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Teatro Ristori

Aldo Cibic

Teatro Ristori
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Verona’s Ristori theatre started life in 1838 as a “huge shed for spectacles of all kinds”. Subsequently it became one of the city’s most exclusive theatres. It has now been restored to its original role as a popular theatrical venue. From the outset the programme for architect Aldo Cibic was more than a simple restoration project. The aim was to turn the theatre into a multi-purpose venue suitable for the widest possible range of show, a place that would be constantly open to the public thanks to a new exhibition area. As well as restoring a facility and providing a new public service, the complex architectural project also went beyond the theatre to the surrounding area, redesigning the small square in front of the extended theatre entrance. Restoring this dated structure and adapting it to contemporary requirements entailed no few difficulties. New functional areas were necessary to house technical plant, comply with health and safety regulations and provide new service areas. New backstage areas were added: ample rehearsal rooms and a recording studio to mention just the main features. The stage itself had to undergo major restructuring to make it flexible enough to accommodate a range of show formats, from straight theatre and ballet to jazz and operetta. The stage area now comprises moveable platforms allowing greater versatility. An acoustic chamber has been created and sophisticated amplification and lighting systems have been installed. Finishings, materials and the interior colour scheme are a judicious mix of contemporary and pre-existing features. The auditorium has seen its former delicate pastel colours reinstated against a yellow-beige background. The areas and fittings undergoing substantial renovation - stalls, proscenium, perimeter walls, floors and seating - have all been given soft, neutral colours like Vicenza stone and brushed oak. The volume preceding the main auditorium has been completely revamped, the new architectural design allowing for...

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