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Brescia’s Teatro Grande originates from a 17th century institution, Accademia degli Erranti, which founded the Theater around 1640 and devoted all its efforts to its management. Indeed, in this century, the birth and development of opera created the need for public theaters where these shows could be performed. According to history, the first Theater was called Teatro Degli Erranti and was built in 1664. Because of the need for larger and larger spaces, two subsequent theaters followed. The interiors of the current Theater, called Grande in honor of Napoleon, were rebuilt in the first decade of the 19th century. The building hosting Teatro Grande is a complex architectural structure created by over three centuries of adaptations and transformations. With a curious continuity of functions, the Theater was built on the site where the first public theater of Brescia was opened in 1664. The lot was adjacent to the southern city ramparts in the 14th and 15th centuries and was given to the Academia degli Erranti by the Republic of Venice. The Avanzo architects built the academy’s first headquarters in 1643. On the ceiling, you can also admire allegories of Dance, Comedy, Tragedy, and Music painted by Luigi Campini. Other interesting features worthy of note are the stage, which still has part of the 19th century structure, and the so called “soffittone” (big ceiling), a large space used in the past to prepare the painted scenery. It is now used for rehearsals, small events, and parties.