Opera Serenades is a celebration of some of the most heart-wrenching music in the operatic repertoire. Performed in the Throne Hall of the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, and coupled with the opportunity to tour the princess’ private apartments, before the concert in the company of an English-speaking guide, the event is everything you could wish for during your time in the Eternal City.
A soprano and tenor, joined by a pianist, will delight you with a selection of famous arias and duets. The focus is very much on romance. Bellini, Verdi, Leoncavallo and Puccini, all from very different eras in Italian musical history, but composers who, in their operas, knew how to write love songs that still have the capacity to move us to tears.
The evening also pays homage to the magnificent contribution made by just one Italian city to some of the world’s best-loved music: Naples. Neapolitan songs, by tunesmiths such as Tosti, De Curtis and Gambardella, became known to adoring audiences outside Italy when Enrico Caruso would sing them as encores at the end of his performances with The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Full of nostalgia, their words and melodies capture to perfection our longing for the past.
The princess’ apartments owe their wonderful appearance to another love story, the marriage of Andrea IV Doria Pamphilj Landi to Princess Leopoldina of Savoy in Turin in 1767. After their wedding, the couple moved to Rome and set up home in the palace. That same year, the family instituted the refurbishment of the apartments and the painting of the wonderful late-baroque ceiling frescoes, some of which you will enjoy on this visit.
From Bellini’s “Ah! non credea mirarti” to Puccini’s “O mio babbino caro”, this is great opera, music that deserves to be heard in a magnificent setting. And few can be better than the stunning Palazzo Doria Pamphilj on Rome’s bustling Via del Corso.