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The concert Opera Greatest Hits in Rome



The concert Opera Greatest Hits in Rome

A musical journey you will treasure

The concert Opera Greatest Hits in Rome 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 in Rome 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 in Rome

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

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Dates and Prices 2019

Opera Greatest Hits in Rome

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 in Rome 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 in Rome.

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Timetable and other info

The doors open half an hour 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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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
 
19 AND 26 JULY
20 AND 27 SEPTEMBER 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)

The concert starts at 7:30 PM (at 8:00 PM on the 21st and 28th), is without interval and lasts about 75 minutes. The Aperitivo with the artists is right after.

 
6 AND 13 SEPTEMBER 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)

The concert starts at 7:30 PM, is without interval and lasts about 75 minutes. The Aperitivo with the artists is right after.

 
17 AND 24 SEPTEMBER 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)

The concert starts at 7:30 PM, is without interval and lasts about 75 minutes. The Aperitivo with the artists is right after.

 

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

 

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