A collection of the greatest Italian songs from Gioacchino Rossini, Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti to “Arrivederci Roma” passing through Giuseppe Verdi, Francesco Paolo Tosti, and the greatest Neapolitan songs; all performed with RomeConcerts high quality standards.
A new recital that follows the success of Opera Greatest Hits in Rome.
Since the end of 18th century along with the great tradition of Italian Opera and Belcanto a huge treasure of small pieces flourished , hidden gems that have gained immortal fame in the heart and imagination of people.
Just think of “O' paese do sole” or “Funiculì funiculà”: songs which where
Enrico Caruso favourite encores and that enjoyed the radio and movie recordings of Mario Lanza and
the worldwide broadcasting of Luciano Pavarotti concerts.
This just to mention the most famous among the many interpreters of Italian songs.
Naples was the arrival point of the “Grand Tour” in 19th century and Neapolitan songs belong to the history of music thanks to Franz Liszt's memories, to Gioacchino Rossini's Tarantella, to the heritage of the great austrian piano virtuoso Sigismund Tahlberg who as Gaetano Donizetti (who was born in northern Italy) settled in Naples (Posillipo).
But Italian songs are more. Sir Francesco Paolo Tosti in the second part of 19th century was the most
sought after singing teacher.
He settled in England and his melodies and songs perfectly represent the “fin du siecle” mood. Her majesty, the King Edward VII appointed him baronet.
In the dawn of the 20th century, when the “Great War” was knocking on Europe's door to change the world as it was then known, the great popular neapolitan songs were composed.
In the years between the two wars and later the Italian song evolved in something different, more modern, but always preserving that magic touch of warmth and spontaneous melody.
Internationally-acclaimed musicians (tenor, soprano and pianist) will guide your experience of the music with commentary and anecdotes in English. .
Immediately after the impressive concert, you will have the opportunity to meet the artists drinking
Prosecco in the pleasant setting of an Aperitivo, a small reception to round off your evening in a
quintessentially Italian way.
The Aperitivo after the concert is a RomeConcerts characteristic to increase the sense of a "private event" through the opportunity to meet the artists and to know what they are trying to do with their performances.
Our Aperitivo is very simple: some "mini pizzas" with tomato sauce and some good sparkling wine (Spumante or Prosecco).
The secret ingredient is friendship: to put sincere enthusiasm in making music and meeting the audience.
The Classical Italian songs concert is ideal for people who want to approach Italian classical songs
from Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini up to Neapolitan songs with a professional musical approach.
30 September at 7:30 PM
7 October at 7:30 PM
21 October at 7:30 PM
The concert Classical Italian Songs includes un option of dinner or light dinner at the Zagara Restaurant, a two-minute walk from our hall.
The doors open 10-15 minutes before the start of the concert.
The concert lasts about 75 minutes and is without interval.
Aperitivo with the artists in the 30 minutes following the end of the concert.
No dresscode requested.
The hall is fully accessible for wheelchairs.
Piazza di Ponte Sant'Angelo 68, Rome (Italy). A few meters from Sant'Angelo Castel and the St. Peter's Basilica.
Piazza di Ponte Sant'Angelo 68,
On the day of the concert, from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM (4:00 PM to 8:00 PM from 21 June to 20 September).
Music programs are indicative and, on some occasions, may be subject to some modification.