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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.
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.
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.
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.