In 2011, on Friday the 27th of June at 9pm at the Abbey of San Zeno, “Orfeo inScena” presented “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi. Though the date has past, it's worth checking what's on in this wonderful venue..
The Abbey of San Zeno is no longer a Church, but is now a Museum, an exhibition centre and sometimes a theatre.
The church is the oldest in Pisa, built before the year 1000, probably on an older paleochristian church.
During recent excavations the foundations of a building with three apses have been found. It is set close to the old walls, a short walk north east from the famous Tower.
Now it is often used for events - one of which was the Traviata, set in scene by the company "Orfeo in Scena" in June 2011. You can search for current event on this website: Kinzica
The church itself has an unusual facade, offset with an arch on the left and a porch on the right. There are lozenge decorations and copies of seven Islamic ceramic basins from the XI century (the original ones are kept in the Museum of San Matteo). The interior has Roman capitals and a few traces of medieval mural paintings - the whole place is well worth a visit whether events are on or not!
The 2011 Event details are below:
Friday the 27th of June at 9pm at the Abbey of San Zeno, “Orfeo inScena” presents “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi.
Tickets 15 EUR
Nel cast, diretto dal M° Marco Rimicci, figurano: Roberta Ceccotti (Violetta Valery); Nicola Vocaturo (Alfredo Germont); Fabrizio Corucci (Giorgio Germont); Sabina Caponi (Flora Bervoix); Gloria Pozella (Annina); Matteo Michi (Gastone); Federico Bertelli (Barone Douphol); Marco Mazzinghi (Marchese d’Obigny/Dottor Grenvil); Giuseppe (Michele Ceccotti).
Coro Associazione Amici della Musica di Ponsacco diretto dal M° Alessandro Cavallini. Ballerine: Elsa Esposito, Marina Taccola, Puri Gonzalez, Iolanda Dinoi, Sarah Esposito, Rosa Zappalà.