in the area, both locally and nationally.

For information and reservations accessibilita@teatrogrande.it.

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Since 2016 the Teatro Grande – along with the Province of Brescia and with the collaboration of the Fondazione Provincia di Brescia Eventi – organizes the Il Grande in Provincia project, the summer festival that brings the excellence of the Teatro Grande to the Brescia area. A great journey in music that touches fascinating historical and natural settings in the province of Brescia every year, bringing audiences even to small villages little frequented by tourism. The aim is to enhance, through music, the beauties of our territory, even the most hidden ones, and to generate opportunities of well-being for the community, which is invited to participate in the initiative free of charge.

From June 19 to September 4, the 2024 festival calendar will consist of 15 appointments, all free of charge, starting at 9 p.m. and with specific access modes for each venue.

After its extraordinary year as Italian Capital of Culture, the Il Grande in Provincia review involves 15 municipalities in 2024: Barghe, Sale Marasino, Rodengo Saiano, Brione, Lavenone, Borgo San Giacomo, Montichiari, Provaglio d’Iseo, Gardone Val Trompia, Nave, Cellatica, and Manerbio.

Methods of accessing the events of the festival are different for each event and can be consulted on the pages of the individual shows on this website, as well as and on the websites of the respective municipalities, with timely updates, even in case of bad weather.

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Presented today the 2024 Opera and Ballet shows at the Teatro Grande.
Both will once again be protagonists of the traditional Season that every year brings thousands of spectators to the theatre in the autumn period through the staging of titles never performed or absent for many years from the stage of the Teatro Grande.

The opera titles on the bill this year are I Capuleti e I Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini, La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini, Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordano, Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Giselle is the Ballet that will be brought to the Grande stage by the Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine.

All the opera titles will welcome the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali and on stage the OperaLombardia Chorus directed by Maestros Massimo Fiocchi Malaspina and Diego Maccagnola. The Teatro Grande is in fact a partner in the OperaLombardia circuit, which constitutes a unique model on a national level for the co-production and circulation of operas. The project – supported by the Lombardy Region and the Cariplo Foundation – involves the five theatres of tradition in Lombardy (the Teatro Grande in Brescia, the Teatro Sociale in Como, the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo and the Teatro Fraschini in Pavia) and has as partners the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali and the Teatro alla Scala.

As a corollary to the Season, the initiatives aimed at educating and retaining the public are confirmed: the Pazzi per l’Opera lecture series with melomaniacs who narrate the plots of Opera and outline their characteristics and distinctive elements, In diretta dalla Scala (Live from La Scala) which will offer free streaming of the 7 December premiere, and Alla Scala con il Grande, thanks to which subscribers to the Teatro Grande’s Opera and Ballet Season will be able to attend some performances at reduced prices.

For all the titles of the Opera and Ballet Season, the OPEN accessibility project will also be active, with the aim of building dialogue and encouraging the participation of blind and deaf people in the area. From this year the project also intends to touch the sphere of cognitive disabilities for a continuous increase in inclusion practices. OPEN will make all the titles in the autumn programme accessible through the use of surtitles, the creation of audio descriptions for the blind and the activation of the Sennheiser Mobile Connect assisted listening system for the hearing impaired, which will be present in the auditorium and usable from smartphones. To improve understanding of the performance, LIS videos and tactile boards will also be produced and used during the multisensory paths dedicated to each title.

The 2024 Opera and Ballet Season will benefit from the valuable support of Intesa Sanpaolo, which will once again support the Season as an Institutional Partner.

DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE INFORMATION ON THE 2024 OPERA AND BALLET SEASON

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The Teatro Grande reopens its doors to visitors to reveal places, curiosities and its 300-year-long fascinating history.
In the first half of 2024 a rich calendar of dates will be organised, available online at teatatrogrande.it with the relevant booking procedures.

The Teatro Grandereproposes the more traditional Discovering the Teatro Grande tours scheduled in February, March, May and June. Through this tour (duration 60 minutes, full price €13, reduced price €8 for Under30, free admission for Under7) it is possible to admire the Ridotto of the Theatre – one of the most evocative architectural wonders of the city of Brescia – the Sala Grande with its unmistakable layout and the splendid Sala delle Statue which, with its more than 200 years of history, has recently undergone restoration.

Che favola di Teatro! is the itinerary that reveals some of the most evocative stories of Brescia’s Teatro Grande, preserved in an ancient revolving display case that children will be invited to operate. Seated in the spaces of the theatre, participants listen to stories and curiosities and can invent new stories surrounded by the magical atmosphere of the Grande. The tour (€10 per participant and €5 for each accompanying adult) lasts 60 minutes and takes place on 16 March and 1 June at 3 pm. The presence of at least one adult for every 2 minors is required for participation.

With the Caccia al tesoro, we invite boys and girls to discover the wonders of the theatre through quizzes and small games of skill. The experience concludes with a snack at the Caffè del Teatro Grande – Berlucchi for the little explorers and girl explorers. The tour (€15 per participant and €5 for each accompanying adult) lasts 60 minutes and takes place on Saturday 2 March and Saturday 18 May at 3 pm. The presence of at least one adult for every 2 minors is also required for this activity.

From the post-war period to the present day, the halls of the city’s theatre have not only hosted shows but also dances in the foyer, the old cinema and even famous boxers. The Raccontami del Grande tour – recommended for visitors over 65 – is an opportunity to bring our fathers and mothers, grandmothers and grandfathers to the theatre and relive together the memories of past years linked to the magnificent Teatro Grande. The 90-minute tour, scheduled in February, March and May, ends with a moment of conviviality over tea at the Caffè del Teatro Grande – Berlucchi. Cost of participation €15 per person.

Tickets for the tours can be purchased on this page or at the Theatre Box Office. A free ticket is reserved for people with certified disabilities by contacting the Teatro Grande Box Office. In order to make the visit as welcoming as possible and to respond to any needs or information, please write to biglietteria@teatrogrande.it. We would also like to point out that some of the spaces may not be fully accessible due to technical requirements related to the theatre’s activities.

From the post-war period to the present day, the halls of the city’s Teatro Massimo have not only hosted shows but also dances in the foyer, the old cinema and even famous boxers. The Raccontami del Grande route – recommended for visitors over 65 – is an opportunity to bring our fathers and mothers, grandmothers and grandfathers to the theatre and relive together the memories of past years linked to the magnificent Teatro Grande. The 90-minute tour, scheduled in February, March and May, ends with a moment of conviviality over tea at the Caffè del Teatro Grande – Berlucchi. Cost of participation €15 per person.

Tickets for the tours can be purchased on this page or at the Theatre Box Office. A free ticket is reserved for people with certified disabilities by contacting the Teatro Grande Box Office. In order to make the visit as welcoming as possible and to respond to any needs or information, please write to biglietteria@teatrogrande.it. We would also like to point out that some of the spaces may not be fully accessible due to technical requirements related to the theatre’s activities.

Access to the Teatro Grande is from the main entrance (Corso Zanardelli, 9) or from the accessible entrance without stairs in Piazzetta Paganora.

Please note the opening hours of the Teatro Grande Ticket Office: Tuesday to Friday from 1.30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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On the page dedicated to the Caffè del Teatro Grande – Berlucchi on this website you will find the new opening dates of our Café from January until the end of June 2024.

Also this year the Friday evening openings will be dedicated to the beloved Aperitivi in Jazz, which will enliven the Ridotto of the Teatro Grande for an aperitif with live music. All the dates of the Aperitivi are indicated on the Café page; we remind you that for this activity, table reservations are compulsory by calling 328 7659130 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We would like to remind you that in order to keep up to date with changes to the schedule, special events and any requests, we recommend checking the Café’s social channels, Instagram and Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Between 2013 and 2023, the Teatro Grande underwent extensive restoration work that brought to light more than a thousand square metres of paintings and frescoes, hidden for more than a century, in the Sala delle Statue, the Ridotto and the adjoining rooms.

On the occasion of the end of the works and the nomination of Bergamo Brescia Capitale Italiana della Cultura 2023, the Fondazione del Teatro Grande di Brescia commissioned the photographer Paola Pansini to write the volume Il Teatro Grande. A photographic portrait, published in September 2023 by Silvana Editoriale, edited by Massimo Torrigiani and with a text by Francesco Zanot.

The Teatro Grande di Brescia is one of the city’s most prestigious and oldest cultural institutions and is considered by artists and audiences to be one of the most beautiful theatres in the world. The theatre gave rise to the universal success of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, presented here for the first time in May 1904 in a new version, after the fiasco of its debut at La Scala only three months earlier.

Paola Pansini, through her photographs and the adoption of a frontal and close-up point of view, takes the readers inside the theatre, but instead of watching a performance, they find themselves looking, in admiration, at the theatre itself.

In Paola Pansini’s photographs, composition, light and colour find balance in a natural, silent sharpness. The images of the Theatre are made of matter, spatiality, exactitude and harmony. A reflection of her studies in sculpture and visual communication, of a precise and original gaze, and of technical perfection.

The volume Il Teatro Grande. A Photographic Portrait can be purchased from the Bookshop and the Box Office of the Teatro Grande, in the main bookshops in Brescia, Milan and the main Italian cities.

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BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY: TOUR IN ITALY SUSPENDED

Due to the events taking place in Israel and the related security measures adopted in the country, the Batsheva Dance Company has been forced to suspend and postpone its tour in Italy.
Therefore the shows of 14 October at Teatro Municipale Valli, Festival Aperto Reggio Emilia; 17 October at Teatro Fonderie Limone, Torinodanza; 20 and 21 October at Triennale Milano Teatro and 23 October at Teatro Grande in Brescia have been cancelled, while waiting for the tickets to be refunded as soon as possible.

Below is the ticket refund procedure.

Refunds for paper tickets may only be requested at the Teatro Grande Box Office (Corso Zanardelli, 9b) for the return of the original ticket by Thursday 25 October inclusive. Refunds will not be possible without the original ticket.

Refunds for paper carnet tickets can only be requested at the Teatro Grande Box Office to return the original ticket by Thursday 25 October inclusive. Refunds will not be possible without the original ticket.

Refunds of carnet tickets purchased via the vivaticket platform may be requested by sending a photograph or digital copy of the same to biglietteria@teatrogrande.it by Thursday 25 October inclusive. The following information is also requested: first name, last name, tax code, full address of the purchaser and IBAN (complete with the name of the account holder and supporting bank) on which the refund will be made.

We would like to remind you of the Ticket Office opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 1.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and public holidays except on performance days.

For any information the Box Office is available at biglietteria@teatrogrande.it or at 030 2979333.

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The fourth edition of La Grande Notte del Jazz (The Great night of Jazz) is scheduled for Saturday 5th June, the special event conceived by the Teatro Grande Foundation to welcome the most interesting proposals of jazz music, this year all coming from the national context.

The 2021 edition will also bring the audience outside the walls of the Teatro Grande, in the evocative atmosphere of the courtyard of Palazzo Broletto. In addition, the various concerts that make up the event can be freely chosen by the audience.

The musical marathon on 5th June will begin at 4.00 pm at the Teatro Grande with the first concert with two bands performing that in recent years have distinguished themselves in the national context. First to go on stage will be the musicians of the Take off ensemble – Daniele Richiedei violin, Giulio Corini double bass, Fulvio Sigurtà trumpet, Gabriele Rubino clarinet, Massimiliano Milesi tenor sax, Maurizio Rinaldi guitar and electronics, Giacomo Papetti electric bass, Emanuele Maniscalco drums and synthesizers – with the Double Voices project. After a short technical break, the concert will continue with the all-female duo O-Janà – Ludovica Manzo (vocals) and Alessandra Bossa (piano, electronics) – interpreters of a musical project that combines electronics, improvisation and songwriting in a refined and original way.

Simultaneously, at 5.00 pm, the concert of the Ghimel trio will be held in the courtyard of Palazzo Broletto, composed of the musicians Elias Nardi (in oud, the Arabic lute), Daniele Di Bonaventura (at the bandoneon) and Ares Tavolazzi (at the electric bass). In the evening, again in the courtyard of Palazzo Broletto, the concert will be held at 8.00 pm with the duo Francesco Guerri (cello) and Fabrizio Puglisi (piano) performing in the first part; in the second we will listen to Silvia Bolognesi Young Shouts with the musicians Emanuele Marsico (trumpet and vocals), Attilio Sepe (alto sax), Silvia Bolognesi (double bass and compositions) and Sergio Bolognesi (drums).

The last appointment of La Grande Notte del Jazz 2021 is scheduled at the Teatro Grande at 9.00 pm with the concert of the Franco D’Andrea New Things trio. Next to the leader are the young Friulian trumpeter Mirko Cisilino and the Veronese guitarist Enrico Terragnoli, adventurous dean of six strings and electronics.

The 2021 edition of The Great Night of Jazz could not miss a further focus with Franco D’Andrea, given the richness and intensity of his artistic career. For this reason, the famous pianist has been asked to give a Lectio Magistralis to be held on Saturday morning 5th June at 12.00 at the Pietro da Cemmo Hall of the Luca Marenzio Conservatory. During the Lectio Magistralis Maestro Franco D’Andrea will deepen the theme of the Interval Areas, the central topic of his artistic research and musical production. A free appointment (with compulsory registration through the teatrogrande.it site starting from Thursday 27th May) that jazz music lovers will certainly not be able to miss. The meeting will also be broadcast live on the Facebook page of the Luca Marenzio Conservatory.

To participate in La Grande Notte del Jazz, from Thursday 20th May, the audience can purchase tickets for individual events at the Teatro Grande Box Office or online on the teatrogrande.it or vivaticket.com websites.

The Grande Notte del Jazz is a project of the Fondazione del Teatro Grande in Brescia created with the artistic collaboration of Emanuele Maniscalco and Luigi Radassao.

Thanks to the Luca Marenzio Conservatory, the Municipality, the Province and the Prefecture of Brescia.

DOWNLOAD THE 2021 PROGRAM