Teatro dell’Opera 2020 Season

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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 2020 season is no exception. From ballet and opera to musicals, concerts and drama, there is something in store for every theater enthusiast.

Opera and ballet performances are staged between January and November at Teatro Costanzi, while during the summer, the program takes place in the stunning scenery of the open-air Roman Terme di Caracalla (except for this year, taking place at the Circus Maximus to ensure anti-Covid safety measures).

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The 2020 season opens at Teatro Nazionale with The Nutcracker, a two-act Christmas ballet with music by Čajkovskij (4 Dec – 15 Dec). On December 10th don’t miss out on Les Vepres Siciliennes, a five-act opera with music by the grand composer Giuseppe Verdi (10 Dec – 22 Dec). The month of December continues with Giacomo Puccini’s music in Tosca, a melodrama in three acts (12 Dec – 21 Dec). And on New Year’s Eve, Teatro Costanzi opens the curtains with Swan Lake, lasting through the holidays (31 Dec – 8 Dec).

The end of January sees I Capuleti e I Montecchi as protagonist, a reworked two-act opera on the story of Romeo and Juliet by Vincenzo Bellini (23 Jan – 6 Feb) followed by the ballet Serata Jerome Roberts (30 Jan – 5 Feb). Evgenij Onegin will steal the show with its three-act opera (18 Feb – 29 Feb), not to mention the ballet Il Corsaro, based on the poem The Corsair by Lord Byron (1 Mar – 8 Mar) (CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS MINISTERIAL DECREE). While Puccini’s three-act opera, Turandot, where a prince needs to solve three riddles to marry the Princess Turandot, premieres at the end of March (25 Mar – 5 Apr) (CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS MINISTERIAL DECREE). And till the end of April, the three-act opera based on Alexander Ostrovsky’s The Storm, Kat’A Kabanova, is on at Teatro Costanzi to delight you (19 Apr – 28 Apr).

May kicks off with the triple ballet Suite en blanc / Serenade / Bolero, with the melodies of composers Edouard Lalo, Piotr Ilyich Čajkovskij and Maurice Ravel (6 May – 10 May). The month of May closes with Giuseppe Verdi’s three-act opera, Luisa Miller (22 May – 31 May). On May 30th, Teatro Costanzi premieres Messa da Requiem, a musical composition by Giuseppe Verdi. And to close off the first part of the season at Teatro Costanzi, French composer Georges Bizet’s Carmen is set to delight till the end of June (14 Jul – 15 Jul).

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma 2020 Season

While mid June, the program changes location and takes place in the outdoor Roman Terme di Caracalla. The Summer Season includes the Roman singer Claudio Baglioni (6 Jun – 18 Jun), the worldwide famous ballet dancer Roberto Bolle and Friends (9  – 11 July), the ballet Strictly Gershwin (30 Jun – 2 Jul), Rossini’s opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia (7 Jul – 7 Aug), the Aida (12 Jul – 4 Aug), An Evening with Yusuf Cat Stevens (20 Jul), and the operetta in three acts – The Merry Widow (26 Jul – 6 Aug).

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From September, the program takes place once again at Teatro Costanzi and begins with Maurice Jarre’s ballet, Notre-Dame De Paris (24 Sep – 1 Oc), followed by Igor Stravinskij’s The Rakes Progress (18 Oct – 29 Oct) and Oedipus Rex (23 Oct – 24 Oct). The Teatro dell’Opera’s 2020 season closes off La Traviata, the famous opera in three acts after Alexandre Dumas Jr.’s La Dame aux Camélias, which will enchant you till mid November (3 Nov – 13 Nov).


For the full program: operaroma.it

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  • We will be traveling to Rome in May 2019. We wish to attend a performance, and look forward to doing so. We will be booking soon. Thanks.

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