“A marble hollow under the stars”, this is how Gabriele d’Annunzio imagined the ideal theatre for performing his shows, immersed in the splendid setting of the Vittoriale, following the example of Wagner in Bayreuth. It was to be called the “Parlaggio”.
It was the Bard who chose the place: a panoramic point of the gardens, from which one can admire the Isle of Garda, Monte Baldo, the peninsula of Sirmione and, above all, the strikingRocca di Manerba – in which it seems Goethe recognized the profile of Dante.
In 1931 the Bard entrusted the work to the architect of the Vittoriale, Gian Carlo Maroni; work started between 1934 and 1935 but was soon interrupted due to financial difficulties, aggravated by the start of the war and the death of the poet. Work was taken up again at the will of the Foundationtwenty years later in 1952, and completed the following year.
On 8th August 1953 the theatre was formally inaugurated, with a concert by the Orchestra of the Scala Theatre conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini.
The Theatre, which canseat an audience of 1,500 people, is the venue for a prestigious summer Festival, which hosts some of the most important artists of the international world of music, dance and theatre.