The Ponchielli Theatre of Cremona was built in 1747 by Giovanni Battista Zaist, with a completely wooden structure, which was destroyed by a fire in 1806. The reconstruction was made by Luigi Canonica, a pupil of Piermarini. A new fire seriously damaged the building in 1824: the immediate restoration was signed by Faustino Rodi and Luigi Voghera.
Acquired in municipal ownership in 1986, over the years it has undergone radical restoration, renovation and technological upgrading. Since 2003 it is a Foundation.
The Ponchielli Theatre is a traditional theatre with an intense and high-quality programming, with proposals that are unique in the national and international scene: such as the Dance season, dedicated to contemporary dance and the Monteverdi Festival, dedicated to the repertoire of ancient and baroque music and based on Claudio Monteverdi, the most famous composer of the city.
The activity is divided in two mixed seasons (January-June, September-December) in which Opera, Dance, Music, Drama and Baroque Music interact with each other, encouraging the public to discover new genres and styles; and the Monteverdi Festival (June).
Ponchielli also pays particular attention to the scholastic world with the Oltreibanchi shows, to families and elderly public with light and engaging shows (La Domenica pomeriggio, diptych and music).
The theatre also hosts events and manifestations promoted by other subjects (pop music concerts, shows, conferences).
Fondazione Teatro A. Ponchielli
C.so Vittorio Emanuele II, 52
Ticket office The ticket office is open at the following times:
from Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 18.00;
Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 13.00 (tel. 0372 022001/002)
On Sundays with afternoon shows, the ticket office will remain open from 10.00 until the start of the show.
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