Opera and Classical Concerts in Rome
Dreaming of a trip to Italy? Make your dream come true and enjoy this hospitable Mediterranean country as you take in the many marvels offered by each and every village and city on the Italian peninsula and its islands. Awaiting you are beautiful landscapes and incredible architectural constructions, the delicious gastronomic specialities and exquisite wines, the ancient history and contemporary culture of Rome, the street fiestas and festivities, and the musical performances in opera houses and concert halls.
Like the rest of Italy, Rome offers its visitors a wide range of possibilities. And should you decide to visit the Italian capital, it is advisable to plan your trip in advance in order to make the most of your stay in the city.
Of course, one of Rome’s main attractions is the extensive programme of cultural events: operas, ballets, concertos, dinner-concerts and other performances take place in illustrious opera houses, concert halls, churches and palaces.
How about attending an opera at the Teatro Costanzi (also known as the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma)? The programme for each season at the opera house in Rome includes well-known works by great composers, such as The Elixir of Love by G. Donizetti, Rigoletto by Verdi, Manon Lescaut by G. Puccini, Carmen by G. Bizet and La Traviata by Verdi, directed by conductors of such stature as Riccardo Muti, among others. But we advise you to reserve your tickets in advance as these performances are in high demand.
You can also reserve tickets for operatic events which are performed at other opera houses, such as Teatro Salone Margherita, or at churches, such as Rome’s Chiesa di San Paolo dentro le Mura (church of St Paul’s Within the Walls) and All Saints Church. La Traviata and The Barber of Seville are just two of the operas performed, along with other events that present a selection of some of the best opera arias in a single show.
Furthermore, these and other stages in Rome also host beautiful performances of ballet, such as Tschaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, or Prokofiev’s Cinderella, among others. And there are also other kinds of shows featuring, for instance, both opera and ballet (such as Opera e Balletto) or Baroque music and ballet (such as Barrocco e Balletto).
Another highlight of Rome’s cultural panorama is its concerts of classical music. In the Italian capital, as in the rest of the country, music has been of great importance throughout its history. So another great option is to attend a classical concert at one of the churches, concert halls or palaces where they frequently take place. Orchestral concerts sometimes include great opera arias, or can often be combined with a tour of the church or palace where the performance is being given, or even combined with dinner after the concert. You will have a chance to delight your ears with the works of some of the great masters, such as A. Vivaldi, G. Donizetti, G. Puccini, G. Verdi and G. Rossini, to name a few. Among the venues where such magnificent concerts are performed, some highlights are the Sala Baldini, the church of Ponte Sant'Angelo, the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj and the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone, among others.
In short, you can choose from a wide range of musical options of the highest quality, at equally illustrious venues in Rome.