The stage of Ristori presented performers such as Totò, Fregoli, Petrolini, Macario, Wanda Osiris, Cesco Baseggio, Memo Benassi, Annibale Ninchi, Paola Borboni, Gino Cervi, Carlo Dapporto, Renato Rascel, Ugo Tognazzi, Walter Chiari, Dario Fo, up to Paolo Rossi and Roberto Benigni; and, in music, from Pietro Mascagni, Beniamino Gigli, Toti Dal Monte, to Domenico Modugno, Paolo Conte, Gino Paoli, Roberto Vecchioni, Chick Corea, Vasco Rossi.
The theatre, opened in 1837, took its current name in 1856 in honor of Adelaide Ristori, the greatest Italian actress of the nineteenth century, who obtained enthusiastic approval here. It became a great city theatre, innervated in the cultural and social development of Verona, presenting, in the following century and a half, shows of all kinds, from great prose to opera, from vigils to puppets, from the first film screening in Verona to the avanspettacolo, to variety.
Closed in 1983 because it did not comply with the regulations, the Ristori was purchased by the Cariverona Foundation in 2001 with the aim of returning it to the community. The Superintendence for Architectural Heritage of Verona has considered it worthy of protection, a high example of theatrical architecture of the nineteenth century.
The new theatre season opens on Monday 14th October with a concert by the great pianist Pietro De Maria, who will perform with pieces by Sergej Rachmaninov and Fryderyk Chopin.