The Malibran Theatre, built in 1677, is one of the largest and most luxurious in Venice and is located in Cannaregio. Initially it was called Teatro di San Giovanni Crisostomo, then changed in 1835 to Teatro Malibran. Here the singer Maria Garcia Malibran performed "La Sonnambula", without asking for any compensation. Marco Polo's house, destroyed in 1597, once stood on the same site.
The present theatre is the result of two renovations, in 1919 and 2001. Today this theatre has wider boxes and an elongated gallery, reminiscent of its original structure. The Malibran attracts thousands of Italian spectators every year and has a capacity of about 900.
The Malibran Theatre has hosted a variety of artists and musicians and the most beautiful Italian operas. We remember performances by Giuseppe Verdi, such as 'La Traviata', 'Nabucco', 'Trovatore' and 'Falstaff', as well as operas by Bellini and Wagner.
This theatre is one of the most famous opera houses in Venice, thanks to the role it has played in Venetian society over the centuries. Previously, opera was reserved only for private and noble circles, attracting well-to-do people from all over Italy. Today the theatre is rightly accessible to all.