A 300-year long history. This is Brescia’s Teatro Grande, located in the heart of the old centre where the first public theatre of the city was opened in 1664.
Listed as one of the most important Italian theatres and recognised as national monument in 1912, Teatro Grande has a rich season, with performances ranging from opera and ballet to concerts, dance, cultural initiatives, and children programmes.
There are many great events at Teatro Grande which combine music and culture. They attract tens of thousands of people every year.
In addition to the rich season featuring opera, ballet, dance, and concerts organised by Fondazione Teatro Grande, let’s not forget the International Piano Festival with directors,soloists, and orchestras among the most renowned in the world. Also, Opera Festival, one of the most awaited for events, from dawn to midnight transforms the whole city into a huge stage where the most famous opera pieces are performed.
Other appreciated initiatives are Pazzi per l’Opera (Crazy for Opera), a series of meetings where opera lovers meet the public to discuss the operas in the programme, and childhood programmes such as “Il Grande per i piccoli” with workshops, installations, and performances dedicated to children and their families.
For the full programme, visit the official website of Teatro Grande.
Every summer, Teatro Grande opens its doors for Grand Tour, an exciting series of guided tours to discover the treasures of this one-of-a-kind place. A not-to-miss experience where you can admire the most beautiful rooms of the theatre, from the boxes to Sala Grande, from the recently restored Ridotto (foyer) to Sala della Deputazione and learn about anecdotes and stories narrated by the protagonists themselves. The visit to the stage and the back of the stage is very impactful. Technicians and experts will explain how stage machinery works.
Cost of the visit: € 5 full ticket, € 3 reduced ticket (under 18 and groups of 10 people minimum.) Free for children under 6 years of age.
Centrally located inside the shopping district of Brescia, Teatro Grande is served by several bus routes (Via Mazzini and Via San Martino della Battaglia stops) as well as the light rail (Vittoria stop). For those who travel by car, there is ample parking in the underground parking of Piazza Vittoria (night parking between 6pm and 7am: € 1/h, flat fee over 2 hours from 8pm to 7am: € 2).