Bergamo boasts two historic theatres. The first one dates back to the XVIII century. It is located along the main promenade of Bergamo, the city which gave birth to Gaetano Donizetti, the great composer to whom the theatre is now dedicated.
The second one was erected in the XIX century and is also found along one of the main streets of Bergamo, in this case in the Upper City (Città Alta, in Italian). It is called Teatro Sociale (Sociale Theatre) to pay homage to the noble society which had it built.
The Donizetti Theatre is a true home of culture, a dynamic place, experienced as a public, prestigious and familiar space. A temple of multidisciplinarity, quality and cultural and artistic excellence, a place of aggregation, which can be enjoyed all year round by the city in different spaces.
The Teatro della Società (Theatre of Society), this was its original name, opened its doors to the public during the Carnival season, in 1809. Built thanks to the support of a large group of nobles from Bergamo, Sociale Theatre remained active, not always successfully, up to the 1920s. From 1974 the theatre mainly hosted art exhibitions and expositions, until the beginning of the restoration works planned jointly in 2006 by the Municipality and the Superintendent.
The Donizetti’s Birthplace was born in 1797 is a place of historical and cultural value. The oldest part dates back to the 14th-15th centuries and has maintained its original appearance: an ideal backdrop for imagining daily habits and behaviours of the past. Since 2009, the Natal Home, managed by the Fondazione Teatro Donizetti, has been open to the public after restoring works that made it fully accessible.
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