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Santa Maria Vergine della Croce al Tempio

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Florence Opera Concerts

Florence Opera Concerts

An ongoing series of performances, Florence Opera Concerts constitutes an amazing operatic experience in the heart of the capital city of Tuscany. These concerts are staged at the impressive Santa Maria Vergine della Croce al Tempio, just north of the banks of the Arno River. Offering an intimate listening experience in a country that was the birthplace of many operatic traditions, the venue is a former oratory and a historic building worth visiting in its own right. There is a beautiful fresco in the interior of the church, for example. Each programme features different arias drawn from a range of operatic composers, such as Händel, Mozart, Verdi and Puccini, among others.

The format for Florence Opera Concerts is consistent. With a running schedule of about an hour, each concert is performed by professional opera singers, accompanied by a pianist. With the wonderful acoustics of the Santa Maria Vergine della Croce al Tempio church, the most famous and beautiful opera arias in history can be heard in an intimate setting. What's more, audiences can attend one of these events at any time because the concerts take place almost every night. At each performance, a carefully chosen singer will perform a selection of arias drawn primarily, although not exclusively, from the best of Italian opera. Despite most concerts consisting of one pianist and one singer, there are occasions when two opera singers take to the stage, offering a chance to feature duets as well as arias on the programme.

Florence Opera Concerts always employs professional opera singers for each performance, many of whom have come directly from productions at some of the most famous Italian opera houses and theatres. Due to the rotating cast - one night a tenor may sing, another night a soprano, another night a baritone, and so on so – the concert programme is never set in stone. However, as an indication of what audience-goers can expect, a typical concert will include some of the most famous operatic arias around, usually drawn from operas such as The Marriage of Figaro or Cosi fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Giacomo Rossini's The Barber of Seville is another opera that often features as does Otello by Giuseppe Verdi. Other examples of what is likely to be on the programme on any given night are arias taken from Turandot, Tosca and La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini. Other than Mozart, a non-Italian composer who often features is Georges Bizet because arias from Carmen often make the programme.

With such a fascinating venue and great music performed by professionals, Florence Opera Concerts are always entertaining and a delight to attend.