The restoration of Modena’s Teatro Comunale, an important historical building and heart of the cultural life of the town, became necessary in order to safeguard the artistic elements of the ancient palazzo and to bring the plumbing, wiring and heating systems up to the requirements of the new safety legislation.
This entailed a radical intervention which returned the Theatre to its grandeur of yesteryear, and gave the Modenese community a particularly significant place not only from a cultural point of view but also and above all in terms of social identity. The European Commission funding was granted as part of a call for tenders in support of pilot schemes for the conservation of historical buildings used for performance purposes, and with a Europe-wide importance in terms of their historical, architectural, artistic and social importance.
Thanks to this community support, it was possible to carry out the following interventions: completion of the structural maintenance to the roof, restoration of the woodwork and beams, consolidation of the vault structure of the stalls area, renovation of the lifting mechanism beneath the orchestra pit, regulation of the plumbing, heating and wiring so as to satisfy safety norms, renovation of the stage area, installation of a new curtain in fireproof materials. The Teatro Comunale reopened its doors in January 1999 and now regularly hosts concerts, operas and other musical events.