The Malibran Theater rises above the ancient site of Marco Polo's residence, Ca 'Milion, which was destroyed by a fire around the end of the sixteenth century.

The Grimani family, already owners of the theaters of San Samuele and San Giovanni e Paolo, commissioned this theater to the architect Tommaso Bezzi known as the Stucchino and named it after San Giovanni Grisostomo: the inauguration was held during the carnival of 1678.

It soon became the most important and luxurious stage in Venice, as well as a place for dances and social parties organized by the owners; great interpreters - such as Margherita Durasanti - and illustrious composers - including Pollarolo, Scarlatti, Händel collaborate with the theater.

The theater resisted until the 1830s, even directed by Carlo Goldoni, who introduced prose representations. From the middle of the century, however, the theater underwent a phase of decline, after the opening of smaller theaters.

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