Bergamo, Teatro Donizetti
Founded in 1786 as the Riccardi (the name of the impresario who had it built), the Teatro Donizetti is dedicated to the great composer from Bergamo and was one of the first brick-built theatres in Italy. It was constructed in the lower part of the city, in the heart of the area that was transformed in the early part of the 20th century by the town-planning projects of Marcello Piacentini. The style of the building is essentially 18th century although the façade was not completed until 1898 despite the addition of a side foyer in the 1990s.
Today it is one of the most important cultural institutions in the city; as well as holding opera, symphonic and concert seasons, it is hosts other initiatives such as the Bergamo Jazz Festival, the prestigious International Arturo Benedetti Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo, dance festivals and other high-level events.