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The concert Opera Greatest Hits



The concert Opera Greatest Hits

A musical journey you will treasure

The concert Opera Greatest Hits covers a wide array of well-known classics, in an intimate hall in which the musicians are just feet from the audience. Arias and duets from opera greats, like Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini will sound between the hall walls. Exciting pieces for solo piano, by masters of the instrument like Chopin and Liszt, will be interpreted between the marvellous vocal performances. Apart from the well-known classical numbers, Neapolitan songs by genre leaders such as “Funiculì funiculà”, “Torna a Surriento” or “Core 'ngrato”, will round off the programme and give you an exquisite taste of Italian musical greatness.

Giovanni Velluti, Federica Gibilisco, Monica Cucca and Alessandro Fantini
The protagonists of the concert: Giovanni Velluti (piano), Federica Gibilisco (soprano), Monica Cucca (soprano) and Alessandro Fantini (tenor)

Internationally-acclaimed musicians 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.

RomeConcerts brings the Opera in Rome, in the full Heart of the City. The concert is in fact located just meters away from the Castel Sant'Angelo and the legendary St. Peter's Basilica, in a warm and intimate hall at Piazza di Ponte Sant'Angelo.

Alessandro Fantini and Federica Gibilisco
 

Federica Gibilisco and Monica Cucca
 

Giovanni Velluti at the piano
 

Monica Cucca and Alessandro Fantini
 

The concert Opera Greatest Hits suits everybody:

  • people who are not familiar with Opera but want to approach it;
  • kids and youngs; thanks to a program which is fluent, catchy and various and for the English explainations and anecdotes;
  • connoisseurs and music lovers, thanks to the high quality of our concerts.

It is a unique experience because our hall allows only 80 people and the audience feel like taking part to a private concert. Performers are just feet from the spectators.

Special concerts are held during the Christmas period.

Viewers' opinion

Spine Tingling....

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Fabulous evening.... stunning pianist... superb Singers... 10/10 A truly Awesome experience... so glad we went!!!

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Set 21, 2019 by Ian C

standing ovation

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Monica alessandro e roberto, a trio that drags you and enchants you in a cozy environment where you appreciate voices and sounds at best, while you feel like you're sitting in a nineteenth-century setting. we recommend them!

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Set 20, 2019 by travellerinthedark53

Wow! Don’t miss it!

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We stayed an extra day in order to see this and get tickets ! An intimate setting showcasing outstanding talent. The music literally gave me goosebumps it’s that good . It doesn’t get more ITALIAN than this!!!!

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Set 15, 2019 by kilarney888, Edmonton, Canada

Amazing Musical Experience

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This show was one of the highlights of our visit to Rome and since it was our last evening in Rome, it was the perfect way to end our visit. I’ll never forget the virtuosity of the pianist and the powerful voices that soared to the heavens. Thank you to the artists and thank you to RomeConcerts for an unforgettable experience.

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Set 15, 2019 by billjennerich, Edmonton, Canada

Exelente

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Unos profesionales, nos encanto!!! Totalmente recomendable la calidad de las voces y el piano impresionante un concierto privado solo para ti... un sentimiento al cantar que se trasmite al instante!!!! Al comienzo veras que la iglesia es muy pequeña pero al escuchar sus voces quedaras muy satisfecho... nos encanto....

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Set 13, 2019 by Renato O, Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde

Don't miss it!!

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This was the first time we had been to opera. We decided as we were in Rome for a few days holiday we had nothing to lose going to see this as an introduction. Wow! We were blown away! It's a small church, nothing fancy, stark lighting, only two singers and a pianist. I spent most of the concert with a lump on my throat. The singers were absolutely beautiful. They took turns singing and then duetted after a while. Wonderful voices! Now onto the piano player. What can I say, he was amazing!! He did a few pieces on his own and wow what a talent! I felt privileged to have been a part of it and it has definitely made me want to go to the opera again. Also, a nice touch at the end handing out glasses of fizz. A great night

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Set 10, 2019 by Tburd2312

Lovey Opera experience in a beautiful church

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Great musical experience in the heart of Rome. This was our first experience and the small beautiful setting with the talented musicians including the pianist was simply amazing. Their passion for their music shone through.
Would love to attend again.

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Set 7, 2019 by V M

En oplevelse du ikke må gå glip af

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Fantastisk aften på et højt musikalsk niveau. Herudover nød vi den intime oplevelse det var at sidde så tæt på kunstnerne og bagefter tale med dem.

Det må i ikke gå glip af!!

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Set 6, 2019 by michaeldU3517YC

Ivan Stefanov

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Great performance!Very contemporary.I love opera and this performance made my love to opera even stronger.I strongly recommend this to all who love music.

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Aug 26, 2019 by ivanstefan0v

Superou as expectativas

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Comprei como uma opção de lazer, pensando ser mais um show para turistas qualquer. Amparado nas boas notas aqui recebidas, decidi arriscar: valeu cada centavo. Recomendo! 3 músicos que fazem um belo espetáculo de voz e piano, em um espaço intimo e acolhedor.

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Aug 8, 2019 by Otavio T

Tolle Vorstellung in persönlicher Atmossphäre

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Schöne Auswahl der Stücke mit sehr guten Künstlern (sowohl am Piano als auch die beiden Sänger). Sehr persönlicher Rahmen in einer kleinen Kirche (ca. 50 Personen)
Auf jeden Fall ein Highlight und sehr empfehlenswert!

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Jul 28, 2019 by Heinrich J

A magic evening in Rome

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A magic evening in Rome, even if you are not an opera goer! Neapolitan songs too. Chat with singers. Full of emotion and beauty. Fantastic vocals.

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Jul 26, 2019 by Natasha S

An excellent musical experience

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The singers and pianist were very good in their performances and the acoustical ambience of the location lifted this musical to an encompassing show. It lasted for a bit more than an hour, which was adequate. This is certainly an experience to savour when in Rome.

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Jul 21, 2019 by Francis-Helen

Simply wonderful!

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What a beautiful show! So touching! The singers are so talented. All family, from children to the oldest felt involved and delighted. I don't have words to describe so incredible experience!! Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!!

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Jul 12, 2019 by Dadopsi, Sao Paulo, SP

Martin Z, Czech Republic, 28. jun 2019

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Absolutely amazing performance and we spent very nice time with wonderful music.

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Magical - As Good as it Gets!

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This has to be the best and most magical musical experience I have ever experienced. Imagine two opera singers, a tenor and soprano, of the highest quality, singing some of the most famous arias and Neapolitan songs (Nessun dorma, Casta diva, Habanera, Core 'ngrato, ...), accompanied by an extraordinary pianist who also played some solo pieces (Chopin's Fantasie impromptu op. 66), and being seated only a few feet away, as if they were in your living room! That is exactly what this experience is. The church is tiny - literally only 5-10 pews, and with very nice acoustics. Even if you are a seasoned opera and concert goer, you will likely not have experienced anything like this. The singers, Alessandro Fantini and Monica Cucca, were absolutely wonderful and top rate. They are mature, experienced and highly accomplished opera singers, having sung professionally in many operas. I felt like I was listening to Giuseppe Di Stefano and Maria Callas (no exaggeration)! The pianist, Giovanni Velluti, is a distinguished pianist with a highly distinguished career. His accompaniment was perfect and sounded like an orchestra. While this review may sound over the top, it is NOT. This was really a very special experience that my family and I will not forget. After the concert was over, we enjoyed a glass of champagne and got to talk to the performers. This is an unforgettable event that is guaranteed to highlight your stay in Rome. If you love opera and bel canto singing of the highest quality, as well as solo piano, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to this concert. My guess is that this intimate experience won't last long, as they will eventually have to move to a larger venue as the word gets out and they get more and more popular. The location is in the church just opposite the Ponte Sant'Angelo. Not to be missed!

Reviewed on TripAdvisor May 15, 2019 by joepas58, San Diego, California

Seppo K, Finland, 11. may 2019

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The program consisted beatyful arias and piano piecies. Very enjoyable. The artists vere charming.

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Kimberleigh B, United Kingdom, 11. may 2019

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An amazing evening with wonderfully talented people.

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Andy M, United Kingdom, 10. may 2019

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Fantastic evening of opera classics. Never experienced live opera before, highly recommended.

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Natalie C, Australia, 03. may 2019

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Great show that provided a taste of Italian Opera. Highly recommended

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The Highlight of Our Trip

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This concert was one of the highlights of our trip to Rome. We weren't sure what to expect since it is marketed for all ages and because it seemed less formal than some of the other events we considered, but we were blown away by the talent of the performers and by the complexity of the pieces they performed. The intimate space, along with the personal conversations we had after the show, really helped us feel connected to the experience. We were traveling with two teenage boys, both vocalists, and they were mesmerized. In fact, this was the first event of our travels, and it was hard to top! Please don't miss this show!

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Apr 26, 2019 by Navigate308051

Nathan Henderson - Apr 2019

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My family found the venue quite easily at the Ponte Sant'Angelo, just across the river from Castel Sant'Angelo. (You can get some fantastic night photos after the performance)! The neighborhood felt safe, and there were several excellent restaurants to choose from after the performance. We were immediately struck by the intimate venue. Even the farthest seats from the performers were perhaps only 40-50 feet away. The acoustics were great. The church pews were surprisingly comfortable. The staff checked everyone in quickly and with courtesy. The program flowed well, and the hour passed almost too quickly. The brilliant pianist provided brief explanations at appropriate moments during the evening. The program was a parade of bel canto favorites, alternating with Romantic era piano solos by Chopin and Liszt to let the singers rest from the demanding repertoire. The soprano filled the venue, surrounding the audience with her sweet and agile voice. At several moments during the performance, she ventured out through the audience, greatly magnifying that effect. The tenor soared through Puccini and Verdi effortlessly, an obvious veteran of those challenging pieces. He blended masterfully, providing a solid foundation during the duet portion of the performance. The first set alternated between the soprano, the tenor, and the pianist, while the second set combined the three in various duets. The program drew to a close with several Neapolitan favorites. After the much-deserved applause, they surprise you. I was expecting a mere mixer after the show, but the tenor pops the cork on a bottle of prosecco and begins to sing again while pouring. The soprano quickly joins, and they sing and pour until everyone is satisfied. They gladly stay for conversation and pictures afterward. It was a fantastic way to end the evening. This was easily one of the highlights of our visit to Rome. You get a professional performance, sitting closer than you would ever get in the opera house. As a musician myself, I give them my enthusiastic recommendation!

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Olga N, Israel, 23. mar 2019

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Beautiful performance! We enjoyed!

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irem E, Turkey, 18. mar 2019

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Excellent

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Highlight of my trip

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A small Methodist church at the entrance to the Ponte di Angelo was an unexpected venue for a night of opera. I didn't know what to expect, but thought "When in Rome!". I was truly delighted by the skill and beauty of the musicians. The Pianist was world class, and I was smart to sit where I could see his hands move on the keys. The Soprano and the Tenor were fantastic. The three performers made me fall in love with opera! I would recommend this to anyone even slightly interested in listening to Opera sung in person.

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Mar 12, 2019 by MegfromAltadena

Karen S, USA, 08. mar 2019

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Bravo. Beautiful concert.

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Excellent Christmas concert

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Excellent concert the programme was well thought out, the artists were wonderful and performed beautifully. They were even dressed for the part. It was inspiring and a perfect end to a good day.

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Jan 17, 2019 by Germaine T

Opera Christmas concert in Rome - Amazing!

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A highlight of our holiday in Italy was the Opera Christmas concert that we attended in Rome - within walking distance of Piazza Navona. We were spellbound by the talents of this professionally trained trio - pianist, soprano and tenor. We brought our school-aged children who were invited to accompany the performers in a rendition of some famous Christmas carols. So sweet! And meeting the performers at the end of the performance was a highlight. Thank you!

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Jan 17, 2019 by Rachelsb74

Exercise opera singing so close you can touch it

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I saw Rome Concerts with Alessandro Fantini (tenor), Federica Gibilisco (soprano), and Giovanni Velluti (pianist) perform last night. They perform in small venues so you can get close, which is a real treat. It was a Christmas Concert. The concert alternated between arias, a piano piece, and then another opera with the greatest Napolina music like Funiculi, Funiculi and of course Ole Sole Mio. The pianist played Chopin and Liszt and told short anecdotes about their relationship with Italy at a time when most composers lived in Paris. Federica is a strong opera and she is a beautiful woman. The men will swoon. They signers wandered in and out of the crowd at the end let me take pictures with them. The tenor has a strong voice. The singers shared champagne with the audience. I have seen opera from the front row of the Met and the National Opera in Washington DC many times but this was the first time it was so close.

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Dec 22, 2018 by Walker R, Malaga, Spain

Jô Spinella - Dec 2018

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I have been there this week. It is a quite entertaining event. Highly recommended, particularly for those who wants to have a high level contact with opera by listening to some of the most famous arias in a live performance.

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Sami R, Spain, 18. nov 2018

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Wonderful, emotional, outstanding and we shall always cherish the memory. Amal & Sami RAIS

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Magnifique, du début à la fin

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Découvert au hasard en se promenant dans la ville par le biais d'affiches, je ne regrette absolument pas d'y être allée. La qualité du spectacle vaut largement le prix. Le lieu rend l'ambiance intime et les artistes se montrent très accessibles. À faire absolument!

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Nov 6, 2018 by PaulineRichard5

It's absolutely fantastic

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We went to hear this concert last week, it's really beyond our expectations. The small venue gives the audience close contact with the performers and the best experience. The performers are incredibly high level professionals. We love it so much, it's the best part of our Roman trip! Would love to go again next time!

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Oct 29, 2018 by cindyxzheng, Beijing, China

Xin Z, United Kingdom, 27. oct 2018

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Couldn't be better! It's definitely beyond our expectations. Small venue, limited audiences, but top level performances. It's one of the best experiences in our roman trip!

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SIX Stars- Superlative in every way

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Exquisite music from three true virtuosos! One of the best things we did during two full weeks visiting Rome. Each person is incredibly accomplished and has worked around the world, and it shows. Each is a consummate professional. Flawless, masterful performances with passion, joy, and authentic engagement with the audience. A wonderful range of pieces, and the perfect length overall (less than 90 minutes). Do not miss this! It will enrich your heart, mind, and soul to hear these spectacular musicians.

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Oct 24, 2018 by LizHal, Florence, Italy

Wow! Wow! Wow!

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I have visited Rome many times but this has to be one of my all time favourite experiences! An intimate church provides a stunning setting for a truly beautiful evening. Perfect for visitors wanting to experience some of the most well known operatic arias without the intensity of a full opera.
The piano and the vocals took us to heaven. Was a truly perfect experience. Bring a tissue because the atmosphere may sweep you away. Afterwards there’s a chance to mingle with the performers who are all extremely lovely. I cannot wait to return. Thank you.

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Oct 18, 2018 rachg_404, Lancaster, United Kingdom

Nancy S, Italy, 12. ottobre 2018

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This was a highlight of being in Rome and that of course, says a lot. The pianist, tenor and soprano were excellent. I highly recommend this performance and I hope we can attend when we are here next year.

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Val Martin - Oct 2018

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Great Voices, an excellent pianist, nice program. I really enjoyed this opera concert. I can warmly recommend it.

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Experience of a lifetime

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Wow, the perhaps best music experience in our lives. The sheer power and beauty of this was outstanding. We will be back to try this one more. Not for the sake of Rome - but for the sake of RomeConcerts...

Reviewed on TripAdvisor May 12, 2018 Nielshbjorn

Bravissimo for a truly Italian experience

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What says Italy more than opera? We spent more than an hour and a half immersed in some of our favorite opera arias and duets. Throw in some excellent piano pieces from Liszt and Chopin and you have a wonderful start to a romantic Italian weekend. Step outside after the performance and you are within walking distance of some of Rome's best restaurants.

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Apr 29, 2017 Jacques L, Toronto, Canada

An experience to savour whether or not classical music is your thing

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My partner agreed, reluctantly, to accompany me to this performance on a spur of a moment impulse but to her surprise we both loved it. It felt so intimate and so wonderfully right in Rome. Like the music as it might have been performed when it was originally written - no vast stage with tiny figures glimpsed through binoculars and the sound coming from multiple speakers but right up close and personal. The sweat and the sawdust to borrow a phrase from boxing.
I'm no classical expert but the music was uplifting and invigorating - think mosh pit with chairs & nibbles and wine afterwards. Alternatively imagine yourself on your 18C Grand Tour taking in the experience of Rome with a personal concert. Whatever - do yourself a favour and book.

Reviewed on TripAdvisor Apr 23, 2017 John B, Manly, Australia

Christmas Opera Concert

During the Christmas period special concerts are held, in which the structure of the musical program of the concert Opera Greatest Hits is slightly modified to include some of the most beautiful traditional Christmas songs.

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Dates and Prices 2019

Opera Greatest Hits

Dates

Tuesdays and Fridays, from 8 March to 29 November 2019, at 7:30 PM
(8:00 PM from 21 June to 20 September).

Christmas concerts from 22 December to 2 January, 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 Opera Greatest Hits includes un option of dinner or light dinner at the Zagara Restaurant, a two-minute walk from our hall.

The option is not provided for Christmas Opera Concert.

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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.

Where

Piazza di Ponte Sant'Angelo 68, Rome (Italy). A few meters from Sant'Angelo Castel and the St. Peter's Basilica.

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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

The music salons

Our music programs are inspired by the 19th century music salons. They were "closed meetings", very popular since the 18th century in Italy and then in Europe, attended by scholars, artists and intellectual nobles. The artists of the moment were performing in these circles: piano and violin virtuosos, singers, composers of romances and songs were making the music programs as heterogeneous as possible.

A black Yamaha G2, grand piano built in Japan in 1984, which was Yamaha's finest professional series piano at that time, is in the centre of the common space. It willingly performs and accepts to accompany one or two voices, but hardly ever remains silent. So, you can happen to listen to, among the other things, the following.

Frédéric Chopin in a Parisian music salons
The pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin (portrayed on the piano) was a frequent visitor to the Parisian music salons of his time

O mio babbino caro (Oh my dear daddy)

A soprano aria from the opera Gianni Schicchi (1918) by Giacomo Puccini. Lauretta falled in love with Rinuccio, in the general bustle, among the avid relatives dreaming of Buoso Donati's inheritance, she kneels to her father, Gianni Schicchi, asking for having pity of her and for doing something to resolve the situation, that puts his love story at risk.

E lucevan le stelle (And the stars were shining)

A tenor aria from the third act of Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca (1900). That's the moment in which the painter Mario Cavaradossi is awaiting to be executed for treason on the uppermost platform of the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome; overwhelmed with memories of the happy days spent with his beloved Tosca, he bids farewell to life in despair.

Fantasie impromptu, Opus 66

One of Frédéric Chopin's most beautiful works, which expresses a rare poetic fancy and whose tone poem carries its own individual message to each hearer.

Casta diva

A soprano prayer from the opera Norma (1831) by Vincenzo Bellini, in which the Druid priestess Norma invokes the moon and prays the "chaste goddess" to bring peace onto earth.

Un bel dì vedremo

A soprano aria from the opera Madama Butterfly (1904) by Giacomo Puccini, in which the title character, seduced and forsaken by her American husband, reassures her servant Suzuki: "one fine day" we shall see his ship entering the harbor and he will return to me... But it's an illusion, because he will be back only to take away with him the baby-child born of their union and Butterfly will commit suicide.

La donna è mobile (Woman is fickle)

A tenor's song from the beginning of Act 3 of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto (1851) where the Duke of Mantua, having forgotten Gilda already and engaging in another amorous adventure, sings about the fickleness of women, expressing his actual cynical contempt for them.

Sempre libera (Always free)

A soprano's aria from the first act of the opera La traviata (1853) by Giuseppe Verdi, in which conflicting feelings in Violetta are stirred up by Alfredo's passionate declaration: whereas on the one hand she longs "to love and be loved", on the other hand, when she realizes that she is getting too involved, Violetta declares that it is just a foolishness and she will not give up her life of pleasure and dissipation.

Ah, la paterna mano (Ah, the paternal hand)

A tenor aria from Giuseppe Verdi's opera Macbeth (1847): that's the moment in which Macduff, who has left Scotland and Macbeth's reign of terror, mourns the deaths of his wife and children, slaughtered by the tyrant’s killers.

Nocturne in E flat, Opus 9, No. 2

A "night music", as its name implies, a composition of a romantic, dreamy character of which Frédéric Chopin was very fond, judging by his many lovely poetic compositions with this name. We can hear a poignant theme which, swinging immediately into a singing melody, flows continuously through tiny excursions into the minor key, and is caught back to the main motif by lovely phrases of very fast notes, to become once again the smooth, graceful melody.

Parigi, o cara (We will leave Paris, O beloved)

A duet from the opera La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, in which Violetta is dying and Alfredo regrets the wrongs he has done her. They dream of leaving Paris and live together a better future.

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Love is a rebellious bird)

The popular habanera (Cuban dance of La Habana), an aria from Georges Bizet's opera Carmen (1875), in which the title character tells what is love for her. It is like a rebellious bird, a gipsy child who has never known any law.

Di quella pira (The horrible blaze of that pyre burned, enflamed all of my being!)

A tenor aria sung by Manrico in the third act of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore, in which Manrico, who has discovered that his mother Azucena has been captured by the Count of Luna and is about to be burned at the stake, furious calls together his soldiers and sings valiantly of how they will save Azucena from death.

O tu che in seno agli angeli (Oh, my beloved, risen among the angels)

A tenor aria from the opera La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi, in which Don Alvaro, best known as Don Federico Herreros, Captain of the Spanish Granadiers, sings of his lost love − Leonora − he believes dead. He decries also the fate that befell his progeny and denied him the throne.

Waltz in C sharp minor, Opus 64, No. 2

One of the best known fourteen waltzes by the Polish French composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin, consisting of exquisite, rather capricious melodies infused with a gentle melancholy.

Verranno a te sull'aure (My ardent sighs will reach thee)

A love duet at the end of the first act of Gaetano Donizetti's opera Lucia di Lammermoor, as Lucia and Edgardo plight their troth before God and bid each other a tender farewell.

Paraphrase on Rigoletto's themes

Here is a piece composed for music salons of the nineteenth century, to which many composers devoted themselves. The Paraphrase, also called Fantasia or Reminiscenses (far from being a faithful transcription), is a solo work greatly virtuosic in which popular melodies, typically from operas, are elaborated. This Franz Liszt’s Paraphrase, based on the vocal quartet Bella figlia dell'amore (Beautiful daughter of love) from act 3 of Verdi’s opera Rigoletto, was published in 1860.

Franz Liszt in a music salons in Weimar
The pianist and composer Franz Liszt (photographed on the piano) during a music salon.

Funiculì funiculà

A Neapolitan ditty by Luigi Denza written to commemorate the opening of a new funicular railway in 1880. The success of this catchy melody was simply prodigious: well over a half a million copies were sold (an unheard of amount for those days, and a very respectable number even today) and the lyrics were translated into every civilized language.

Libiamo ne' lieti calici (Let's drink from the joyful cups)

A famous duet from Verdi's La traviata, in which the young Alfredo Germont, who has been invited to the party held by Violetta Valéry, a star of the Parisian demi-monde, improvises a toast to love and Violetta responds singing the praises of pleasure and delight.

Enjoy!

We thank Massimo Scapin for the text The music salons.

Upcoming concerts

(The music programs of upcoming concerts are periodically published in this section)

 
6, 13 AND 27 SEPTEMBER
4, 11, 18 AND 25 OCTOBER 2019
 
  • Giacomo Puccini: “O mio babbino caro” (Gianni Schicchi)
  • Giacomo Puccini: “E lucevan le stelle” (Tosca)
  • Fryderyk Chopin: Etude in A flat major Op.25 n.1
  • Georges Bizet: “Habanera” (Carmen)
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “Ah si ben mio...Di quella pira” (Il trovatore)
  • Francesco Paolo Tosti: Marechiare
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “O tu che in seno agli angeli” (La forza del destino)
  • Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz in C sharp minor Op.64 n.2
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “Parigi, o cara” (La traviata)
  • Franz Liszt: Consolation in D flat major
  • Gaetano Donizetti: “Verranno a te sull’aure” (Lucia di Lammermoor)
  • Franz Liszt: Paraphrase on Rigoletto’s themes
  • Ernesto De Curtis: Torna a Surriento
  • Salvatore Cardillo: Core 'ngrato
  • Luigi Denza: Funiculì funiculà
Alessandro Fantini (tenor)
Federica Gibilisco (soprano)
Giovanni Velluti (pianist)

 
17, 20 AND 24 SEPTEMBER
1, 8, 22 AND 29 OCTOBER 2019
 
  • Giacomo Puccini: “Vissi d'arte” (Tosca)
  • Giacomo Puccini: “E lucevan le stelle” (Tosca)
  • Fryderyk Chopin: Fantasie impromptu op.66
  • Vincenzo Bellini: Casta diva (Norma)
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “La donna è mobile” (Rigoletto)
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “Sempre libera” (La traviata)
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “Ah, la paterna mano” (Macbeth)
  • Fryderyk Chopin: Notturno in E flat major, op.9 n.2
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “Parigi, o cara” (La traviata)
  • Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz in e minor op. postumous;
  • Pietro Mascagni: “Turiddu, ascolta” (Cavalleria rusticana)
  • Fryderyk Chopin: Grande valse brillante in E flat major, op.18
  • Ernesto De Curtis: Torna a Surriento
  • Salvatore Cardillo: Core 'ngrato
  • Luigi Denza: Funiculì funiculà
Alessandro Fantini (tenor)
Monica Cucca (soprano)
Giovanni Velluti (pianist)

 
4 AND 15 OCTOBER 2019
 
  • Giacomo Puccini: “Si, mi chiamano Mimì” (La bohème)
  • Giacomo Puccini: “E lucevan le stelle” (Tosca)
  • Fryderyk Chopin: Fantasie impromptu op.66;
  • Giacomo Puccini: “Un bel dì vedremo” (Madama Butterfly)
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “La donna è mobile” (Rigoletto)
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “Sempre libera” (La traviata)
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “Ah, la paterna mano” (Macbeth)
  • Franz Liszt: Consolation in D flat major;
  • Giuseppe Verdi: “Parigi, o cara” (La traviata)
  • Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. posth.
  • Giacomo Puccini: “Vogliatemi bene” (Madama Butterfly)
  • Franz Liszt: Rigoletto Concert Paraphrase;
  • Ernesto De Curtis: Torna a Surriento;
  • Salvatore Cardillo: Core 'ngrato;
  • Luigi Denza: Funiculì funiculà.
Alessandro Fantini (tenor)
Elisabetta Braga (soprano)
Giovanni Velluti (pianist)

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

 

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