Italy is the home country of some of the most famous composers of classical music in the world, such as Rossini, Paganini, Verdi, Puccini, Vivaldi ,who, thanks to their masterpieces, have made Italy one of the top destinations for all the opera lovers. Opera seasons open in November and December and offer a very wide variety of Italian and international opera performances.
La Scala – Milan
It is known as the “temple of opera” and it was founded upon the request of Empress of Habsburg Maria Therese of Austria in 1778. Its seasonal agenda is one of the most important events, hot about the Milanese life. Its program alternates contemporary shows to opera and to ballet. (Read Milan the city of theatres)
La Fenice – Venice
It is located in Campo San Fantin (San Marco district). Devastated by a fire it was rebuilt in 2003, offering a rich opera choice, International Festival of Contemporary Music, and also the famous New Year’s concert. The magical lagoon city keeps alive the lyric tradition, but it is often contaminated by new sounds and contemporary proposals.
Theatre of Silence – Lajatico (Pisa)
Set in a green expanse in the Tuscan hills it is a very original natural amphitheater characterized only by a circular stage. A sculpture donated by the Polish artist Igor Mitoraj is located in the center of the structure. The theater was founded by the acclaimed opera singer Andrea Bocelli , born exactly in the near town of Pisa. He describes this slice of heaven like “a land that loves silence, as I do. And if I break this silence with my voice I must to pay a tribute to these places and to my people. The music penetrates the earth, takes it and flies far away. “
For the 2016 edition of the most famous event in Tuscany, the most popular Italian tenor in the world will perform a lyrical repertoire that consists of some of the most famous opera arias, in an astonishing context, rich of colors and phantasmagoric scenic design, dedicated to one of the oldest and most fascinating shows of all time: the Circus.
“Le Cirque” will therefore be a unique opportunity to experience the magic of an evening of great music, with the support of a surprising and innovative production, the power and sound of a major symphony orchestra and an amazing choir. Save the date: July, 30th 2016
Teatro dell’Opera – Rome
It was also called Teatro Costanzi, from the name of its founder and assiduous opera-goer Domenico Costanzi . The Russian ballet performance “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinskij made its premiere here, as well as the “La Cavalleria Rusticana” and “L’amico Fritz” by Mascagni. The Teatro dell’Opera introduces an outdoor season in summertime, located in the impressive archaeological complex of the Baths of Caracalla, mixing the ancient Rome with the contemporary and classic art exhibitions. Don’t miss the amazing summer season of Terme di Caracalla (June 22-August 10). The central part of the amazing Roman bath complex is the summer home of the Rome Opera House: The Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly, Serata Nureyev (tribute to Rudolf Nureyev), Roberto Bolle & Friends, Lang Lang, Lionel Richie, Neil Young.
San Carlo – Naples
The theatre San Carlo was meant to be a substitute for the little Teatro San Bartolomeo, during the urban renewal by King Charles of Bourbon to represent the power of the royals. The project was carried out by the architect Giovanni Antonio Medriano and by Carasale Angelo. On 1816, a blaze destroyed the building , but it rose from the ashes thanks to a detailed restoration. The oldest operatic stage in Europe is nowadays a World Heritage building. Its program presents to the public both the Neapolitan traditions, and also the classic operatic-symphonic repertoire.