The Golden Era
The dramatic and musical activity of the theatre was especially fervent during the 40s, although World War II had caused the closure of the main Italian stages. In 1939, Fermo hosted a series of shows starring major names of the Italian Opera, whose memory and success stay lively in the City. Some of the opera singers who stepped the stage were: Lina Pagliughi, Maria Caniglia, Beniamino Gigli, Ferruccio Tagliami, Giacomo Lauri - Volpi, Giulio Neri, Tito Gobbi, Pia Fassinari and later Fedora Barbieri, Franco Corelli, Giulietta Simionato, Margherita Carosio, Anita Cerquetti, Renata Febaldi, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Renata Scotto, Mario Del Monaco, Anna Moffo, Renato Bruson, Nicola Rossi Lemeni, Aldo Protti.
Not only Opera...
Great names wrote the history of the Theatre, with memorable dramas, like the national premiere, on 6th December 1861, of The Civil Death by Paolo Giacometti, directed by artists Ernesto Rossi and Cesare Dondini and staged by their company. In 1868, Adelaide Ristori, the greatest tragic actress of her time, acted in Medea by Gabriel Legouvè, and Judith by Paolo Giacometti; Ermete Novelli, other great name of drama, whose mother was born in Fermo, was in the City with his company in 1899, 1914 and 1917. Among the other notable artists who stepped the stage in Fermo, we mention: Angelo Musco, Armando Falconi, Ruggero Ruggeri, Emma Grammatica, Lilla Brignone (granddaughter of the drama amateur Adelaide Andreani), Ugo Pagliai, Valeria Moriconi and Franco Enriquez, up to the present day with Franco Branciaroli, Mariangela Melato, Umberto Orsini, Flavio Bucci, Alessandro Gassman, Luca De Filippo, Piera Degli Esposti, Gianrico Tedeschi, Carlo Cecchi, Christian De Sica, Massimo Ghini, Giuseppe Fiorello, Stefano Accorsi, Claudio Bisio, Massimo Dapporto, Sabrina Ferilli, Michelle Hunziker.
Today, “Teatro dell’Aquila” is chosen by the most important international productions, such as Slava (4 million spectators around the world), STOMP and many others. It hosts national premieres and concerts of the greatest names of both the Italian and the international music: Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gianna Nannini, Fiorella Mannoia, Elisa, Claudio Baglioni, Negramaro, Gino Paoli, Ornella Vanoni, Patty Pravo.