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Recently dedicated to the great conductor Claudio Abbado, the history of the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara dates back to 1790 under the direction of the architect Giuseppe Campana.
Direction of the theatre’s construction then passed to the architect Antonio Foschini and then to Cosimo Morelli. The theatre was completed in 1797 and despite the assortment of architects, remains very unified in style, fitting well into the surrounding urban fabric among the pre-existing architecture like the Castello and the Church of San Carlo. The front of the building is a key component of the city’s life.
The façade facing the Castello has a wide portico and is connected on the side facing the Church of San Carlo through an elegant elliptical court, named Rotonda Foschini; both served as a shelter for the public that would wait there before the start of performances or when leaving, and awaiting carriages to return home.
The interior is a classic example of an Italian-style theatre – elegant and functional. The ceiling and box seating were splendidly decorated with frescoes and stucco by Francesco Migliari in 1850. The innovative acoustics – the “sound curves” – were attributed to Cosimo Morelli. The theatre attracts large audiences, housing more than 160 plays: prose, ballet, concerts, festivals. It is also the largest and the most elegant conference hall in the very heart of Ferrara. All year round, it houses many important conferences organized for events such as culture festivals, art conventions, and press meetings.