Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the musical institutions of Venice with a look at the chequered history of its opera house, la Fenice.
Justifying its position as one of the most important European theatres, la Fenice has premiered works by composers such as Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Stravinsky.
Even before it opened la Fenice suffered a fire, and since 1792, the building has burnt down a further three times, most recently in 1996.
Over the past eight years it has remained shut whilst it's been lovingly restored to its orginal glory and like the PHOENIX of its name is set to reopen for performances of opera later this year.
Donald Macleod is joined by the musicologist Sergio Segalini, who's been the artistic director at La Fenice since 2003.
Verdi: Sempre libera (Act 1 la Traviata)
Joan Sutherland (soprano)
Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)
National Philharmonic Orchestra/Richard Bonynge
Cavalli: Ardo, sospiro e piango (Act 1 La Calisto)
Dame Janet Baker (mezzo soprano)LONDON Philharmonic Orchestra/Raymond Leppard
Verdi: Finale to Act 1 (Simon Boccanegra)
Mirella Freni (soprano)
José Carreras (tenor)
Piero Cappuccilli (baritone)
Nicolai Ghiaurov (bass)
Giovanni Foiani (bass)
José van Dam (baritone)
Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala/Claudio Abbado
Rossini: Excerpt from Scene 3, Act 2 (Semiramide)
Marilyn Horne (mezzo soprano)LONDON SO/Richard Bonynge
Stravinsky: Excerpt from Act 1 (The Rake's Progress )
Jerry Hadley (tenor)
Samuel Ramey (bass)
Chorus and Orchestra of Lyon Opera/Kent Nagano
Handel: Non ho cor che per amarti (Act 1, Agrippina)
Della Jones (mezzo soprano)ENGLISH Baroque Soloists/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Verdi: Sempre libera, Act 1, la Traviata
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Bonynge (conductor)
Cavalli: Ardo, sospiro e piango, Act 1, La Calisto
Dame Janet Baker (mezzo soprano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Raymond Leppard (conductor)
Verdi: Finale to Act 1, Simon Boccanegra
Nicolai Ghiaurov, Giovanni Foiani (bass)
Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala
Claudio Abbado (conductor)
Rossini: Excerpt from Scene 3, Act 2, Semiramide
Marilyn Horne (mezzo soprano)
London Symphony Orchestra
Stravinsky: Excerpt from Act 1, The Rake's Progress
Chorus and Orchestra of Lyon Opera
Kent Nagano (conductor)
Handel: Non ho cor che per amarti, Act 1, Agrippina
Della Jones (mezzo soprano)
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).