Teatro Massimo

Teatro Massimo - arvostelut (Palermo)

Teatro Massimo
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Mairwen1
Yhdistynyt kuningaskunta3 962 contributions
Ghosts and the Godfather
2/2020
This is an impressive pile. However it was still a surprise to learn that it’s the largest opera house in Italy, outstripping Milan’s La Scala or Venice’s La Fenice. It's the 3rd largest in the world and all the greats like Pavarotti, Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland have performed here.
The monumental façade has a sweeping staircase, which featured in the final scenes of Godfather III and leads to a Pantheon-like entry. At the top are Corinthian columns, a triangular portico and a lofty Latin inscription across the architrave, “Art renews the people and reveals life. Love of art is in vain if it does not aim to prepare the future”
The classical architecture and ancient Greek styling made me think it was much older than it is. I was again surprised to learn that it was actually built in late 19th century, with the first performance, Falstaff by Verdi, on 16th May, 1897.
However, it’s still old enough to have a good ghost story. Apparently a nun’s grave was destroyed during the construction and she now haunts the theatre’s backstage. Non-believers and skeptics are liable to trip on a particular part of the staircase known as the nun’s step.
I particularly liked the 2 bronze lions, standing either side of the grand staircase. The one on the right looked vicious. His teeth are bared, his tail tuck out, ramrod straight and he looks ready to attack at any moment. It amused us that even the figure sitting on his back, holding a Greek theatre mask, seems a bit alarmed and looks ready to jump off and make good an escape. The lion on the left looks a bit better humoured but perhaps that is because the figure on his back playing the pipes. Maybe a case of music calming the savage beast?
You can only see inside by joining the guided tour or having tickets to a performance. The tour (8€) is available several times a day in English and Italian. Although it’s not long (only 30 min), we ran out of time to do this. However, you can see the outside very clearly from the street as there are no other buildings blocking the façade or sides. It is also worth walking past at night if your travels take you that way because it is dramatically lit at night time and looks quite beautiful.
Written 31. lokakuuta 2020
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petesaund
Yhdistynyt kuningaskunta605 contributions
What a privilege
9/2020
We were so fortunate to be in Palermo to experience a semi stage production of Don Giovanni in a time of Covid
The covid precautions were very strict as expected and the success of future productions may follow this template although there are financial implications
The orchestra stalls were removed to make way for socially distanced orchestra and the orchestra pit was covered to expand the stage
Considering the circumstances the singing and music was of highest standard assisted by amazing acoustics of the opera house
The fact that most of the 1500 seat capacity was boxes made it easier to be covid compliant with maximum two to a box from different households and three for same household.This reduced the capacity to 250-300
The staging props were replaced by a screen with moving images from Venice with enhanced lighting effects
It is an incredibly beautiful opera house performing an opera to highest standards in such challenging circumstances
Written 23. lokakuuta 2020
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Ana L
Navan, Irlanti2 683 contributions
Good guided visit
8/2020
You can get a guided tour for 8 eur. It is only half an hour, but is enough for you to enjoy this outstanding theatre. They do visits until 6pm.
Written 6. lokakuuta 2020
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Excursion02567786141
3 contributions
Impressive building with amazing accoustics
10/2020
With more than 7000 square meters, this theatre is Europes biggest after Paris and Vienna. It's impressive for it's architecture and astonishing acoustics. Loved every bit of it.
Written 5. lokakuuta 2020
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Sal F
Bryssel, Belgia185 contributions
Masterpiece in Palermo
9/2020 • Perhe
Its a must if you’re in town you can also visit th terrace to have a gorgeous view from the too but unfortunately it’s shut due to covid :(
Written 26. syyskuuta 2020
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fleuraimee
Edam, Alankomaat14 contributions
Quick and informative
8/2020 • Kaverit
I watched all 3 parts of The Godfather with my father a few years back, so when me I my friend booked our trip I told her it was a must to visit the theatre. I personally am not a big fan of tours; I prefer to do my own thing. But the lady that gave us the tour was very sweet and knew a lot about the building. Her English was not the best and due to COVID-19 she was wearing a facemask so she was a bit hard to understand at times, but she really tried and told everthing with lots passion. The tour only takes about 20/30 minutes and costs only about 5 euros pp, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Written 7. elokuuta 2020
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16 126 contributions
The Teatro Massimo hall is AMAZING in its beauty. NOT 2 B MISSED.
8/2019
The construction of the Masimo Theater's impressive building was completed in 1897. The Opera House was dedicated to King Vittorio Emanuel II. This huge building is 7700 square meters and is considered the largest Concert / Opera hall in Italy and one of the three largest halls in Europe. It is highly recommended to join a guided tour of the place and be impressed by the stunning design and great richness of the complex. Concert lovers are advised to check the schedule and try to get tickets for a concert. The couple of our friends (who traveled with us) bought tickets the day before the concert and were thrilled by the quality of the hall's acoustics. "Highly recommended".
Written 11. heinäkuuta 2020
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Kiwi1955
Aucklandin alue, Uusi-Seelanti38 contributions
Teatro Massimo visit
9/2019 • Pariskunnat
Amazing place to see and a tour is well worth doing. These are available in different languages. If you have time you can have a coffee and meal at the restaurant.
Written 14. kesäkuuta 2020
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traveltheglobe
Singapore, Singapore723 contributions
Bringing theatre to the masses
1/2020 • Kaverit
Fascinating to know that while Teatro Massimo is not as well known, it is the largest theatre in Italy. We didn’t manage to catch a show here as the year-end performances were hugely popular. But we managed to watch the performances broadcast live on a big screen right outside the theatre. We later learned that this practice stems from their belief that theatre is for everyone, not just the elites and they’ve a mission to bring it to the masses, by keeping fees low and by live streaming their performances. Bravo!
Written 24. toukokuuta 2020
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elaishaley
Wien, Itävalta532 contributions
Worth the visit
8/2019 • Perhe
I went and had a tour around the Teatro with my teen brother. And he enjoyed it too. It’s like a little time travel.
The experience was nice. It’s the 3rd largest theatre after Paris and Vienna.
Written 27. huhtikuuta 2020
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