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Classical Italian Songs

Classical Italian Songs

Of the last two centuries

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.

Join tenor Alessandro Fantini, pianist Giovanni Velluti and their team of singers who will lead you in this marvellous trip to enjoy Italian singing heritage.

A new recital that follows the success of Opera Greatest Hits.

Classical Italian Songs

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).

The baritone Pasquale Amato, Francesco Paolo Tosti and Enrico Caruso
The baritone Pasquale Amato, Francesco Paolo Tosti and Enrico Caruso, probably the greatest tenor of all time, in 1914

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.



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Dates and Prices 2019

Classical Italian Songs


30 September at 7:30 PM
7 October at 7:30 PM
21 October at 7:30 PM

Ticket price

Concert and Aperitivo
Adults € 30
Youngs(*) € 20
Kids(**) FREE
(*) 13-26 years old, with ID
(**) Under 13, with ID

Opera and dinner

The concert Classical Italian Songs includes un option of dinner or light dinner at the Zagara Restaurant, a two-minute walk from our hall.


Timetable and other info

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.


Box office

Piazza di Ponte Sant'Angelo 68, Rome (Italy).
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

In this section the music programs of upcoming concerts are periodically published
7 AND 21 OCTOBER 2019
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Un moto di gioia”
  • Gaetano Donizetti: “Me vojo fa'na casa”
  • Gaetano Donizetti: “Mezzanotte a Posillipo”
  • Gaetano Donizetti: “La conocchia”
  • Gioacchino Rossini: “La danza” (tarantella)
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Barcarola veneziana
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “Non t'accostare all'urna”
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “In solitaria stanza”
  • Giuseppe Verdi: Stornello
  • Adolf von Henselt: Romance in D flat Op.10
  • Francesco Paolo Tosti: “Ideale”
  • Francesco Paolo Tosti: “Marechiare”
  • Francesco Paolo Tosti: “La serenata”
  • Francesco Paolo Tosti: “L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra”
  • Francesco Paolo Tosti: “A' vucchella”
  • Stanislao Gastaldon: “Musica proibita”
  • Ernesto De Curtis: “Torna a Surriento”
  • Ernesto De Curtis: “Tu ca nun chiagne”
  • Salvatore Cardillo: “Core 'ngrato”
  • Luigi Denza: “Funiculì funiculà”
Alessandro Fantini (tenor)
Federica Gibilisco (soprano)
Giovanni Velluti (pianist)

Music programs are indicative and, on some occasions, may be subject to some modification.


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