The Rome opera house
After years of languishing without funding or respect, Rome's Teatro dell'Opera started the 21st century with a new Superintendent and a new Musical Director who turned the outfit around, attracting fine musicians, conductors, and performers for their opera and ballet seasons.
Since 2009, Riccardo Muti has operated as the de facto musical director.
Most performances of operas and ballets are in the restored 1880 opera house called Teatro Costanzi, located between the Via Veneto and Termini areas. Since the late 1990s, they also use the Teatro Nazionale, converted from a 1920s movie palace.
Though never as great or famous as the storied operas of Milan and Naples, in its 19th century heyday the Rome opera house hosted the premier of operas like Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana (May 17, 1890), and it rang in the 20th cenury with the world permier of that most Roman of operas, Puccini's Tosca.
Though they do not perform it every year, the Rome Opera production of Aïda is a classic, complete with a cavalcade of real animals, including horses galloping onto the stage at top speed. Impressive, if nothing else.
The season at Rome's Teatro dell'Opera
The pre-season runs October to December.
The official season is January to June.
You can buy tickets at the door or thorugh Select Italy.
During the summer season of July and August, perfomances take place agaisnt the evocative backdrop of the ruins of the Baths of Caracalla.
The Teatro dell'Opera also sponsors an October-to-December season of symphonic concerts held in intriguing performance spaces across the city, like the medieval Santa Maria in Trastevere church or the Teatro Olympico.
Teatro Dell'Opera tours
When the Roman opera house opened in 1880, it was named Teatro Costanzi, after the contractor who built it. During the years, the theater went through several changes of name and stylistic modifications, but finally after the end of the Italian monarchy, the theater’s name officially became the Teatro dell’Opera. Since its foundation, the Teatro dell'Opera has continued to stage magnificent productions, many of which have been truly historical.
In fact, the first performance of Puccini's TOSCA took place as part of Teatro dell'Opera's 1899-1900 season. As the primary venue for opera and ballet, the Teatro dell’Opera attracts some of the most renowned musical talent in the world. During the summer, some operas and concerts are staged under the stars at the splendid Terme di Caracalla.
The Baths of Caracalla are located 15 minutes away from the Circus Maximus and were the second largest Roman public baths built in Rome between AD 212 and 217. Today, opera and concerts are staged among the the central part of the bath complex ruins.
The past comes alive in Rome with this series of concerts and fully staged operas. Very popular with international travelers, the concerts feature the famous orchestra "I Virtuosi dell'opera di Roma," which was founded in 1999 by the cultural association Musica&Musica. It is recognized as the first example of a fully private concert organization unfunded by public money. The orchestra consists of accomplished musicians trained in the finest Italian conservatories and professional singers from all over the world.
Led from the beginning by Maestro Adriano Melchiorre, famous international director, the orchestra is recognized across Italy and Europe. Since 2001, the main concert season of the orchestra of "I Virtuosi dell'opera di Roma" is in Rome, the world capital of "bel canto." Every year, thousands of spectators attend the orchestra's opera programs and are delighted by the Italian spirit and culture presented in each performance.
The orchestra of "I Virtuosi dell'opera di Roma" routinely perform their concerts in the prestigious Teatro Salone Margherita, a beautiful theater that has been in the heart of Rome since at 1898. One of the most unique traditions of the theater is the pasta buffet offered to guests. This tradition has been maintained to this day, and guests can indulge in a small serving of pasta either before the show or during the break on the ground floor.
Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group Segway tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your friendly guide.
After receiving a comprehensive overview of your Segway from your expert guide, youll be ready to conquer Rome's Villa Borghese park in style! As you glide the short distance from your meeting point to the park, pass the must-see Spanish Steps -- the famous 138-step staircase leading up from Piazza di Spagna.
Villa Borghese, opened in 1903, is the largest public park in Rome. The 148-acre (80-hectare) park features wide, shady lanes lined by temples, beautiful fountains, statues and museums -- perfect for cruising along on a Segway. Zoom down picturesque paths, away from car traffic, and weave between the lush trees and dazzling fountains.
Pass the Canonica Museum, named after Pietro Canonica, the Italian painter, opera composer, professor and sculptor. Your guide will tell you about his famous books, drawings and sculptures. Continue to the Temple of Diana and admire the goddess statue with one of her hunting dogs.
Continue further into the park to see the magnificent Piazza di Siena -- one of the parks architectural and environmental jewels. From here, your guide will navigate you through the Lake Gardens, which was added by the English designer Jacob Moore after a major expansion and restoration project in the park.
Explore the newly renovated tree-lined walkways complete with new lawns and flowerbeds, a landscape of trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders. Admire the mirror of the lakes water before reaching the Valadier House. Continue to the stunning Water Watch Fountain and make your way finally to Canonica Avenue, where your tour will end.
The residence of Master Pavarotti was finished in 2005; It is located in the area that he had acquired in the mid-eighties. In that same area Pavarotti has dedicated himself to his passion for horses, building and opening a riding school.
The villa has been designed following the instructions and drawings that the tenor gave to the architects and engineers who have supervised the construction. Many artifacts have been made by blacksmiths, carpenters, carvers, decorators from all over Italy who have created unique products. Even today his home reflected in every detail the personality of the one who conceived it. The house keeps personal items that he loved and contains the memories of his days spent in the company of family, friends and young students. The visit to this house will will enable visitors to experience Pavarotti in the light of its most intimate and warm rooms, to approach gently to his memory knowing his daily habits, finding the man he was once behind the scenes. You will especially enjoy the costumes so dear to him, pictures and videos that have marked his great artistic career, the countless awards and awards in a career of over forty years in opera houses around the world.
After the house you will visit Modena, its Traditional Balsamic Vinegar production, Lambrusco, as well as the delights of the city of Modena itself and Maranello.
La Traviata is a three-act opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi on an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It was first performed on March 6th, 1853 at La Fenice opera house in Venice. Verdi insisted on finding an original and provocative idea for the audience in Venice, and decided to base his work on La dame aux Camélias (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas (fils). The piece was originally titled Violetta, after the protagonist. This famous opera remains among the most performed masterpieces of the entire lyric tradition.
Opera e Lirica soloists, from the most important Italian theaters and Music Academies, will perform this breathtaking story accompanied by choir and orchestra conducted by Maestro Carlo Carbonelli. The audience will enjoy an extraordinary and memorable experience, surrounded by the fascinating atmosphere of St. Paul within the Walls Church. The story will also be enriched by Opera e Lirica lovely dancers who will perform romantic choreography.
Enjoy the most romantic opera ever, performed by Opera e Lirica artists in the wonderful St Paul's within the Walls Church in Rome. Book your Rome opera tickets now!
Children under 7 and the disabled can attend the concert for free.
Approximate duration (min.): 120
TITLE: La traviata. Melodrama in three acts.
LIBRETTO: Francesco Maria Piave.
MUSIC: Giuseppe Verdi.
VIOLETTA VALÉRY (Soprano) Maristella Mariani
ALFREDO GERMONT (Tenor) Emil Alekperov
GIORGIO GERMONT, his father (Baritone) Cristian Alderete
FLORA BERVOIX-ANNINA (Mezzo-soprano) Sara Foletto
GASTONE, Viscount di Letorières(Tenor) Carlo Napoletani
GIUSEPPE, Violettas servant (Tenor) Lucio Del Rio
BARONE DOUPHOL (Baritone) Giorgio Carli
DOCTOR GRENVIL (Bass) Fabrizio Nestonni
COMMISION AGENT (Bass) Giuseppe Trovato
CHOIR: Servants and noblemen, friends of Violetta and Flora, picadores and matadores, gypsies, Violettas and Floras servants, masks
DANCERS: Teatro dellOpera di Roma School
Special guest Giorgio Gatti - Marchese DObigny
Choreography: Valerio Polverari
Conductor: Ivan Antonio
Scenes and costumes: Bolero Sartoria
Artistic director: Antonio Desiderio
Director: Giuseppina Cuccaro
Opera e Lirica Orchestra
Tosca is the Roman opera par excellence, being completely set there.
Characters and Interpretes
Floria Tosca: Monica Cucca
Mario Cavaradossi: Alessandro Fantini
Baron Scarpia: Giordano Farina
Cesare Angelotti: Andrea Cionci
Sciarrone: Teofilo Ciardi
Musical director at the piano: Diego Moccia
Directed by: Luigi Zacco Giovanelli
Costumes: MCCT & RomeConcerts
Address: Piazza di Ponte Sant'Angelo 68.
Start time: 8:00 PM.
Duration: about 110 minutes (3 acts and the 2 short intervals).
During the first interval an aperitif will be served, included in the ticket price.
Tosca, by Giacomo Puccini
The story of Tosca place in Rome, at the time of the fall of the first Roman Republic on a precise date: Saturday, June 14, 1800, the day of the Battle of Marengo.
The first act is set in the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle, the second in Palazzo Farnese and the third in Castel Sant'Angelo.
Because of the Roman setting, the publisher Giulio Ricordi organized the first performance at the Teatro Costanzi, the Rome Opera House. But Tosca's pemiere was disturbed because of many warnings of an anarchist bombing of the theater, and the set date for the performance had to be postponed by one day. It was performed on January 14th 1900: it was a national event with the Italian queen Margherita to attend it, together with many personalities in every field of national life.
Though being passed over for the premiere the young Enrico Caruso would have become a protagonist of the subsequent performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
A fully private walking tour which takes in the main historic piazzas of Rome and traverses the entire ancient city centre en route. You'll see and learn about Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza del Quirinale, Piazza Barberini, Piazza di Spagna, and Piazza del Popolo. You'll walk along the classic, ancient winding streets which make Rome such a popular destination, and experience the most famous Roman thoroughfares such as Via Nazionale and the exclusive Via Veneto, which leads to the edge of spectacular Villa Borghese park. When you've seen the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vatican City, ticketed tours which often involve sharing space and vantage points with large numbers of other people, this is absolutely the next step into the heart of real Rome - with next to no one else around to disturb you!
In addition, Rome Uncovered passes by the following locations:
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House)
Santa Maria della Concezione
Quirinale Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale) Scuderie del Quirinale
Diocletian Baths and the Octagonal Hall
Museo Nazionale Romano
St Paul's Within the Walls
Palazzo Massimo alle Terme (National Museum of Rome)
01 - DAY ROME Transfer from the airport or train station in Rome to the Hotel. Day at leisure and overnight in Rome. Dinner not included.
02 - DAY ROME American Buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will enjoy a 3 hour Discovering Rome walking tour. You will be picked up at your hotel at approximately 9.00 am. The tour will start from Largo Argentina and continue to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain. The tour will end at the Spanish steps (no drop off at the Hotel). Rest of the day at leisure and overnight. Dinner not included.
03 - DAY ROME - NAPLES - POMPEII - SORRENTO Departure from your hotel (pick up from hotels will be from 6.30 to 7.00 am, please remember to order your breakfast box at your hotel the day before departure!) Upon arrival in Naples we will take a walk in the historical centre to admire Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, Piazza del Municipio, the Gallery of Umberto I and the San Carlo Opera House. After lunch in a typical rpizzeria in Naples with local specialities (water and 1 soft drink included) , with our local guide we will visit the Pompeii excavations, UNESCO listed ruins. This ancient Roman city was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, which buried and preserved it under a sea of volcanic ash for almost 1700 years. The archaeological journey through the ancient city will give us the opportunity to better understand how Romans used to live at that time. At the end of the tour, we may be given the opportunity to visit a coral and cameo factory, to admire items manufactured with a technique dating back to Ancient Greek times. Proceed to SORRENTO, the gateway to the Amalfi coast, with its colorful historical center and pretty waterfront, lined with fishing boats and the new Marina Grande cruise pier. Check in at your hotel in Sorrento, dinner and overnight.
Meals: B L D
04 - DAY SORRENTO - CAPRI - SORRENTO American buffet breakfast at the hotel, and departure at 07.30-07.45am to the island of CAPRI. You will board the ferry and arrive in MARINA GRANDE. Once on the island you will visit the BLUE GROTTO (weather permitting), and stop at the famous Piazzetta. A Minibus will take you up to ANACAPRI. After lunch in Anacapri, you will return to Marina Grande where you will board the ferry for your transfer back to Sorrento. Dinner and overnight in Hotel in Sorrento.
Meals: B L D
05 - DAY SORRENTO - ROME American buffet breakfast at hotel and day at leisure to explore Sorrento or have an optional tour to discover the Amalfi coast visiting Positano, Ravello and Amalfi. Meeting point at 2.30-3.00pm in your hotel lobby and transfer to Pompeii where you will join the bus to return to Rome. Arrival in Rome around 9:00 pm and drop o at the Hotel. Overnight in Rome.
06 - DAY ROME American buffet breakfast at the hotel. End of our services.
01 - DAY ROME - NAPLES - POMPEII - SORRENTO
Departure from Destination Italia Sightseeing office at 7.30 am to Naples (pick up from hotels will be from 6.30 to 7.00 am, please remember to order your breakfast box at your hotel the day before departure!)Upon arrival in Naples we will take a walk in the historical centre to admire Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, Piazza del Municipio, the Gallery of Umberto I and the San Carlo Opera House. Upon leaving the city, we will continue to Pompeii. After lunch in a typical pizzeria in Naples serving Neapolitan specialties (mineral water and 1 soft drink included), we will visit a coral and cameo factory where there will be the opportunity to admire and purchase items made with a technique dating back to Greek times. Followed by a visit to the Pompeii excavations. This ancient Roman city was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The archaeological journey through the ruins will give you the opportunity to better understand how the Romans used to live at that time. Proceed to SORRENTO, the gateway to the Amalfi coast, with its colorful historical center and pretty waterfront, lined with fishing boats and the new Marina Grande cruise pier. Check in at your hotel in Sorrento, dinner and overnight.
Meals: L D
02 - DAY SORRENTO
American buffet breakfast at the hotel, day at leisure to enjoy Sorrento beach and discover the artisan shops. . Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Meals: B D
03 - DAY SORRENTO - CAPRI
American buffet breakfast at the hotel and check out. Departure at 7.30am-7:45am to the island of CAPRI. You will board the ferry and arrive in MARINA GRANDE. Your luggage will be delivered directly to your hotel in Capri and you will visit the BLUE GROTTO (weather permitting), the AUGUSTUS GARDENS and stop at the famous Piazzetta. A Minibus will take you up to ANACAPRI. After lunch in Anacapri, you will reach your hotel and have free time for a romantic night on Capri where you will have the chance to have a special dinner in one of the panoramic restaurants or to enjoy your time on the island living the Capri summer nightlife. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: B L
04 - DAY CAPRI - SORRENTO - ROME
American buffet breakfast at the hotel and morning at your disposal to discover the island by yourself. At around 2:15pm check out from the hotel and depart to SORRENTO. Once in Sorrento you will transfer to Pompeii where you will join the bus to return to Rome. Arrival in Rome around 9:00 pm (drop off guaranteed in Termini Station / Barberini Square / Destination Italia Office).