La Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana di Venezia

We are honoured to announce our new partnership with the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana of Venice

The Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana is one of the earliest surviving public libraries and repositories for manuscripts in Italy, as well as holding one of the greatest collections of classical texts in the world. Named after St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice, it is renowned as the library where every musicologist wanting to study Baroque opera wants to come and work. It is a jewel in an of itself.

Dr Stefano Campagnolo, Director of Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, commented: “I think the Teatro San Cassiano initiative can be summarised with only one term: extraordinary. Venice certainly needs to have an instrument such as the theatre Dr Atkin has imagined. It would also be wonderful for the Marciana National Library to have a place where the hundreds of very precious handwritten scores included in our collections (and particularly among the Contarini manuscripts) can be represented, especially with historically informed performances.

Our CEO, Paul Atkin, explained: “The Marciana is renowned as one of the world greatest fonts for libretti and manuscripts, wherein lies hidden works of beauty written by the greatest poets and composers of their day. It is going to be the thrill of a lifetime to work with Director Stefano Campagnolo and to bring these priceless treasures back to the stage and once more to life. It is everything that the Teatro San Cassiano seeks to achieve. It is also significant because it further deepens our growing bond with Venice and its premier institutions, which in turn increases our obligation to serve this miraculous city in everything we do to make the Teatro San Cassiano once more a daily part of Venetian life.