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The Teatro Sociale becomes the Valentino Garavani Theatre: Pavia e Ansaldo assisted the Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti Foundation in negotiating the agreements with the Municipality of Voghera


Milan, 27 November 2023Pavia e Ansaldo, with a team led by Of Counsel Mario Abate, assisted the Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti Foundation in all aspects of the negotiation of a Convention and the execution of agreements with the Municipality of Voghera (Pavia), the Fondazione Teatro Sociale of Voghera and the Condominio Società del Teatro, in relation to the sponsorship of the Theatre’s cultural and artistic activities, the funding of annual scholarships named after Valentino and the naming of the Theatre itself after the stylist. Gabriele Girardello, Partner of the Firm, followed intellectual property aspects in particular, while Marco Giustiniani and Giampaolo Grechi, Partner and Associate of the Firm, took care of profiles relating to administrative law.

Voghera’s Teatro Sociale had been closed for over 25 years and, thanks to this transaction, it reopened its doors, under the new name of Teatro Valentino Garavani, inaugurating its new season on 25 November 2023 with a ballet performance by the famous étoile Eleonora Abbagnato, in the presence of the stylist and many celebrities.

The Teatro Sociale, built between 1842 and 1845, was mainly used for operas, operettas, plays and later also as a cinema.

After it was sold to the Municipality of Voghera, in 2018, thanks to an allocation of funds by a number of private individuals, an extensive refurbishment of the building was undertaken with the restoration of the boxes and stalls, the renovation of the frescoed dome, the reinstallation of the lighting system, the installation of new electrical and thermal systems and new stage machinery, the complete restoration of the furnishings and the safety upgrading of the infrastructure. The investment cost over EUR 4 million.

On 15 May 2022, the Municipality of Voghera, on the occasion of the inauguration of the theatre’s main hall, coinciding with the 90th birthday of the stylist Valentino, a native of the town of Pavia, invited him to take part in the event, also offering an exhibition dedicated to his creations.