History of Rome
‘Rome’ is a name, a place, an idea that has accompanied mankind for millennia and its power and appeal show no signs of diminishing. The Eternal City’s storied past is rich with monuments to human achievement, be it in its breath-taking architecture, the music that fills its streets and opera houses, the gracious dances on its many stages, or the delectable flavours that fill its dining halls. The event History of Rome in the ancient jewel Stadio di Domiziano below Piazza Navona contains a rich historical and musical programme that includes a detailed audio-guided tour in English and takes you back to the origins of the city’s legend on the wings of some of the best arias of Italian opera.
History of Rome features an impressive combination of Italian music, history and dance that all merge into a celebration of the City of the Seven Hills. It gathers an array of unforgettable Italian opera arias and weaves a narrative of Roman greatness. The characters of Cleopatra, a soprano, Marc Anthony, a tenor, and Emperor Augustus, a baritone, take turns presenting exciting new arrangements of favourite Italian classics. Expect to delight in hearing beloved tunes such as ‘E lucevan le stelle’ (Tosca) by Giacomo Puccini, ‘Tace la notte’ (Il Trovatore) by Giuseppe Verdi, or ‘Casta diva’ (Norma) by Vincenzo Bellini, among others.
Interspersed between the opera arias are ballet pieces with original music by M. B. Panitti that lend the performance further visual appeal. Of course, an event called History of Rome cannot bypass the Italian capital’s impressive architecture. Stadio di Domiziano, or the Stadium of Domitian, is a captivating archaeological site some 4.50 metres underground. Before the concert commences, you can immerse yourself into the imperial Roman atmosphere with a detailed audio-guided tour of the antique stadium. The backdrop of the ancient walls enhances the on-stage action’s depth and power even more.
The guided tour of Stadio di Domiziano commences at 7:30 pm. The music and dance performance follows at 8:30 pm and lasts about one hour for an evening full of Roman fascination.