The Teatro della Pergola is the historic opera house of Florence. It is one of the oldest theatres in Italy and one of the richest historically.
The theatre was built between 1652 and 1656 under the patronage of the Accademia degli Immobili, the first to be built with oval-shaped tiers of boxes around the stalls.
At first it was a court theatre and was only opened to the public after 1718. The most famous composers and operas of the time were performed, ranging from Vivaldi to Meyerbeer.
In the first half of 1800 it presented classical Italian music; dramas by Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi, until the end of the century, when it started to switch to prose, thanks to the performances of the actress Eleonora Duse.
In the Sixties, the stage of La Pergola became one of the most important for Italian prose with perfomers like Eduardo De Filippo and Vittorio Gassman.
Nowadays it presents a wide range of more than 200 drama productions every year.
On June 2013 restoration work was started, with contributions from the Region of Tuscany given to create a theatrical reality for the city, so the Teatro della Pergola would continue to play a prominent role, thanks to its formal and aesthetic features.
The theatre entrusted the production of the whole photographic documentation of this work to Cristian Ceccanti and Ivan Rossi of Foto D'Arte Firenze.
In this video Ivan and I are taking pictures of the valued frescos in the Sala Oro.