THE FIRST OPERA HOUSE
We want to reconstruct the original Teatro San Cassiano of 1637 and with it to restore historically-informed Baroque opera to Venice
In 1637, the Teatro San Cassiano gave public opera to the world. This momentous act sparked a global opera boom with Venice as its celebrated capital, which would ensure that forevermore the Teatro San Cassiano would be revered as the world’s first public opera house.
Today, there is no monument, no celebration, no theatre. It’s time to celebrate Baroque opera in Venice. It’s time to celebrate Venice’s greatest gift to the world.
Let it live again! For Venice, for opera, for us all!
Artistic Director, Teatro San Cassiano
Venice Baroque Orchestra, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
Its potential is breathtaking and irresistible.
Felix Mendelssohn Emeritus Professor of Music,
Royal Academy of Music, London
A remarkable opportunity to transform how we bring these spectacular works back to life.
David G. Frey Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
We see the Teatro San Cassiano as being the Globe’s musical Sister.
Chief Executive, Shakespeare’s Globe, London
This project is a gift for Venice!
President, Conservatorio di Musica "Benedetto Marcello" di Venezia