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Teatro di Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati

Via Toscana 17-19 40141 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 6235780 + 39 051 444134

Reference maps: N-11

Date of last update: 14/06/2018, 13:07

This intimate, originally preserved gem of a theatre in the left wing of villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati  is the only example of a suburban private theatre  found in the area of Bologna. The small theatre, expression of the cultural vivacity of the Enlightenment period, was built for Giovan Francesco Aldrovandi, an amateur actor, playwright and theatre lover. The theatre was inaugurated in 1763 with the tragedy written by Voltaire in 1736, Alzira, and translated by Vincenzo Fontanelli, a leading figure in the Este's court in Modena and father-in-law of the owner.
Over a rectangular plan, two tiers of galleries run evenly in a U shape. The refined decoration of the auditorium features delicious pastel frescoes on the walls and twenty tritons and caryatides who seem to carry the two balconies with their spiralling bodies. Depending on the occasion, they held garlands, lanterns or flowers in their hands.
The theatre seats 80 spectators and is famous for its acoustics. The non-profit association “Cultura e Arte del ’700” offers a rich season with drama and opera performances, concerts and lectures.

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The Theatre is open from September to June: for information on days and hours please call +39 051 6235780 or 051 444134 from 10am to 12pm fron Monday to Friday

Teatro di Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati