Teatro La Fenice, Venice
I went on honeymoon in Venice this year. Whilst in Venice I visited the unbelievably beautiful Teatro La Fenice, which is Venice’s opera-house. I was of course armed with a photo pass purchased on site and my camera for some theatre photography.
How could anyone fail to be wowed by a theatre like this? As you can see there is no balcony or upper circle seating area here – just the stalls on the ground floor or the boxes that line all the walls.
In the centre of the theatre is a huge chandelier. It is a reproduction of the original chandelier that hung here and is made from gilt bronze. What happened to the original? Well 'Fenice' means phoenix. Originally the opera-house was named Fenice because it was built in the site of Venice’s most popular opera-house that burnt down in 1774. So it ‘rose from the ashes’ just like the mythical bird. But its name proved prophetic as it burnt down twice more - once in 1836 and then again in 1996. According to Wikepdia two electricians were found guilty of arson for the fire in 1996. They set the fire due to heavy fines they were facing for delayed restoration work. Their boss absconded and was later arrested in 2007 on the Mexican border. So this was a turn of events as dramatic as any opera gracing its stage, no doubt.
As well as the chandelier there are beautiful little lights all around the walls on the side of the boxes. I loved these clusters of tiny lampshades that reminded me of little glow-in-the-dark toadstools sprouting organically through the opulent wall.
And who are some of the lovely ladies that fly around the chandelier? They include the Three Graces. The Three Graces are minor Greek goddesses who represent splendour, mirth and good cheer. Appropriate for an opera house.
Surrounding the edges of the room as well as the 23-carat gold leaf guilt work are some papier-mâché ladies.
So what does the rest of the room look like, you may be asking? Well just as stunning.
In the centre of the wall is the royal box. It somehow manages to even top the visual splendour of the rest of the house (see photo below.) And yet it was created initially for the enjoyment of so few. Infinity mirror anyone?
The foyer to the opera house is also beautiful, full of chandeliers and marble and a new husband patiently waiting for his new wife to stop taking photos .
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