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Design for a stage set and proscenium arch for a performance of the opera 'La Clemenza di Tito', Act 1 Scene 1, Lisbon Opera House (Opera do Tejo or Phoenix Opera): perspective view of an atrium with an amphitheatre seen beyond

RIBA Ref No RIBA35670
Architect/DesignerGalli Bibiena, Giovanni Carlo (1713?-1760)
Subject Date1755
Image Date1755
Library ReferenceSD5/6
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectOpera houses ; Amphitheatres ; Columns ; Palaces ; Sculpture ; Stage sets ; Theatres ; Arcades ; Halls
NOTES: This drawing is by or after Giovanni Carlo Galli Bibiena and is one of eight designs for scenes for the opera 'La Clemenza di Tito' (libretto by Metastasio, music by Antonio Mazzoni) which was performed in the new opera house at Lisbon in 1755 on the birthday of Joseph I, King of Portugal. In 1752 Galli Bibiena had been summoned to Lisbon by the king to design the opera house, which adjoined the royal palace. Just seven months after its completion however, the theatre was destroyed by the devastating Lisbon earthquake of 1755. The drawing shown here relates to a set of engravings and may have been copied from the prints themselves.

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