CHRONOLOGY OF THE RESTORATION OPERATION
The need to undertake a restoration operation emerged as early as the 1990s.
During the Bruni Administration, an international tender was held for the preliminary restoration project, which was awarded to the Temporary Association of Professionals coordinated by Engineer Nicola Berlucchi – Studio Berlucchi of Brescia.
In the following years, the Tentorio Administration developed the preliminary project to the level of final project and created the operational tool needed to raise funds and for the future management of the theatre seasons. The main problem was financial coverage: the total cost of the operation was estimated at around 18 million Euros, so it was currently impossible to find public funding, except to an extremely limited extent. At the beginning of 2014, therefore, the “Fondazione Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo” (Donizetti Theatre Foundation) was created, with the aim to obtain the funds needed for the renovation. The Gori Administration received the baton and carried out the operation with the newly created Foundation.
The project, drawn up by Studio Berlucchi of Brescia, was entrusted to Fantino Costruzioni SpA (group leader) in a temporary association with Notarimpresa SpA.
The work involved the entire structure and was mainly aimed at creating rooms for the orchestra in the area below the stalls, a mobile orchestra pit, a new building for the dressing rooms, a new ticket office, as well as brand new rooms for the main bar and the public bar in the gallery. Also new are the west wing with offices, rehearsal rooms, catering rooms and activities for the public. All the boxes, the ceiling of the stalls and the foyer have been completely restored.
The executive project consisted of 5 main thematic cores:
- ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT
- RESTORATION PROJECT
- STRUCTURAL PROJECT
- PLANT ENGINEERING PROJECT
- SAFETY AND COORDINATION PLAN