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The first decades of the nineteenth-century, in Polesine, are characterized by an unusual architectonic turmoil related to the birth of its theatres: in 1813 in Adria, in 1814 in Lendinara and Badia and in 1819 in Rovigo, where the Teatro Sociale overlooking Piazza Garibaldi, was founded. It is a historical period characterized by great cultural turmoil and even when today’s modern structures do not reflect the primitive constructions, they still pay token to the rich history of these places.

The Teatro Sociale of Badia Polesine presents an interior rich with wonderful decoration and paintings and the stage hosts the original wooden machinery intact; the beautiful adorns of gold foil which decorate the interior gave it its name  “Piccola Fenice”(“Small Phoenix ”) or “scatola d’oro” (“Golden box”). Since XIV century The "Granarazzo" of Lendinara had been a building used for the storage of fodder and provenders; Girolamo Ballarin bought it in 1812 and transformed it into a theatre. Nowadays the Teatro Ballarin - after a long period of inactivity and careful renovation works- has regained its dignity of being the town’s cultural activity centre. On the contrary, no mark was left of Adria’s nineteenth-century theatrical buildings where nowadays, the Teatro Comunale, inaugurated in 1935, is active- with a rich agenda of events and representations. The Teatro Cotogni of Castelmassa was inaugurated the 23rd August 1884 with Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” and with the extraordinary participation of the famous baritone, Antonio Cotogni. For its beauty and prestige, one must not miss a visit to the Teatro Sociale of Rovigo which was built between 1817 and 1819 and after alternate events, inaugurated with its current liberty design by Pietro Mascagni, who here, conducted his “Iris” on 12th October 1904.

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