“Ti Amo.” I really like you. The new track from French synth-pop stars Phoenix. The title track from their not too long ago launched album “Ti Amo” is a love letter to Italy: from festivals in Sanremo, to singer Franco Battiato, to melted gelato.

In the video for the track, created by La Blogothèque and directed by Colin Solal Cardo in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, Phoenix’s Thomas Mars abandons his guided tour of the Teatro Bibiena to sneak off and carry out along with his bandmates Christian Mazzalai, Laurent Brancowitz and Deck D’Arcy, across the stage, within the corridors and bins of the theater—all shot stay on 35mm movie in a single steady shot.

But the true star of the video is the Teatro Bibiena itself. It’s a stunningly stunning Baroque theater within the Italian city of Mantua. Measuring simply 425 sq. meters, it seats about 300 folks—lower than a tenth of New York’s well-known Carnegie Hall. Its surprisingly small, bell-shaped house is embellished with a picket geometric ceiling, dozens of arched bins and monochrome frescoes. Originally meant as an instructional lecture corridor when it was constructed, within the 1760s, visitors quickly realized that the house had wonderful acoustics, and it was then used to deal with music and theater performances. A 14-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart even performed there!

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Take a glance across the theatre your self with Street View or flick thru the historical past of this cultural gem on Google Arts & Culture.


Deck D’Arcy, Christian Mazzalai, Thomas Mars and Laurent Brancowitz of Phoenix

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