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5 places to see an opera in Rome

One of the most elegant and expressive genres of music since antiquity is undoubtedly the opera. One of the most splendid musical expressions in the world, operas presents us with emotions, beauty and impressive details. Today we will know where to attend an opera show in Rome.

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5 places to see an opera in Rome

Opera is an artistic expression that presents us with different types of emotions in a single show. They can be romantic, dramatic, joyful, but they are all always beautiful, intense and unforgettable. Today I will tell you where to see an opera in Rome. Are you ready? Come with me! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Our Introduction

We could spend hours lecturing on the subject, as it is a fascinating subject, but today I bring you 5 places in Rome for you to attend an opera.

Important

1) 5 places to see an opera in Rome: I VIRTUOSI DELL’OPERA DI ROMA

Presenting one of the most traditional operas in Italy, La Traviata by Verdi, the group performs impeccably in two of the most traditional venues in Rome: the Teatro Salone Margherita and the Chiesa di San Paolo entre le Mura.

La Traviata was inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ novel La Dame aux Camélias, and tells the tragic love story between two young people from different social classes and lifestyles: Violetta and Alfredo. It is one of the most celebrated novels in history and is set in the city of love, Venice.

  • For more information about this show and to buy your tickets, you can click here!
  • Info: this is the link to buy the tickets for the presentation at the Chiesa di San Paolo entro le Mura.

2) 5 places to see an opera in Rome: THE THREE TENORS

Another Italian classic! Also performed at the Chiesa di San Paolo entro le Mura, this is one of the most beautiful performances ever. It became world famous in the voices of the iconic José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. In this performance, however, who bring to life the famous historical operas such as Tosca, La Traviata and L’Elisir d’amore, in addition to presenting us with legendary songs such as O sole mio and Torna a Surriento, are the splendid Giancarlo Polizzi, Vincenzo Tremante and Emil Alekperov. It’s an unforgettable show!

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  1. Palace of Santa Chiara

3) 5 places to see an opera in Rome: PALACE OF SANTA CHIARA

Located in the homonymous square, the Palace of Santa Chiara offers us a very special show: a tenor and a soprano enchant our hearing with classic and elegant operas. With traditional operas such as La Traviata, Turandot and Rigoletto, they are accompanied by a string quartet that seems to hand paint every musical note. It is indeed magical!

  • For more information about this show and to buy your tickets, you can click here!
  1. Palazzo Pamphilj — Rooftop Bar

4) 5 places to see an opera in Rome: ROOFTOP BAR

I don’t even need to say that, besides everything, from here you have one of the most beautiful views of the capital, right? If you prefer something more ‘casual’, even when it comes to opera, an excellent option is to attend an opera outdoors, on top of one of the most beautiful palaces in Rome: Palazzo Panphilj. With songs from big names like Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and Bellini the show “La Grande Bellezza” is spectacular!

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5) 5 places to see an opera in Rome: LA GRANDE OPERA

At the beautiful Sant’Agnese in Agone — Sagrestia del Borromini, in Piazza Navona, you can enjoy this very special show! The show is in the Sacristy of the Church of Sant’Agnese, which was designed by Francesco Borromini and has excellent acoustics! In addition to the beauty of the work set, of course! The performance includes famous, elegant, classic operas that will make you fall in love!

  • For more information about this show and to buy your tickets, you can click here!

Do you like opera? Let’s talk about for a minute!

Etymology of the word

First of all, let’s know where it was born, the etymology of the word and know a brief history of one of the most celebrated Italian musical genres in the world. The word opera comes from the Latin opus, which means “work”. In Italian the word means “work”, so an “opera d’arte” can refer to, for example, a famous painting, but in musical terms, the word kept its original Italian writing and was disseminated in the world, precisely, as opera.

The cradle of opera

The opera was created in Florence at the end of the 16th century, when the so-called Camerata Florentina, a group of poets, musicians and writers, gathered in the home of Count Giovanni Bardi. The group’s aim was to revive ancient Greek theatrical numbers by adapting them to the taste of Italians.

The ancient Greek theatrical numbers

The ancient Greek theatrical numbers were magnificent and, artistically, very complete, as they brought together poetry, music, dance and theatrical performance; they brought together all the ideal elements for entertainment: while it was a very varied show – with different styles of music – and it told a story, that is, it was a complete show. The main idea of these numbers, however, was to create songs in a poetic way, highlighting the main voice of whoever sang it. Behold, the Italians ‘challenged’ everything and everyone, creating a “singular” music, that is, far from the traditional polyphonic style prevailing at the time, polyphony.

The discussions and meetings of the Florentine Camerata created a new genre of musical spectacle where themes such as Greco-Latin literature “revised” through a new point of view predominated. Through the tones and the lyrics, an expression of art emerged that managed to move the audience and their emotions. Thus, the opera was born. In Venice, in 1637, the opening of the first public opera house served to spread the style in Italy, especially in the cities of Naples and Rome. From there, the musical style fell into European taste and began to gain space in several countries such as Russia, France, Germany, Austria and England.

The first known Italian opera was Dafne, created around 1598 and with verses by Ottavio Rinuccini and music by Jacopo Peri.

Fun facts

The most famous Italian opera in the world

What is the most famous Italian opera in the world? Although the traditional La Traviata by Verdi comes to mind for many, the most famous Italian opera in the world is “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini. The opera tells the story of a tragedy that unfolds from the moment the protagonist decides to leave behind all her Japanese cultural traditions because of the love she feels for a foreign soldier.

The opera presentations are called by different names

The opera presentations are called by different names and, below, we will see some examples: some operas are called drama, others serious opera, comic opera, interlude – which is placed between one act and another of the serious opera – German Singspiel, which consists of singing and acting and may include parts of dialogue; tragédie-lyrique, which is a French court opera with choirs and dances; operetta that are generally lighter and more fun; opera-ballet, grand-opera – which is a sumptuous musical spectacle in five acts with dances, diverse scenarios, choirs and a large number of singers; farce opera among many others. As the genres change, so does the formation of the orchestra, which, in each type of show, uses different instruments to be able to “frame” the music.


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Hotel I suggest near the Historic Center

If you are passionate about art and would like to stay in the center where you can move around walking, as well as having countless possibilities for places to have lunch / dinner or a snack, I advise you to stay in the historic center. Regions near the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Imperial Forum and the Villa Borghese, Piazza Spagna and Piazza Navona can be considered as “historic center”. These are the most expensive areas, but you will be close to everything, literally!

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Hotels that I suggest near the San Giovanni Region

For those who want to find cheaper alternatives in quiet areas, but at the same time close to the means of transport to the center, I suggest the region of San Giovanni or Monti (near the metro stations San Giovanni, Castro Pretorio and Circus Massimo) – which it is a more residential neighborhood; therefore, more economical and quiet! And with just 15 minutes by subway you will be in the center too!

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Hotels I suggest near Vatican City

An interesting area to stay and a little cheaper than the historic center is the Vatican area (Vatican Museums) which is very well connected with everything.

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Hotel I suggest near Termini Station

For those who prefer to stay in neighborhoods that have good access to the rest of the city and at a better price, then you should choose accommodation in the surroundings of Termini Station (from where a dense network of public means of transport starts, serving both: the local people and tourists).

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Hotels that I suggest in Trastevere

For those who prefer to “taste” authentic and characteristic Rome, there is nothing better than booking a hotel in Trastevere (on the outskirts of the city’s historic river), full of typical Roman history and traditions, known for the tortuous streets of sampietrini stones and the centers medieval style housing.

The neighborhood is in the historic center and to the right of the Tevere River, in the midst of a spectacular landscape, where each visitor can observe the countless churches and squares (such as Santa Maria in Trastevere). In addition, this neighborhood offers several local restaurants and canteens for those who want to try typical Roman cuisine.

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Conclusion

5 places to see an opera in Rome! Contrary to what many people think, operas are very accessible to the general public and are ideal for those who like different programs and that will certainly mark their trip in a very special way!

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