- Michael Talbot
Italian noble family of theatre proprietors . For over 250 years members of the S Fosca branch of the Vendramin family were proprietors of the Venetian theatre known both as S Salvatore after a neighbouring church and as S Luca after the parish in which it was situated. The original house was built in 1622 but was substantially reconstructed after a fire in 1653 and again in 1776. Under Andrea Vendramin (d 1684) S Luca at first presented only spoken comedy, but between 1661 and 1700 it was turned over to opera during Carnival, achieving a level of activity surpassed only by S Giovanni Grisostomo. After Andrea’s death, control passed successively to his son Alvise (d 1733) and grandson Antonio (d 1756). During the 18th century S Luca reverted largely to comedy, although between 1753 and 1769 it presented serious operas during Ascension. In the 19th century opera and comedy enjoyed greater parity. The family’s connection with S Luca ended in ...