You won’t find just classical music behind the Brutalist bronze doors of the Teatro Goldoni. As the name of this prominent San Marco theater suggests, it also plays host to ballets and a full range of live theater. Shakespearean tragedies and the comedies of namesake playwright Carlo Goldoni grace the stage.
The Goldoni is Venice’s oldest theater still standing and one of its most opulent. It was originally constructed in 1622 by the Vendramin family, one of Venetian theater’s greatest patrons. The Vendramins had ties to practically every important theater in Venice throughout the centuries. Today, the theater houses the Teatro Stabile del Veneto.
Concerts at the Goldoni are surprisingly intimate with just 800 seats inside the lavish theater. The decor echoes its golden age in the 19th century. After a period of disuse around World War II, the theater was restored and reopened in 1979.