Teatro Petruzzelli, owned by the Messeni Nemagna family, is the largest theater in the city of Bari and the fourth largest theater in Italy. The story of the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari begins when Onofrio and Antonio Petruzzelli, merchants and shipowners of Trieste origin, presented at the Bari town hall the design of the theater of the bitontin engineer Angelo Cicciomessere (then Messeni), husband of their sister Maria. Petruzzelli's proposal was accepted and in 1896 the contract was signed between the family and the municipal administration. The contract dates back to January 29, 1896. Since the early seasons, it hosted the greatest artists. Beniamino Gigli, Mario Del Monaco, Alfredo Kraus, Renata Tebaldi, Tito Schipa, Renato Bruson, Mascagni who directed her work, Von Karajan, just to name a few. The theater projected the city into the world, making it famous. As politeama the programming ranged between the various genres of performance and beside the lyric, they went on stage musicals, ballets and great concerts. Great Italian and international artists have climbed the stage of Petruzzelli, Wanda Osiris, Totò, Nino Taranto, Macario, Joséphine Baker and then Lucio Battisti, Claudio Baglioni, Milva in "The Three Treasures" Rudolf Nureyev, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles , Leca Minnelli, Eduardo De Filippo, Dario Fo, Riccardo Muti, Carla Fracci, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Katia Ricciarelli, Raina Kabaivanska, Piero Cappuccilli, Cecilia Gasdia, In the eighties the theater hosted two great "prime" That of Nicene Piccinni in Tauride, never represented after the debut in Paris in 1779, and that of the Neapolitan version of Bellini's Puritans, written for Maria Malibran and never represented. The theater is also remembered because the movie Alberto Sordi's Powder Star has been filmed. The Petruzzelli together with the Piccinni Theater, Margherita and Kursaal Santalucia form the Millennium of Theaters.