Concordia Theatre - Monte Castello di Vibio
The Concordia Theatre is located in the heart of the Montecastello di Vibio old centre, a small town raising on the right side of the Tiber Valley, not far from Todi.
Why should you visit it?
An interesting initiative concerning Montecastello is the “weekend theatre”. it’s both a tourist and cultural proposal for Umbria and especially Monte Castello di Vibio visitors.
The rich schedule of the theatre season, addressed to whom wishes to watch a performance, offers the opportunity to spend a cultural weekend in the historical atmosphere of the theatre and in the calm of the Monte Castello village. The package includes a dinner with typical dishes of the Umbrian cuisine, an overnight stay with breakfast in a farm or in hotel and, obviously, a theatre ticket.
The programming ranges from prose, to opera, operetta, concerts of classical and jazz music.
The theatre of Montecastello di Vibio, with its 99 seats divided between the stalls and boxes, is called the “smallest theatre in the world”. A document of that time says that “it was built so small so to suit its village’s size”.
It was planned in a full post-French Revolution climate, 1789, and then named after that “harmony among peoples” that was creating in Europe at the beginning of 1800. It was built thanks to the finances of nine famous families of the village who got involved in order to turn it into a place of amusement and meetings. There was also a coffee - lounge and it was launched in 1808.
In 1892 Luigi Agretti, just 14 years old, who was on holiday in Montecastello and came from La Spezia, frescoed the halls. He was son of the Perugino Cesare, already author of the curtains’ decorations and of the theatre’s backdrops. Here Agretti son released his first artistic expressions. This young man left in the colours of his paintings the sensations of his premature vitality, so contributing to make this spot, through the dedication addressed to the village, an oasis of peace. 36 armchairs were installed in the stalls in 1914, and today they are 37. Unfortunately the theatre closed down in 1951 and in the 1960s it suffered a collapse of the roof. Because of the situation the inhabitants of Monte Castello resorted to the self-assessment to finance the first recovery interventions. The Region later continued the restoration with some Community funding. The recovery work, that allowed to maintain the same original wooden structure supporting the theatre boxes, finished in 1993. In 1997 the “smallest theatre in the world” has twinned with the Farnese Theatre in Parma, the “biggest in the world”, with 4000 seats.
The young soprano Antonietta Stella from Todi performed in the theatre in 1929 and she would have become one of the best performers of the Verdi repertoire. In 1945 the theatre godfathered the first steps of another big celebrity, the then very young Gina Lollobrigida, who here in Monte Castello acted in “Santarellina” by Scarpetta, a comedy staged by the director and stage director Tenneroni of Todi.