Founded in the late 19th Century by the entrepreneur Costanzi, this theater was for a long time considered to be one of the most prestigious opera theaters in Europe. Having gone through some difficult years, the Teatro dell'Opera has recently returned to its status as a primary venue for opera, ballet and symphonic music seasons. During the summer, opera is staged at the lovely Terme di Caracalla or the beautiful Piazza di Siena in the Villa Borghese gardens.
The Parco della Musica-Cavea Auditorium hosts a series of concerts, festivals, events and other shows every year. It brings in some famous performers like Diana Ross, Joe Jackson and Jim Hall. 'Flamenco', 'Luglio Suona Bene' and 'PianoSolo' are three of the musical festivals held at the Auditorium each year. The Auditorium brings in a cross cultural mix of musical tastes from ballet to opera to jazz. For the best performances in Rome, visit the Auditorium while tickets are still available.
Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti has, over the years, become an excellent musical point of reference in Rome. It offers up-and-coming musicians the chance to give concerts and solo performances to a wide audience in order to win wider fame. Concerts by the likes of Richard Galliano, Roberto Cominati, Angela Hewitt and Daniil Trifonov have been held here.
This theater is famous for its cabaret and satirical shows, starring Italian actors famous in this particular field, many of whom used this theater to launch their careers. The elegant foyer recalls times gone by and attracts an aristocratic Roman audience. This theater truly provides an experience of a lifetime. For more information on event schedules and reservations, call ahead.
Commissioned by Prince Maffeo Sciarra for the production of operettas and light comedies, this theater was constructed entirely of wood in 1871. It was rebuilt in stone at the beginning of the century and owes its present appearance to the architect Piacentinin who was responsible for its restoration in the 1950s. The stage has played host to many famous Italian actors including Fregoli, Petrolini, Visconti and Gassman. Today the Quirino is managed by the Italian Theater Board and mainly offers high-quality classical and contemporary theater productions. A particularly interesting initiative is Dopo il sipario during which the audience can talk and mingle with the actors. The theater also houses seminars, meetings, conferences and art exhibitions.
Constructed by the statesman Agrippa, a deputy of Rome's first emperor, Augustus, Anfiteatro Romano Ostia Antica is a theater named after the archaeological site on which it stands. Although it was built to accommodate 3000, post renovation it has a capacity of 4000 spectators. Apart from being a wonderful historical landmark, it also serves as a venue for many concerts, festivals and cultural events.
Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan Forum was built over the site of a small church belonging to the order of the Compagnia di San Bernardo. The new church passed into the hands of the Company of the Most Holy Name of Mary, which is how it got its name. It is easy to find because of its location next to the Church of Santa Maria di Loreto. The church was built upon the occasion of the Christians' victory against the Turks, which took place on the September 12, 1683, and this is also the day that the festival of Santissimo Nome di Maria takes place. The church is built in an 18th-century Baroque style on an elliptic plan, and is made up of seven chapels. The interior is richly decorated with stucco-work, marble, and medallions showing scenes from the life of Mary. The main altar holds a very famous image on wood of the Virgin with Child.
Popular among locals as Il Milite Ignoto 'The Unknown Soldier', Complesso del Vittoriano is a museum that houses the bodies of various soldiers who fought in the World War I. After efforts of more than 20 years put into constructing this monument, it was finally completed in 1911. The architecture and exterior of the museum is of equal importance. The front facade of the museum is embellished with statues representing the various regions of Italy. The fountains of the two seas, greets visitors who enter through the gates. Do pay close attention to the inscriptions on various artifacts.
Near the Piazza del Popolo, the Church of the Gesù, Frascati, Rome's first Jesuit church, served as a model for later churches. Its appearance was changed in the 17th Century, when its original austerity ceded to Baroque decoration. Designed by Andrea Pozzo, the chapel of Sant' Ignazio, with its columns in lapis lazuli and its gilded friezes, is typical of Baroque taste. Bernini is represented by a statue dedicated to San Roberto Bellarmino, a great theologian of the counter-Reformation. Do not miss the allegorical frescoes of the nave, with stuccoes by Antonio Raggi, designed by Giovan Battista Gaulli, known as Baciccia, and responsible also for the paintings in the vault, the dome and the apse.
Waldensian Evangelical Church (Chiesa Evangelica Valdese) is a beautiful Waldensian church built in the 19th Century. The church has a striking, Renaissance exterior with intricate artwork on the entrance that is simply impossible to miss. The interior of the church is as artistic as its façade with well-laid out columns, coffered ceilings and stained-glass windows pouring in ample of sunlight illuminating every corner. The organ of the church is worth your appreciation, it dates back to the 18th Century; the dual-keyboard organ can hit up to 61 notes and choirs and concerts revolve impeccably around the organ.
Teatro Flaiaio Piccola Lirica offers a fresh take on classic opera. Traditional masterpieces are reworked into a 90-minute format and feature young and upcoming actors in a small traditional theater. By retaining the heart of the work and then adding to it with new ideas and modern technology, the audience has the opportunity to experience the best of opera.