To celebrate Sicily becoming part of Italy, Palermo Council announced a competition in 1864 to design a new opera house for Palermo. An opera house! Can you think of a better way to celebrate being Italian?
The winning design was by Italian architect Giovan Battista Filippo Basile. At the time, it was the largest theatre in Europe. It still has the largest stage of all Europe’s theatres. They use it to great effect. At one opera, they created a vast ship and made the stage look as if it were flooded with water. I have also seen a production where they made it snow throughout the theatre.
More important for me, though, is that the building is beautiful, and that the singers are outstandingly good. I am highly judgmental of opera singers as my father brought me up to be very discerning!
I took these photos when I went for my birthday last year. Opera! Can you think of a better way to celebrate getting a year older?