The Teatro San Moisè was a theater of opera in Venice , active from 1640 until 1818 . It was in a prominent place near the Palazzo Giustinian and the Church of Saint Moses at the entrance to the Grand Canal .
Created by the Giustinian family, the first production in 1640 was the opera by Claudio Monteverdi (now lost), Arianna . It then passed into the hands of the Zane family and was used by the Ferrari company. The librettist Giovanni Faustino was one of the first theater entrepreneurs.
From the beginning it was, despite being one of the smallest theaters in Venice, also one of the most influential. In 1668 it was expanded to 800 seats, and later, in 1674, the theater was acquired by businessman Francesco Santurini, who caused a revolution by lowering the price of tickets by half (2 lire), which led to a "boom" of the opera and a greater proliferation of active theaters in the city.
At the beginning of the 18th century Gasparini , Vivaldi and Albinoni were active in San Moisè. During the 1740s, the Neapolitan comic opera arrived in Venice and San Moisè was one of the first theaters where this genre was concentrated, with works for example by Baldassare Galuppi , in collaboration with Carlo Goldoni . This trend continued for most of the century. In the 1770s and 1780s the theater was under the control of the prolific librettist Giovanni Bertati, the poet Cesareo (imperial poet) of the Italian opera in Vienna , who concentrated on giocoso drammi with Pasquale Anfosso and other composers.
San Moisè finally closed in 1818 after producing a series of Rossini farces . First, it was turned into a puppet theater, and then it was rebuilt as the Minerva Theater . By the end of the 20th century it had become part of a store and a block of flats.
Premieres at the Teatro San Moisè
- 1716: The triumphant constancy of love and hatred by Vivaldi
- 1717: Tieteberga de Vivaldi
- 1718: Artabano, king of the Parti de Vivaldi
- 1718: Armida at the Vivaldi camp in Egypt
- 1718: The deceptions for revenge of Vivaldi
- 1765: Love at stake by Giovanni Paisiello
- 1766: Serves rivals of Tommaso Traetta
- 1773: The lucky innocent by Giovanni Paisiello
- 1774: The wedding in contrast by Giovanni Valentini
- 1775: The civilized peasant woman de Pasquale Anfossi
- 1775: Abandoned Dido de Pasquale Anfossi
- 1775: El avaro de Pasquale Anfossi
- 1776: The disturbed marriage of Giovanni Paisiello
- 1777: The desperate husband de Pasquale Anfossi
- 1778: Ezio de Pasquale Anfossi
- 1778: The strength of women by Pasquale Anfossi
- 1779: Azor King of Kibinga by Pasquale Anfossi
- 1781: The gray-haired lovers by Pasquale Anfossi
- 1781: The triumph of Arianna de Pasquale Anfossi
- 1787: The American orphan by Pasquale Anfossi
- 1787: Don Giovanni Tenorio de Giuseppe Gazzaniga
- 1801: Martino Carbonaro de Giuseppe Gazzaniga
- 1802: The metamorphoses of Pasquale de Gaspare Spontini
- 1810: The marriage bill de Gioachino Rossini
- 1812: The happy deception de Gioachino Rossini
- 1812: The silk staircase by Gioachino Rossini
- 1812: The occasion makes the thief de Gioachino Rossini
- 1813: Mr. Bruschino de Gioachino Rossini
- 1815: Bettina widow de Giovanni Pacini
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