Noto Theater


The Sicilian “Capital of Baroque” cannot but boast a jewel-theatre. Rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693, like the rest of the Old City, the present theatre took shape in 1851, when the mayor of the time and a citizens’ committee launched a fund-raising campaign. The initial design was passed from the engineer Francesco Sortino to Francesco Cassone, with decorations by the Messina painter Santi Ferrara, until it was inaugurated in 1870.

Welcoming us is the sandstone statue representing the allegory of Music, in the centre of the vestibule, the work of sculptor Giuliano Palazzolo; the stage decorations bear the signature of Sicilian painters Subba and Di Stefano. One sits in a gallery with 80 seats and three rows of boxes, with a capacity of 320.

Today the theatre (formerly Vittorio Emanuele) is dedicated to the actress Tina Di Lorenzo, together with the Foundation of the same name, and organises one of the most popular seasons in Italy, a symbol of the city’s rebirth.

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