One might call Teatro La Fenice the unluckiest of all the great European opera houses. Built in Venice in 1792, the first version of La Fenice burned down once during construction and then was once again ravaged by flames in 1836. The replacement, that opened in 1837, had been poorly renovated over the years and was sadly in need of an overhaul. By 1995, restoration work had begun. Unfortunately, the canals around the theatre had been emptied for dredging, ironically to allow modern boats and
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