Recently these photographs of the New Florence Opera House or Nuovo Teatro dell'Opera di Firenze appeared in the press, including Opera News. The opening took place on December 21, 2011.
My friend Rona Commins was in Florence in May and made a point of searching for the new opera house. Here is what she found.
It looks like a derelict construction site. Things are dire for the arts in Italy now, and the flow of money seems simply to have halted. No subsequent performances have taken place in the house.
The Florence spring festival Maggio Musicale seems to have gone on but hardly as usual. Operas were presented in the old house in concert versions only. The ballet has been disbanded.
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