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Rome: the Opera's summer season moves to Circus Maximus

The Rome Opera House moves from Terme di Caracalla to Circo Massimo for summer 2020

The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma is back with its summer edition. But this year the open-air performances won’t be held at the Terme di Caracalla, instead, they will take place in the stunning Circo Massimo from July 16th to August 13th. 

Get ready for 21 performances ranging from opera and ballet to concerts and galas with stars like Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the opera scene under the stars, with a 1500sqm stage and 1000 seats, ensuring all safety measures and distancing.

The 2020 summer season kicks off with a new staging of a great classic, Verdi’s Rigoletto (16, 18, 20 July) conducted by maestro Daniele Gatti and directed by Damiano Michieletto, who return to work together after La damnation de Faust, Abbiati award-winner for the best 2017 production. The new staging will feature Paolo Fantin’s scenes, Carla Teti’s costumes, Chiara Vecchi’s choreographic movements and Alessandro Carletti’s lights. Chorus Master Roberto Gabbiani. The visual part is produced in collaboration with Indigo Film.

Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, one of the most famous operas, will take place on July 2nd and 29th and August 1st, 4th, 8th, 11th and 13th. To follow, the premiere of a new ballet, The Four Seasons (25, 26, 30 July and 2, 3 Aug), on the notes of Antonio Vivaldi by Giuliano Peparini. The Roman choreographer, at his third creation for the Capitoline company, tells the “seasons” of love: from the first glances (Spring), to passion (Summer), to their progressive extinction (Autumn), up to boredom (Winter).

Franz Lehár’s operetta The Merry Widow, directed by Stefano Montanari will premiere on stage on July 31st, as well as August 5th, 7th and 12th. While on August 6th and 9th, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the much-awaited return of the international stars Anna Netrebko e Yusif Eyvazov. The two are an extraordinary couple in art and in life, back to sing together in Rome seven years after the Manon Lescaut directed by Maestro Muti, who introduced them.


From July 16th till August 13th, 2020
Circo Massimo (4 entrances)
Performances at 9pm

Rome: the Opera's summer season moves to Circus Maximus

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