THE DECORATIVE SCHEME
The decorative scheme of the Donizetti Theatre dates back to 1901, when the task of embellishment was entrusted to Francesco Domenighini, an artist of Bergamo origin and training who specialised in theatre decoration. Domenighini conceived a unitary project for the auditorium, the boxes, and the ceiling; his approach, despite the changes made during the 20th century, is easily traceable in today’s auditorium.
The artist decorated the parapets of the boxes, the proscenium and the proscenium arch with floral motifs, putti, festoons, and faux marble surfaces. For the ceiling of the auditorium, he opted for a perimeter band actingy as a frame for the trompe l’oeil wallpaper depicting the art of music, with a young girl playing the zither.