Rome and the Opera: an unbreakable bond. Thinking of Italy, the first thing that comes to mind is its huge cultural treasure - a good part of which is in Rome - and the unique role played by Opera.
The Italian Opera is music, but closely connected with the harmonious Italian language. Not by chance Italy is universally recognized as the country of “Belcanto”.
Rome and the Opera are linked by a very close relationship: at the Teatro Argentina Gioacchino Rossini gave the premiere of his most famous lyric opera, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”; the no longer existing Teatro Apollo saw the birth of “Il trovatore” and of “Un ballo in maschera”, two of the most significant works of Giuseppe Verdi; in the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle, in Palazzo Farnese and in Castel Sant'Angelo takes place the drama of “Tosca”, one of the most famous operas of Giacomo Puccini. And this to cite only a few examples of the special relationship that links the Opera to the city of Rome.
The Teatro Costanzi - that is the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and which stands in the square dedicated to the great tenor Beniamino Gigli - saw its stage trampled by singers like Enrico Caruso, Maria Callas, Giacomo Lauri Volpi, the aforementioned Beniamino Gigli, Mario Del Monaco, Renata Tebaldi, Franco Corelli, Piero Cappuccilli, Luciano Pavarotti and many other great artists who have made the history of this unique musical genre.
RomeConcerts brings the Opera in Rome, in the full Heart of the City, right in front of Castel Sant'Angelo, just beyond its famous bridge, distinguished by the baroque triumph of Bernini's statues.
Our aim is to bring quality Opera and Concerts in the heart of Rome. Therefore we commit ourselves daily to continue the Italian tradition of excellence, by employing internationally renowned artists and young talents in our shows.
Our concert Opera Greatest Hits, Top Rated by Tripadvisor, covers a wide array of well-known opera classics. Very famous arias and duets from opera greats, like Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini will sound between walls of our intimate hall in which the musicians are just feet from the audience.
RomeConcerts' Opera Greatest Hits is a journey among some selected precious pearls of the Italian musical treasure.
It is a high quality concert which is the fruit of our immense tradition: Franz Liszt came to Italy to breath and absorb the heritage of Dante and Verdi. This is what our Opera concerts will offer you.
Just in Castel Sant'Angelo is held the 3rd act of Puccini's Tosca: the Roman Opera par excellence.
The plot of the opera takes place entirely in Rome, between the Church of Sant'Andrea della Valle, Palazzo Farnese and Castel Sant'Angelo, with the tense atmosphere that follows the echo of the revolutionary events in France and the fall of the first Roman Republic, on a very precise date: Saturday 14 June 1800, day of Marengo’s battle, between Austrian and Napoleonic troops.
Tosca’s lover, the painter Mario Cavaradossi, is a patriot linked to Jacobin uprisings and condemned to death
by Baron Scarpia, chief of Rome's Pope police.
Tosca tries to obtain Cavaradossi's freedom, and after Scarpia gave it to her she kills him to evade his love proposals.
On the bastions of Castel Sant'Angelo Mario, ready to die, sings the famous Aria "E lucevan le stelle" (Stars were lighting).
But Scarpia had tricked Tosca and execution actually take place. Tosca, seen Mario dead, committes suicide throwing herself from the castle walls.