“When in Rome…”, the famous saying starts – and we know just how to finish it! The Opera Dinner at the baroque architectural gem Palazzo Pamphilj in the Eternal City brings together the three things most associated to Italian lifestyle: fabulous food, wonderful music and enjoying the moment to the fullest. The event includes an opulent dinner by candlelight and an intimate performance of the most famous opera arias and duets in an arrangement for piano and vocals. Among the many ways in which you can make your visit to Rome memorable and get a taste of the Roman life philosophy, the Opera Dinner is a clear winner.
The evening begins at 8 pm with a welcome aperitif and the first part of the concert. The performance is a veritable who’s who of the Italian opera world. You can expect to hear the crowning numbers from Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca and La Bohème, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto and La Traviata, or Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. A soprano and a tenor take turns or join voices to present these and other masterpiece melodies with the gentle accompaniment of a piano.
Halfway through the musical performance, the candlelit dinner begins. You have a choice between a meat or a fish menu. Both choices include signature Italian dishes that are guaranteed to satisfy the sophisticated palate. A special selection of Italian wines matches each menu option to make the culinary enjoyment complete. The second half of the concert commences between the dinner courses. The evening culminates in Verdi’s famous toast song ‘Libiamo nei lieti calici’.
The Opera Dinner at Palazzo Pamphilj takes place in the remarkable Innocenzo X Hall, especially opened for the event. Thus, you can enjoy a most exclusive visit to the baroque complex, favourably situated on the side of the landmark Piazza Navona. The venue, the musical programme and the menu all combine in one shimmering night of Italian joy that will stay with you for a long time.