Bellini Theatre

Teatro Massimo Bellini is the opera house in Catania. Named after the local-born composer Vincenzo Bellini, it was inaugurated on May 31st 1890 with a performance of the composer’s masterwork, Norma.
The facade of the theatre is inspired by the Sansovinian classic style of Venice Library, although the sides of the building differ from it, taking the shape of a theatre.
The hall, with four tiers of loges over the gallery, has an extremely rich and aristocratic decor. The ceiling was frescoed by the painter Ernesto Bellandi with images of Bellini and his major works: Norma, La Sonnambula, I Puritani and The Pirate. The historical curtain, illustrating the victory of Catania over the Libyans, was accomplished by the painter Giuseppe Sciuti. In the large foyer, very elegant with its marble and stucco decor, is the bronze statue of Vincenzo Bellini by Salvo Giordano.

The tenor Beniamino Gigli proclaimed the theatre one of the best in the world for acoustics.