After 18 years after, Petruzzelli Theatre in Bari, reopens on October 4th 2009. A dream come true for Bari and its people. The "opening night” at the theatre reopens with the famous “Beethoven's ninth symphony” conducted by Maestro Muti.
The orchestra also torches in the evening on 5th October 2009, where 25 seats will be drawn for a lottery.
The initiative between the Director of the Lyric Symphony Orchestra of the Petruzzelli Theatre Foundation and the mayor of the town of Bari Michele Emiliano, wants to encourage the dissemination of theatrical culture across the Bari people, and thanks to the initiative to keep prices low performances and subscriptions , they want to create a greater interest into the theatre life to more social classes, trying to avoid elite culture, encouraging a mass culture: students, workers, employees and retirees, in the fact tickets are cheaper than ever before.
The theatre was born from the design of Onofrio and Antonio Petruzzelli, traders and owners originally from Trieste, presented the design of the theatre of their brother, the engineer Angelo Bari Cicciomessere (later Messeni) at the municipal seat of Bari proposal of Petruzzelli was accepted and in 1896 was a contract between the family and the local administration. Two years later, in October 1898, work began, which ended in 1903. Petruzzelli Theatre has had for more than a century, the primacy of the largest theatre of Puglia. The theatre was inaugurated Saturday, February 14th, 1903 with the masterpiece of Meyerbeer, the Huguenots.
In the eighties, the theatre housed a large theatre performance: the premiere of "The Iphigenia in Tauris" by Niccolo Piccinni, but also major international artists have trod the stage of the Petruzzelli: Herbert von Karajan, Rudolf Nureyev, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Liza Minnelli, Juliette Greek,and till lately more recent great Italian artists: Eduardo De Filippo, Riccardo Muti, Carla Fracci, Luciano Pavarotti, Piero Cappuccilli, Giorgio Gaber, Paolo Conte, Ornella Vanoni and Queen, and there, there was the official television broadcast music entitled “Azzurro” for almost every year ' 80, (the TV programm has succeeded then for all the '90s under the name of Festivalbar). The interior of the theatre was also used as an art director by directors as Franco Zeffirelli.
Petruzzelli Theatre, rebuilt entirely with public money in 2008, was returned to the city of Bari on 7th September, 2009.