Elisabetta Fabbri

Head of the restoration workshop of Venice, honored architect of Italy

In 1998-2010 she was responsible for overseeing the successful refurbishment of some of the most important Italian opera houses: La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and she has also curated exhibitions and staging at La Scala Theatre Museum at the temporary headquarters of Palazzo Busca (MI). In 2005, E. Fabbri was invited by the Government of Buenos Aires (Argentina) as a consultant to the project of restoration of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. In 2009, the Italian Prime Minister appointed her as the Government Commissioner for the construction of a New Opera House in Florence, a theatre project celebrating the 150 years of the Italian National Unity. In December 2009-March 2010 Elizabeth Fabbri was a Commissioner of the Presidential Council of Ministers for the restoration of the Uffizi Museum in Florence. In 2013 Elizabeth Fabbri developed a project to reconstruct the Teatro Comunale in L’aquila, which was severely damaged by the 2009 earthquake.

E. Fabbri has been involved in the architectural restoration of some of the most important Italian historical buildings in Venice, Treviso, Milan, Bologna, Naples, Lecce, Bari as well as abroad. Her most important skill is the conservation and valorization of cultural heritage. Italian President Carlo’azeglio Ciampi awarded E. Fabbri “For merits” (“Commendatore”) in 2005 for her work at the Opera house La Scala in Milan; the Milan Mayor also honored her with a gold medal named St. Ambrose (“Ambrogino d’oro”). In 2005 another award was been assigned at the restoration of La Scala Opera House “from European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage — Europa Nostra Awards”. The renovation works at “La Scala” included also the refurbishment and functional adaptation of the Theatre Museum. For her work in 2014 E. Fabbri was awarded the national award for the best new architectural structure built in Italy in the last five years.