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Built in 1656, at the behest of the Grimani family. Initially dedicated to prose representations, starting from the eighteenth century it also hosted operas and ballets. The first opera, staged in 1710, was the deceived deceiver, with poetry by Macchi and music by Gasparini.

Destroyed by a fire in 1747, it was rebuilt and its destination changed: the operas were diverted to the new San Beneto theater, prose representations and comic operas were destined for San Samuele.

Inaugurated in 1748, it followed the original structure, albeit reduced in size. For the reopening, on the occasion of the Festa della Sensa, Il mondo alla roversa was represented, with music by Galuppi and libretto by Carlo Goldoni. For the occasion, the sets and lighting were described in an anonymous print later taken up by Gabriel Bella in a painting.

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