Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House)

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Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House)

This is one of the most important lyric theatres in Italy. It was born in 1880 in course of development of the new city neighbourhood in direction to the Railway station, which in that epoch was called the neighborhood De Merode. It occupied a part of the territory of the old Villa Strozzi-Albani. The theatre was in the beginning called "Teatro Costanzi" after Domenico Costanzi (1819-1898) who was its owner and conductor of construction works. The project belonged to architect A.Sfondrini who gave to the building fine neo-Renaissance aspect.

The Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House) obtained a great popularity among Romans, even if before its construction were a lot of doubts about it unfavourable position and not big dimensions. The main positive characteristics of the new opera theatre were acoustics, dimensions and height of scene and paintings of the dome by Andrea Brugnoli. The walls of Teatro Costanzi hosted the best orchestra directors and opera singers of the epoch.
official Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House), Rome
In 1926 it became the property of the State, and after a series of transformation undertaken by M.Piacentini, the theatre was unveiled in 1928 as the "Royal Opera Theatre". Since then the administrative and artistic management was conducted by Commune of Rome, till in 1942 was created an Autonomous Opera Theatre Organization which administrates all the life of the theatre on its own.

The Opera Theatre has its own orchestra, a ballet group, a choir, scenography laboratories and costume-makers, thus occupying a notable place in the entertainment life of the city. Inside, the amphitheater was demolished and substituted by a fourth tier of boxes (now the third tier) and one balcony.

The most recent restoration works of the building took place in 1956-1959 again under the direction of M.Piacentini. The bronze relieve with the "Muses" is by Luigi Scirocchi (1960). Interior is characterized by a huge chandelier of Bohemian crystal, which is 6m in diameter, weights 5200kg and has 262 lamps. It is considered to be the greatest in Europe.

In over a century of history the Teatro dell’Opera has written many memorable pages in the history of musical theatre, opera and dance. Internationally renowned composers, conductors, singers, dancers, directors, set and costume designers and choreographers have often graced its stage. The Teatro dell’Opera has hosted some of the world’s most acclaimed voices, from Enrico Caruso and Beniamino Gigli to Giacomo Lauri-Volpi and Fëdor Ivanovic Šaljapin, from Aureliano Pertile to Claudia Muzio, from Maria Caniglia to Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi, from Montserrat Caballé to Marilyn Horne and Raina Kabaivanska, from Mario Del Monaco to Giuseppe Di Stefano, from Franco Corelli to Tito Gobbi, from Alfredo Kraus to Ruggero Raimondi, to José Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
Outer view of the Facade of the Rome Opera House
The outdoor theatre at the Baths of Caracalla, with the Roman ruins as the backdrop, is the venue for the opera company's summertime presentations in Rome. The present house seats 1,600. The Opera House also has its own ballet and a classical dance school, and always has a ballet season, very popular in Rome. Here was given the Italian première of Stravinsky’s ‘Uccello di Fuoco’ (Fire Bird) on April 9th, 1917. Since 1937, in summertime (July and August) the Opera House moves to the ‘Terme di Caracalla’ (Caracalla’s Baths). Closed in 1993, for fear that the vibrations might somehow damage the archaeological structure, was reopened in 2003 with the blessing of the Roman opera lovers. The history of the theatre and the performances identifies it as a genuine cradle of excellence for opera and musical theatre throughout the 20th century.

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House)
Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 7 (off Via Nazionale)
00184, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Castro Pretorio (Porta Pia) (Roma centro)
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House) is Shown By "Map F Zone" As "17"
Getting Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House):
Via Nazionale - H, 40, 60, 64, 70, 71, 170, 116T
Via Depretis - 70, 71
Via Cavour - 16, 75, 84, 150 (festivo), 360, 590, 649, 714
Stazione Termini - 16, 38, 75, 86, 90, 217, 310, 360, 649, 714
TAXI: Phone - 06.3570, Radio Taxi 3570: In the theatre's entrance there is taxi service point for our public. During the intervals the staff will be pleased to book a taxi for you.
Hours: Box office hours 09:00-17:00 Sunday 09:00-13:30 Closed Monday. A calendar of theatre's season may be obtained in the box office or porters office.
Ticket Price: 11¬-131¬ ($18-$210)
Ticket Booking/ Buying Via Telephone: 800 90 70 80, From mobile phones and from abroad call 0039 06 48078400.
Buy Ticket Online: http://www.vivaticket.it/motore.php?cerca=1&0code=172&op=operaroma or you can buy from http://www.amitsrl.com/ or http://www.helloticket.it/
Contact Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House):
Telephone: 0039 06 481 602 55 - 06 481 700 3
Fax: 0039 06 4881755
Email: prom...@operaroma.it or uffi...@operaroma.it
Website: http://www.en.operaroma.it/

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