The Teatro Massimo Vincenzo Bellini was inaugurated on May 31 1890, although the design date already dates back to the period following the 1693 earthquake. After several evaluations, Piazza Cutelli was chosen as the site where the theater should be adapted, but due to the lack of funds, the theater was finally built in the Pacini Arena, transforming it into a Politeama that could meet the needs of the citizenry.

Subsequently, the project was finally approved and financed by the Società Anonima Politeama. With the last phase of the epidemic over, the theater was finally able to open its doors to the public on May 31, 1890 with the theatrical “Premiere,” the “Norma” by fellow citizen Vincenzo Bellini.

In the first decade of the twentieth century, thanks to impresario Giuseppe Cavallaro, operas of considerable importance were staged: Rossini’s “William Tell,” Berlioz’s “The Damnation of Faust,” Mascagni’s “Isabeau,” and also Bellini operas such as “Norma,” “Sonnambula,” and “Puritani.” The 1970s will allow for the first time a young Katia Ricciarelli to take the stage at Teatro Bellini on the occasion of Gaetano Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” and to present a great opera such as Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth,” with leading actors Olivia Stapp and Kostas Pascalis. The current artistic direction has been entrusted to Maestro Fabrizio Maria Carminati.

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