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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 showing a palace hall

RIBA Ref No RIBA35667
Architect/DesignerGalli Bibiena, Giovanni Carlo (1713?-1760)
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Subject Date1755
Image Date1755
ViewInterior
StyleBaroque
MediumDrawing
Library ReferenceSD5/1
OrientationLandscape
Colour InfoColour
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectStage sets ; Theatres ; Arcades ; Halls ; Opera houses ; Arches ; Columns ; Palaces
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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