A summer of extraordinary openings awaits the Teatro Grande in this special year of Italian Capital of Culture. Beginning Tuesday, June 20, and running through Thursday, August 31, the Ridotto of the Teatro Grande, the Butterfly Room, the Teosa Room and the marvelous newly restored Statue Room will be open for free tours with free access Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Specialized staff from the Teatro Grande Foundation will be on hand to tell visitors about the history of this fascinating venue and to answer questions and curiosities, starting with the background of the debut of the opera Madama Butterfly, which will be revived next July 119 years after its first Brescian performance.
The openings will also allow visitors to admire the ceiling of the Hall of Statues, recently rediscovered at the end of the restoration campaign that ended in early 2023. The eighteenth-century coffered decoration covering the vault of the first room of the Theater building is, in fact, back on view after more than 150 years since it was covered and is now ready to enchant tourists in this special eventful year.
In the Ridotto will be set up the theater’s bookshop where it will be possible to buy books, gifts, merchandising of the Teatro Grande.
Within the opening period, two exhibitions – the themes of which will be announced soon – will be set up in the free-visit spaces, interweaving throughout the summer the exceptionality of their presence with the beauty of the historical environments and proposing new visual suggestions.
The free tours inside the Hall of Statues and the Redoubt – including the Butterfly and Teosa rooms – will be flanked from Tuesday, July 25 by a rich program of guided tours for a fee, which – after the great success recorded in the first months of the year – will be presented in a new formula, allowing the public to discover not only the Great Hall with its history, but also spaces that are little known or usually not open to the public. The tours will be in Italian, but on Tuesdays and Thursdays a round of visits will also be intended for the international public with the narration of the visitable spaces in English.
Also returning on specific dates will be the highly anticipated Grand Tour tours led by theater staff. A multi-voiced journey of discovery of the theater machine and its technical spaces, led by the workers behind the scenes and the figures who populate this fascinating world.
Residents and tourists visiting the city will thus be able to immerse themselves in the historical-artistic heritage of the Teatro Grande and rediscover one of Brescia’s most beloved places, whose history is deeply linked to that of the city itself.
Guided tours will be on sale starting Tuesday, June 20, at the Teatro Grande Ticket Office and online at vivaticket.com.