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Teatro alla Scala
Teatro alla ScalaThe world's most famous opera house. Founded in 1776 to replace a previous theatre destroyed by fire, La Scala was designed by the great neoclassical architect Giuseppe Piermarini and opened on August 3, 1778 with Antonio Salieri's opera "Europa Riconosciuta." In 1839 the first opera by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) was performed. He soon became the composer whose name is linked more than any other with the history of La Scala. Year after year, visitors come to La Scala to experience not only the superb performances onstage, but also the exquisite atmosphere of Milan's musical jewel.
Teatro dell'OperaSince its foundation in the 19th century, 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, ballet and symphonic music seasons, Teatro Costanzi 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. Other venues include Teatro Nazionale.
Teatro La Fenice
Teatro La FeniceLike the Phoenix for which the theatre is named, Teatro La Fenice finally rose from the ashes in November 2004. Following a devastating fire in 1996 that nearly burned the famous opera house to the ground, massive reconstruction took place to restore the theatre to its original splendor. Known worldwide for its dramatic beauty, La Fenice is also known for being the cradle of many great operas. It was the site of the infamous fiasco at the premiere of LA TRAVIATA, and of the great triumphs of TANCREDI, ERNANI, and RIGOLETTO that helped launch the careers of Rossini and Verdi. Some events in the upcoming season will take place at the restored and charming Teatro Malibran, located in the Cannaregio neighborhood.
Teatro San Carlo
Teatro San CarloThe San Carlo was built by King Charles of Bourbon who wished to endow his capital city with a state-of-the-art theatre. He succeeded. The theatre immediately became an object of admiration and was soon held to be without equal for the majesty of its architecture and for the perfection of its acoustics. Destroyed by fire in 1816, Teatro San Carlo was reconstructed under the direction of architect Antonio Niccolini. His efforts resulted in the structure we see today. Upon viewing the theatre at its reopening in 1818, the writer Stendhal remarked, "
Arena di Verona
Arena di VeronaThe Arena of Verona, an ancient Roman amphitheater, is one of the greatest and most prestigious archaeological monuments in Europe. Built in the first century AD, it has always been a powerful and suggestive place of entertainment: gladiatorial fights, jousts, tournaments and nightly games took place against a rich scenic background. Since the 19th century, theatrical and musical performances have become a constant feature, while the Verona Opera Festival came into being on the 10th of August 1913 to celebrate the centenary of composer Giuseppe Verdi's birth. Today, the Arena is famous for being the world's largest opera theater (with a seating capacity of 14,000, the Arena has a potential of hosting 700,000 spectators per season). The annual summer opera festival features such stellar names as Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Franco Zeffirelli among others. The result is always a spectacular season that draws to Verona a cosmopolitan audience of which more than half are non-Italians.
St. Mark's Anglican Church
St. Mark's Anglican ChurchFounded in 1877 by the English community, St. Mark's Church is a unique and intimate setting, a jewel of different architectural styles. This church provides a very special atmosphere for concerts, allowing the audience to enjoy the performance close to the artists on comfortable seats. The church is part of an old Medici Palace that was owned by Machiavelli, renovated in a neo-renaissance style with beautiful icons. In 2012, a new Open Air Summer Festival is organized at the amphitheater of Villa Strozzi. Enjoy the beautiful music performed by an orchestra and an amazing panoramic view under the stars, just a short distance from the Florence city center.
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Maggio Musicale FiorentinoMusic has always played a very important part in the artistic life of Florence. In fact, the very first opera was created here at the end of the 16th century. The temple of Florentine music today is the Teatro Comunale, home to the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, one of the oldest and most important music festivals in Europe. Partially destroyed twice, in the bombing of 1944 and in the flood of 1966, the Comunale was quickly rebuilt, symbolizing the city's sense of responsibility and renewal. Other venues include Teatro Verdi and, in the summer, the Boboli Gardens of the Palazzo Pitti. The historic Teatro Comunale will continue to host the major events of this season's 76th edition of the Maggio Musicale Festival, however, a few performances will be taking place in the brand new Teatro dell'Opera di Firenze, a 1,800-seat opera house with smaller concert halls and an outdoor facility for concerts, recitals and special events. Located on the western outskirts of Florence's historic center next to the Cascine Park, this strikingly contemporary theater complex was designed by ABDR, a Roman architectural firm, at the cost of 150 million euros.
Accademia di Santa Cecilia
Accademia di Santa CeciliaFounded in 1585, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia is one of the oldest musical institutions in the world. For centuries, it attracted the attention of the popes, ensuring its prominence in Rome with regard to cultural events. Today, the Accademia proposes seasonal events performed by some of the most celebrated contemporary artists and orchestras in the world. Currently, the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia's music director is Antonio Pappano. The Orchestra's new home - the state-of-the-art Parco della Musica - adds a whole new facet to the experience. Designed by Renzo Piano, Parco della Musica is made up of 3 separate venues, an outdoor amphitheatre [at which a summer festival season is held], and the ruins of an ancient villa [discovered only after ground was broken for the new concert hall]. For music lovers spending time in Rome, this will be a valuable addition to their stay.
I Virtuosi dell'opera di Roma
I Virtuosi dell'opera di RomaThe 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 spirt and culture presented in each performance.
Oratorio del Gonfalone
Oratorio del GonfaloneWhen it comes to "hidden gems" and "best-kept secrets", few locations can compare with L'Oratorio del Gonfalone. Embedded in the heart of the city, not far from Piazza Navona and Palazzo Farnese, the relatively simple facade hides a pictorial legacy that is absolutely fundamental in the history of visual arts. A collection of works that has thrown its influence across Italy and Europe, following the ethical and aesthetic ideals of the Counter Reformation to dominate the artistic mainstream for at least two centuries. Often the Gonfalone Oratory's beauty is described as that of a miniature Sistine Chapel. Popes, pilgrims, patients, prisoners, parades - and now music lovers from around the world - have passed through its portals and environs. It is in the 16th-century oratory adjacent to the Baroque church that intimate concerts are presented to a fortunate public of connoisseurs (there are only 150 seats available). Transformed into a concert hall several years ago, the Gonfalone offers the perfect venue for concerts thanks to its splendid frescoes portraying the cycle of the Passion of Christ, fine acoustics and rich cultural history. Seating is not assigned, with the exception of the first rows reserved for the musicians' guests.
Serate MusicaliFor nearly 40 years, Serate Musicali has been winning over the Milanese public with its high quality programs and world-class artists. Each season brings in stars of the international scene, like Gil Shaham, Andras Schiff, and Antonio Pappano. In addition, Serate Musicali also plays host to new discoveries, of which some have moved on to become international stars themselves, like Hilary Hahn. Many performances take place at the 'Sala Verdi', renowned throughout Europe for the quality of its acoustics. The 2013 season includes an homage to Debussy and Wagner, Bach and Brahms cycles, space for Schumann and Mendelssohn, and three centuries worth of 'Seasons', from Vivaldi to Glass. Enjoy everything from chamber music to symphonies. A great variety with great musical quality!
Opera Omnia (Guided Visit + Concert)
Opera Omnia (Guided Visit + Concert)With so much to offer visually, Rome is a city in which music can often be neglected. Every place has its angle and it isn't easy competing with the Colosseum and the Vatican. Opera Omnia has taken a thought-provoking path in using the incredible spaces that Rome has to offer not just as a backdrop for concerts, but as a fundamental aspect in the creation and presentation of their programming. This series of concerts take place in very distinctive locations: Chiesa Sant'Agnese in Agone, Galleria Doria Pamphilj and, occasionally, Villa Farnesina. And beginning in September 2012, the fabulous "Marble Hall" of Palazzo Barberini will be on display during a new program of Baroque musical treasures. In addition to the musical performance, the service includes a 30-minute guided explanation (approximate, in English) of the premises. Each location is special in its own right and characterizes one of the many hidden jewels of the Eternal City. For the highlights of each location, click on the "Additional Information" link on the individual concert page.
Interpreti VenezianiWith youthful exuberance and Italian brio, the Interpreti Veneziani performs music of Vivaldi and the ancient masters. This chamber ensemble plays on prestigious original instruments and has received international acclaim from audiences and critics alike for its incredibly beautiful and passionate performances. The series takes place in San Vidal Church, which was restored in the late 17th Century and displays Italian Renaissance works of Vittore Carpaccio and Italian Rococo works of Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. The brilliant programs, performed in harmony with the unforgettable atmosphere, create unity between music and art. Quintessential Venice!
Musica in Maschera
Musica in MascheraExperience art, music, dance and history with Musica in Maschera! Extraordinary period costumes, beautifully choreographed scenes and wonderful lighting will carry you to the enchanting world of Italian artistry. The concerts take place at the wonderful Scuola Grande dei Carmini, a museum dedicated to the artist Tiepolo, and also the last of the eight Scuole Grandi remaining in Venice at the time of the fall of the republic. Situated in Campo S. Margherita, near Ca' Rezzonico on the Grand Canal, the Scuola was founded in 1598 as a laical confraternity. The internal halls of the Scuola maintain the original ancient furnishings, important frescoes, oil paintings and wooden carvings. In the main hall you will find Tiepolo's famous nine canvases about the spiritual virtues. The intimate beauty of this venue will amaze you with perfect acoustics and a magical atmosphere.
Amici della Musica
Amici della MusicaConvinced that a music society worthy of the prestige of the city ought to be created in Florence, founder Alberto Passigli began Amici della Musica ("Friends of Music") in 1919. Though the early 20th century saw both concerts and opera on the schedule of the Amici della Musica, chamber music is now the focus. Today, this concert season is among the most prestigious in the world, representing one of the most lively cultural institutions to be found in Italy. Performances take place in Florence's oldest theatre, Teatro della Pergola. Built in 1656, it was once the private theatre of the grand dukes. Smaller programs take place in the 400-seat Saloncino, a former ballroom with superior acoustics. It is, in fact, often specifically chosen by vocalists for its magnificent sound.
Puccini FestivalThe Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago is the best opportunity to experience the very atmosphere that inspired the great composer Giacomo Puccini, who settled in this rural landscape from 1891. The lake and salt marsh that surround the city hide a world full of incomparable beauty. The Festival was created in 1930, in accordance with Puccini's wishes. In November 1924, in a letter addressed to Giovacchino Forzano, Puccini wrote: "I always come out here and take a boat to go snipe shooting... but just once I would like come here and listen to one of my operas in the open air." This statement remained so impressed in Forzano's heart, he put Puccini's wish into practice six years after the composer's death. Together with Pietro Mascagni - who had studied and shared a room with young Puccini - Forzano started the Puccini Festival. Because Torre del Lago is just west of Lucca and immediately south of Viareggio on the coast, it is an easy trip from Lucca, Pisa and Florence. The Festival continues to host some of the most famous and important names in the opera world, creating a truly unforgettable and distinctly Puccinian experience in the Tuscan countryside.
Teatro ComunaleInaugurated in 1763, Bologna's Teatro Comunale is one of Italy's oldest surviving theatres (second only to Naples' Teatro San Carlo). Not only is it one of the oldest, but the Comunale is also one of the most original, never having needed more than minor restorations. Set in the center of this famous university town, the Teatro Comunale has made important contributions by shaping the attitudes of Bologna while adopting and adapting ideas from abroad. A visit to Teatro Comunale is sure to be a historical and cultural high point of any Bolognese holiday.
Teatro Filarmonico, Verona
Teatro Filarmonico, VeronaThis historic theater in the heart of Verona, at the corner of the Piazza Bra, has had a difficult life. Beginning in 1716, Teatro Filarmonico served as the city's opera house for three decades until in 1749, a devastating fire razed the theater. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1754 only to be destroyed again 191 years later during an air raid in 1945. Determined, the community rebuilt the historic theater and in 1975 raised the curtain once again. Today, Teatro Filarmonico is part of the Arena di Verona organization and from October to May, serves as the venue for performances during the Arena's off-season. About 70 operas, ballets and concerts are presented each year, featuring some of the most internationally renowned artists, in addition to the Filarmonico's own repertory Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet Corps. Additionally, some symphonic events will take place at the nearby Teatro Ristori.
Associazione Giovanile Musicale
Associazione Giovanile MusicaleWith great pleasure we present a new piano-based musical organization in Rome. Young musicians who are accomplished and of high artistic merit will be participating and playing the most beautiful chamber music. There are many diverse groups: from violin/piano duos, to flautists, to quartets of cellos, and even a saxophone quartet. Several piano soloists are among the best in Rome, including Michelangelo Carbonara, Sebastiano Brusco, Marco Marzocchi, Fabiana Biasini, Cesare Marinacci and Mauro Arbusti. Saturday night concerts take place at the Methodist Church at Ponte Sant'Angelo, in front of the Castel Sant'Angelo in the heart of Rome. The church offers exceptional acoustics and an intimate ambiance in which the closeness between the audience and the musicians renders the concerts particularly captivating. The location also can't be beat as one of the easiest to find in Rome. Concerts on Fridays take place at Museum of Grenadiers (Museo dei Granatieri), a location no less enchanting, with a beautiful salon on its second floor.
Teatro MassimoAfter 25 years of restoration, the 19th century Teatro Massimo reopened its doors in May 1997 to much fanfare. In its early days, the theatre was one of the largest in Europe with a capacity for 3,200 spectators. It was an appropriately grand venue for the great tenor Enrico Caruso, whose career took off here. Today's regulations allow only about 1,350 in the audience, but the Massimo is no less beloved. In Europe, Teatro Massimo represents the high point of the typical Italian-style theatre. The atmosphere of the theatre, with its color scheme of sumptuous gold and red, is surpassed only by its sight lines and acoustics, to this day considered among the best in all of Europe. Though its history is full of political scandals and corruption - mostly surrounding the original construction in the late 1800s and its re-construction in the 1970s and 80s - Teatro Massimo bears witness to Palermo's progressive artistic rehabilitation.
Teatro Regio di Parma
Teatro Regio di ParmaHome of Verdi and resting place of the renowned violinist, Nicolo Paganini, Parma boasts a fine musical tradition and is home to one of Italy's most important opera venues, Teatro Regio. Inaugurated in 1829 with a performance of Bellini's ZAIRA, Teatro Regio is in beautiful neoclassical style. Attending a performance here is quite an experience, not only because the memory of Giuseppe Verdi (born in nearby Busseto) can be felt at every performance, but also because the Parma opera audience is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable in Italy. During the summer, Teatro Regio celebrates the work of Verdi by presenting a series of new productions.
Ravello (Amalfi Coast)
Ravello Concert Society
Ravello Concert SocietyIn the month of June, most performances at Villa Rufolo will be conducted outside, weather permitting. Otherwise performances take place in the Auditorium of Villa Rufolo. Concerts from June 28-Sep. 7, 2013 are part of a Chamber Music Festival that takes place at Chiesa dell'Annunziata in Campidoglio in the charming town of Scala, about 2 kilometers north of Ravello. Free shuttle service is available from Piazza Duomo, Ravello to Scala and back again after concerts included in this special festival. Performances in Scala take place INSIDE of the Church of Annunziata and thus, there is no view on the sea. Ravello, one of the gems of the Amalfi Coast, is a perfect combination of natural beauties, artistic monuments and cultural memories. It is well-known that Wagner found in Villa Rufolo both the inspiration for the scenery of PARSIFAL's second act, and the ideas to improve the whole musical structure of his last symphonies. Verdi stayed at the Villa Rufolo as well. Many great musicians and conductors, like Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini, Enrico Caruso, and Leonard Bernstein, stayed and worked here. This musical vacation continues today thanks to the commitment of the Ravello Concert Society. Beautiful concerts are organized throughout the season, including those in June which are open-air performances in the famous garden. All other performances in April, May, September and October take place inside the Villa itself.
Teatro PetruzzelliMuch like La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro Petruzzelli has a story of destruction and rebirth. Originally constructed in 1903, the theater was destroyed by arson in 1991. It took years to get construction re-started, but finally, in 2009, ownership of the theater passed from private hands to the city of Bari and the theater re-opened with a performance of the Ninth Symphony by Beethoven. The theater has a history of performing forgotten works, such as the IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE by Niccolo Piccinni, which hadn't been performed since 1779. That tradition continues after its rebirth from the flames, with exciting seasons of symphony performances and wonderfully staged opera and ballet.
Teatro Regio di Torino
Teatro Regio di TorinoThe idea to build the Teatro Regio of Torino was first conceived in 1713, however, many years passed before a plan for a new theatre came to fruition. On December 26, 1749 the theater officially opened with the premier of Francesco Feo's ARCASE. Teatro Regio boasts the premiers of hundreds of important works, including Giacomo Puccini's LA BOHEME and MANON LESCAUT and Richard Strauss's SALOME. Although it is widely thought that the ballet GISELLE was first danced on the La Scala stage, it actually premiered at Teatro Regio in 1842. The flourishing theatre became a mecca for works composed by Wagner and Strauss and showed its progressive attitude by being one of the first theaters to perform new French Opera. In February 1939 a devastating fire consumed the theatre's stage and hall and later, World War II bombings claimed the remainder of the building. The Teatro Regio that currently stands was rebuilt on the same grounds and opened in 1973 with Giuseppe Verdi's opera I VESPRI SICILIANI. Today, a quarter of a millennium from its foundation, the Teatro Regio continues to be a witness to the rich history and musical excellence of Torino and Italy.
Teatro VerdiAfter devoting years of his life to working and conducting in Trieste, it is a fitting tribute that the local theatre is named after its beloved Giuseppe Verdi. Neoclassical architect Matteo Pertsch built the exquisite Teatro Verdi in the late eighteenth-century. With its stately columns, elaborate adornments and lush elegance, Pertsch clearly drew his inspiration from such houses as La Scala of Milan and La Fenice of Venice. Teatro Verdi underwent massive renovations in 1977, to restore the slightly run-down theatre to its original grandeur. Each year the theatre offers an exciting program of opera, ballet and symphony concerts that span from ancient music to the contemporary.
Sferisterio Opera Festival
Sferisterio Opera FestivalIn 1819 construction began on the Arena Sferisterio amid the picturesque countryside of Macerata. The arena was originally intended to house Italy's national sport of handball. However, around 1909 the game's popularity began to decline due to the growing enthusiasm for football. By 1914 Arena Sferisterio showcased its first operatic performance of Vincenzo Bellini's NORMA. The enormous success of this venture paved the way to the Sferisterio's current position as one of Europe's premier venues for the operatic performances. Today this impressive open-air arena is home to the Macerata Opera Festival. As one of the country's most prestigious musical events, the festival attracts some of today's greatest musicians.
Teatro Carlo Felice
Teatro Carlo FeliceThough it was the most important commercial port in all of Italy in the 18th century, the city of Genova could not claim its own grand theatre - one appropriate for hosting prestigious performances. That changed in 1828 when the city inaugurated the neo-Classical Teatro Carlo Felice. Once adorned with Doric columns and statues, the original structure was unfortunately one of many Genovese casualties during World War II. Twice bombed in 1942, the wooden structure of the theatre was completely destroyed. The new Carlo Felice was completed in 1991. It is a thoroughly modern theatre that offers excellent acoustics and an elegant atmosphere. The interior of the theatre represents an interesting example of modern design. The auditorium gives spectators the sensation of being in the middle of an enormous town square, modeled after those typical of Genova with their marble balconies and the high and narrow windows which line the city's twisting alleyways.
Musica in Maschera Florence
Musica in Maschera FlorenceThanks to an extraordinary restoration effort, Musica in Maschera can now present its best and most enchanting shows at the renowned Teatro Auditorium al Duomo. This convention center is located in the historic Via de' Cerretani, mere steps from the railway and the Duomo cathedral. Enhanced with the most modern equipment and technology, this contemporary location can truly enrich these exuberant performances. Some performances may take place in the Auditorium S. Stefano or the Complesso Monumentale "Il Fuligno", also in Florence.