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Monterubbiano, Teatro "Vincenzo Pagani"









In 1875 the first permanent theatre in Monterubbiano was inaugurated. It was named after the painter Vincenzo Pagani because it was built on the ruins of a 16th-century house, known as the Palazzaccio, which had belonged to the family of the local artist. The plans for the building were entrusted to the Ancona-born architect Francesco Ridolfi, whilst the internal decorations were commissioned to the architect Giuseppe Sabbatini. The theatre, which was first located in Via Trento e Trieste, has a façade in neoclassical style with a first rusticated level divided by three front doors and a second level divided by Ionic-style pilasters with three large windows surmounted by the same number of windows embedded in an arch. At the top of the building is a curved split tympanum bearing the name of the theatre and a frieze depicting a lyre surrounded by laurel, the typical attributes of Apollo, the divine inspirer of poetry. As regards the interior, the horseshoe-shaped hall has three tiers of boxes with a capacity, together with the stalls, of about one hundred and eighty people. The first tier features finely perforated wooden parapets which create an embroidery with beautiful light and shade effects, whilst the second and third tiers feature stucco reliefs with ornamental floral elements. The splendid plafond, painted by the master Gregorio Marannelli, has a central rose depicting Euterpe, muse of lyric poetry and of the sound of the flute, Melpomene, muse of tragedy and Calliope, divine inspirer of epic poetry. All around are medallions encircled by calligraphic spirals, depicting four masters of the ars scriptoria, Dante Alighieri, Vittorio Alfieri, Ludovico Ariosto and Carlo Goldoni, and two very great representatives of the ars pictoria: Vincenzo Pagani and Raffaello Sanzio. The curtain, painted by the Odessa-born Alessandro Bazzani, depicts Vincenzo Pagani painting a canvas with a coastal landscape dotted with pines in the background. The structure currently houses the “Beniamino Gigli” Singing Academy, which since 1999 has trained young Italian and foreign people in opera singing and in the art of the piano. Besides specific advanced training courses, the Academy periodically organizes recitals and lyrical concerts.