Chiesa di S. Paolo Entro Le Mura (St. Paul Within the Walls), Rome - Via Nazionale, 16A
Located conveniently in Rome's historical center, about 3 blocks west of "Repubblica" metro stop on Via Nazionale. The Church is located at the corner of Via Nazionale and Via Napoli. Please consult a detailed map for directions from your accommodations.
Operas are typically performed in their original language with Italian
subtitles. Get the full story before the opera! Select Italy offers a variety of libretti in
English to complement your opera tickets.
Dress nicely for Italian musical events. You may be turned away if you are
dressed too casually. Opening night opera performances require a full dark suit for men, an
elegant dress for ladies.
Operas, ballets and concerts can run anywhere from 1.5 to 3+ hours.
Consider your evening transportation options for returning to your hotel. Some trains or
public transportation may not be available after 10:30 pm.
Some theaters may be equipped for those with disabilities. Please contact
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Chiesa di San Paolo Entro le Mura (Church of St Paul Within the Walls) was the first non-Catholic church in Rome, built after the unification of Italy. It was Reverend Robert J. Nevin who bought the land and obtained the necessary authorization from the Italian government.
The Church was built by the English architect George Edmund Street from 1873 to 1880 in the Romanesque-Gothic style and is characterized externally by red brick alternating with travertine. The interior has three naves which highlight stained glass windows depicting the life of St. Paul and mosaics depicting the apocalypse.
Some of the fathers of the Church are depicted in other mosaics; curiously, faces of some important figures from the nineteenth century were used as models for their realization. St. Andrew has the face of Abraham Lincoln, St. James has that of Giuseppe Garibaldi, and St. Patrick that of General Grant, a star of the American Civil War.
Synopsis: The Orchestra I Virtuosi dell'Opera di Roma, formed by professors of the most prestigious Italian conservatories, specializes in performing whole operas, especially those from the Italian tradition.
"La Traviata", the most famous opera by Giuseppe Verdi, set in Paris in the mid-1800s, tells of the impossible love between Violetta, a well-known courtesan, and Alfredo, a young good-looking nobleman. From its beginning, their story is predestined to end in tragedy.
During a party, courtesan Violetta discovers that Alfredo has been in love with her for the past year. A short while afterwards, they are living together near Paris, but because of her past behaviour, Alfredo's father asks her to leave him. Violetta sacrifices herself and Alfredo, unaware, hurts her. A few months later Violetta is dying. Soon Alfredo is there at her bedside. Crying out that she feels life returning, she falls dead in his arms.