Rome Opera House Program
Teatro dell’Opera di Roma has gained an increase in international prestige over the years, hosting performances by world-renowned artists such as Caruso, Gigli, Del Monaco, Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé and Raina Kabaivanska, as well as acclaimed orchestra conductors Toscanini, De Sabata, Klemperer, Abbado and the Master Riccardo Musti since 2008. And the 2021-22 season is no exception. From ballet and opera to musicals, concerts and drama, there is something in store for every theater enthusiast.
As any lover of the theatre will sustain, it is the most remarkable combination of art, harmonious sound, and meaning; all garnished with a hint of emotion leaving the audience enchanted by the performance. And it is exactly this that the new season of the Rome Opera House will bring to us in the upcoming months – offering traditional pieces and ones rarely performed; twelve operas, six ballets, and a film-opera, too. This season represents the grand opening after the closure imposed by the state of emergency hence why it can be expected to be even more spectacular than ever, hosting internationally acclaimed protagonists and making of the Roman cultural scene envied by the world.
Opera and ballet performances are staged between September and May at Teatro Costanzi, while during the summer, the program takes place in the stunning scenery of the open-air Roman Terme di Caracalla.
The pre-inauguration of this season will begin with two autumnal performances. One from the 14th to the 19th of September, a ballet, the masterpiece called Notre-Dame de Paris by Roland Petit – appearing for the first time on stage at the Teatro Costanzi. The other, from the 17th to the 26th of October, is Verdi’s Joan of Arc, with new production value, from Daniele Gatti’s musical reading to the imagery of Davide Livermore, bringing it to us refreshed after its first debut in 1972.
The opera season will be crowned with the opening performance, the inauguration; join the show on the 20th of November watching Julius Caesar, a play commissioned to one of the greatest composers alive, Giorgio Battistelli. With the libretto of Ian Burton directed by Robert Carsen, and conducted by Daniel Gatti, the stage will become an absolute dream. But the 2021-22 season would not be the same without the symbolic Tosca of Puccini directed by Alessandro Talevi, in theatre from the 4th of December, with conductor Paolo Arrivabeni, and starring Saioa Hernández for the first time at the Opera House interpreting Floria Tosca.
To start the new year off right, in January the much awaited Kát’a Kabanová by Leoš Janáček will see first the light of the stage in coproduction with the Royal Opera House of London. We can sit in to witness this widely known tragedy of social conflict in an authoritarian regime, with conductor David Robertson, and actors like Corinne Winters, Charles Workman, Susan Bickley e Julian Hubbard.
For the lovers of ballet, from the 19th of December until the 2nd of January, the Season brings us The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, a cult classic of Christmas festivities that should not be missed out on – a perfect way to bid farewell to 2021 or welcome the new year in company of the talented conductor Nir Kabaretti.
For the opera fanatics, February will see Luisa Miller, directed by Michele Mariotti, who happens to be the future music director of the Opera House. March shall be reserved for Turandot; April for The Puritans; June for Verdi’s Ernani; to then move to the Roman Terme di Caracalla for the summer, but ending in the season back in the Teatro Costanzi in October, with Gluck’s Alceste. Meanwhile, the ballet set will open the month of love with the talented trio of Forsythe / Inger / Blanc, while in May we will see The Corsair, with the choreography of José Carlos Martínez. The elegant show which was interrupted in 2021 due to the closure of theatres will now be revived with international guest stars like Marianela Núñez, Maia Makhateli, Kimin Kim, and Vadim Muntagirov, all of whom will sure leave the audience in awe. September will see the Serata Preljocaj, with a novel and creative choreography, and the curtains of this year’s season will close with the last ballet in October, Giselle, to pay tribute to Carla Fracci, one of the most famous ballet interpreters, considered by the New York Times to be the greatest of the 20th century.
While in 2021 the summer months were spent at the Circus Maximus, in 2022 the Roman Opera House returns to its original setting for the warm months, holding seven different performances at the Roman Terme di Caracalla from June until August. One can witness operas like Bernstein’s Mass, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, or Bizet’s Carmen, ballets such as Jarre’s Notre-Dame de Paris, concerts by the Italian songwriter Claudio Baglioni and by the German pop and crossover violinist David Garrett, the worldwide famous ballet dancer Roberto Bolle and Friends under the stars of the skyline of Rome – a magical experience in the marvellous archeological site of Roman Baths.
Keep in mind, that in order to attend these events, you will need to show proof of vaccination, the so called ‘Green pass.’
For the full program: operaroma.it