Monday, May 12, 2014

Incantato Concert Tours prime performance Venue: the magnificent Teatro de Rieti on Friday, June 20 at 6 pm

The Teatro Falvio Vespasiano di Rieti is a magical place where the PGC Cantabile singers will be presenting a special concert as part of their 2014 Performance Tour in Italy with Incantato Tours.

The current structure of the theater dates back to December of 1883 but was not officially inaugurated until September 20, 1893, featuring productions of Johnann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust and Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.

The theater, named after the Roman Emperor Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus, required ten years of construction under the direction of Milanese architect Achille Sfondrini
The theater underwent complete restoration from 2005 through 2009. A grand re-opening celebration commenced on January 10, 2009 featuring conductor Marcello Rota, and soloists Karina Grigoryan, Jessica Pratt, Anna Gorayacheva, and Roman Burdenko. 
The Secretary to the Prime Minister, as well as Senator Franco Marini were in attendance. The restoration efforts totaled more than 3.3 million Euros. The reopening of the theater also fostered the formation of the Flavius Vespasian Foundation, aiming to promote international artistry and music. 

The Rieti Theater also annually hosts the "Città di Rieti", an international dance competition, the International Competition for the New Opera Voices of Mattia Battistini and the National Competition for Young Actors. 

The theater is well known for its excellent acoustics, a characteristic that earned the structure the very first National Award for the Acoustics. In referring to the acoustics, Professor Bruno Cagli, president of the National Academy of Saint Cecilia, once called the theater “the world’s best in that respect”. 

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