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The Teatro dell'Opera was originally known as the Teatro Costanzi after the contractor who built it, Domenico Costanzi, from the time it was constructed in 1879 until 1926, the year it was purchased by the Governorship of Rome. Domenico Costanzi appointed Milan architect Achille Sfondrini, who specialized in the building and renovation of theatres, to realize the project.

The opera house was inaugurated on 27 November 1880 with a performance of Semiramide by Gioachino Rossini, conducted by Giovanni Rosst; which was attended by the Italian royal family. Designing the theatre, Sfondrini paid particular attention to the acoustics, conceiving the interior structure as a "resonance chamber". Originally the theatre, with a seating capacity of 2212, had three tiers of boxes, an amphitheatre and two separate galleries, surmounted by a dome with splendid frescoes by Annibale Brugnoli. For a brief period, the theatre was managed by Costanzi's son, Enrico, who must be given the credit for having organized another great premiere, that of Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (14 January 1900). However, in 1907 the Teatro Costanzi was purchased by the impresario Walter Mocchi on behalf of the Societŕ Teatrale Internazionale e Nazionale (STIN). In 1912 Mocchi's wife, Emma Carelli, became the managing director of the new Impresa Costanzi, as the theatre was later known, following various changes in the company structure.

When the Costanzi was bought by the Rome City Council, its name was changed to Teatro Reale dell'Opera, and it was partly rebuilt by architect Marcello Piacentini.  The rebuilding resulted in a number of major changes; for example, the entrance, originally located in the street formerly known as Via del Teatro - where the garden of the Hotel Quirinale is presently situated - was moved to the opposite side, where Piazza Beniamino Gigli was subsequently built. The amphitheatre, inside the theatre, was demolished and replaced by a fourth tier of boxes (now the third tier) and the balcony. The interior was also embellished by new stuccowork, decorations and furnishings, as well as a magnificent chandelier measuring 6 meters in diameter and composed of 27,000 crystal drops.

With the advent of the Republic, the name of the opera house was changed to Teatro dell'Opera, and in 1958 the building was remodeled and modernized by the Rome City Council. The architect Marcello Piacentini drew up the plans, radically altering the existing architectural style and designing the present facade, entrance and foyer. Founded almost a century ago, the Teatro dell'Opera has always enjoyed growing prestige at home and abroad.
During the countless seasons, celebrated singers as well as leading conductors have constantly taken the stag. The Theater's legendary acoustics can still bear comparison with any other auditorium in the world. At present the Theater has a total seating capacity of about 1,600 and was recently fitted with an air-conditioning system subsequent to complex restoration leading to improvements especially in the logistics of the circle and various other parts of the building. The stuccowork was completely restored, the great proscenium arch strengthened, and a parquet floor of solid oak blocks laid to replace the previous carpet. All of the seats on the main floor and circle are new.

SEASON 2009

 

DIAGHILEV MUSAGETE

Music by Erik Satie, Igor Stravinkij, Frederyk Chopin, Claude Debussy, Sergej Prokof’ev, Robert Schumann, Nicolai Rimski-Korsakov, Carl Maria von Weber, Manuel de Falla, Francis Poulenc, Henri Sauguet, Vittorio Rieti

Dancers Carla Fracci, Alessio Carbone, Alessandro Molin,
Giuseppe Picone, Alessia Barberini, Gaia Straccamore, Mario Marozzi
 

Teatro Nazionale January 2009: 13 (20h30), 14 (20h30), 15 (17h00), 16 (20h30), 17 (18h00), 18 (16h30).

 

AIDA

Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Opera in quattro atti

Teatro dell'Opera January 2009: 20 (A 20h30), 21 (f.a. 20h30), 22 (B 20h30), 23 (f.a. 20h30), 24 (D 18h00), 25 (E 16h30), 27 (C 20h30), 28 (f.a. 20h30), 29 (f.a. 20h30), 30 (f.a. 17h00).

 

THE BLUE PLANET

Music by Goran Bregovic

Teatro Nazionale  January 2009: 31 (18h00) February 2009: 1 (16h30), 3 (20h30), 4 (20h30), 5 (20h30), 6 (20h30), 7 (18h00), 8 (16h30).

 

LA BELLA ADDORMENTATA NEL BOSCO

Music byPëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij

Teatro dell'Opera February 2009: 10 (A 20h30), 11 (B 20h30), 12 (C 20h30), 13 (f.a 20h30), 14 (D 18h00), 15 (E 16h30), 18 (f.a. 17h00), 19 (f.a. 17h00), 20 (f.a. 20h30), 21 (f.a. 18h00), 22 (f.a. 16h30).

 

COPPELIA

Music by J. Léo Delibes  

Teatro Nazionale February 2009: 21 (18h00), 22 (16h30)

 

IPHIGENIE EN AULIDE

Teatro dellOpera March 2008: 17 (A 20h30), 19 (B 20h30), 21 (D 18h00), 24 (C 20h30), 26 (f.a. 20h30), 28 (f.a. 18h00), 29 (E 16h30).

 

IL RE NUDO

Music by Luca Lombardi

Teatro Nazionale  March 2009: 20 (20h30), 22 (16h30), 25 (17h00), 27 (20h30), 29 (16h30), 31 (20h30).

 

LES BALLETS RUSSES

Direttore d’orchestra: Zoltán Peskó

Teatro dell'Opera  April 2009: 7 (20h30), 8 (20h30), 9 (20h30), 10 (20h30), 11 (18h00), 17 (20h30), 18 (18h00), 19 (17h00), 21 (20h30), 22 (17h00), 28 (20h30), 29 (17h00), 30 (20h30),

May 2009: 2 (18h00), 3 (17h00).

 

FOR YOU

Music by Michael Berkeley

Teatro Nazionale April 2009: 8 (20h30), 9 (20h30), 10 (20h30).

 

CASSANDRA

Music byMichael Jarrell

Teatro Nazionale April 2009: 18 (18h00), 17 (20h30).

 

 

EISLERMATERIAL

Music by Heiner Goebbels

Teatro Nazionale April 2009: 22 (20h30), 23 (20h30).

 

FUTURISMO

Teatro Nazionale April 2009: 10 (17h00), May 2009: 7 (20h30), 9 (18h00), July: 8 (20h30).

 

BALLET DE LES PARENTS TERRIBLES

Music by Auric, Durey, Honegger, Milhaud, Poulenc, Tailleferre

Teatro Nazionale May 2009: 15 (20h30), 16 (18h00), 17 (17h00), 19 (20h30), 20 (20h30).

 

PAGLIACCI

Music by Ruggero Leoncavallo

Director: Franco Zeffirelli

Teatro dell'Opera May 2009: 19 (A 20h30), 20 (f.a. 20h30), 21 (B 20h30), 22 (f.a. 20h30), 23 (D 18h00), 24 (E 17h00), 26 (C 20h30), 27 (f.a. 20h30).

 

L’HEURE EXQUISE

Music by Anton von Webern, Gustav Mahler, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Teatro Nazionale  May 2009: 27 (20h30), 28 (20h30), 29 (20h30), 30 (18h00), 31 (17h00).

 

JACOB LENZ

Music by Wolfgang Rihm

Teatro Nazionale June 2009: 16 (20h30), 18 (20h30), 20 (18h00).

 

LE GRAND MACABRE

Music by György Ligeti

Teatro dell'Opera June 2009: 18 (A 20h30), 19 (B 20h30), 20 (D 18h00), 21 (E 17h00), 23 (C 23h00).

 

LA SYLPHIDE

Music by Herman Severin von Lřvenskjold

Teatro Nazionale September 2009: 25 (20h30), 26 (18h00), 27 (17h00).

 

 

LA GITANA

Music by Daniel F.E. Auber, Johannes Schmidt

Teatro Nazionale October 2009: 2 (20h30), 3 (18h00), 4 (17h00).

 

PELLEAS ET MELISANDE

Music by Claude Debussy

Teatro Costanzi October 2009: 2 (A 20h30), 3 (D 18h00), 4 (E 17h00), 6 (B 20h30), 7 (f.a. 20h30), 8 (C 20h30), 9 (f.a. 20h30).

 

LA FIGLIA DEL DANUBIO

Music by Adolphe-Charles Adam

Teatro Nazionale October 2009: 9 (20h30), 10 (18h00), 11 (17h00).

 

CATARINA LA FIGLIADEL BANDITO

Music byCesare Pugni

Teatro Nazionale October 2009: 17 (18h00), 18 (17h00).

 

 

GISELLE

Music by Cesare Pugni

Teatro Nazionale October 2009: 23 (20h30), 24 (18h00), 25 (17h00).

 

GALA ROMANTIQUE

Music by Cesare Pugni, Freidrich Burgmüller, Holger Simon Paulli, Edvard Helsted

Teatro Nazionale October 2009: 29 (20h30), 30 (20h30), 31 (18h00).

 

TANNHAUSER

Music by Richard Wagner

Teatro dell'Opera October 2009: 29 (A 19h00), 30 (D 18h00), 31 (E 17h00),

November 2009: 3 (B 19h00), 4 (f.a. 19h00), 5 (C 19h00), 6 (f.a. 19h00).

 

LA MIA SCENA E’ UN BOSCO

Music by George Philipp Telemann, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergej Prokof’ev, Igor Stravinskij, Bruno Maderna

Teatro Nazionale November 2009: 14 (18h00), 15 (16h30).

 

IL PAPAVERO ROSSO

Music by Reinhold Gličre

Teatro dell'Opera  November 2009: 17 (A 20h30), 18 (B 20h30), 19 (C 20h30), 20 (f.a. 20h30), 21 (D 18h00), 22 (E 16h30).

 

PIERINO E IL LUPO

Music by Sergeij Prokof’ev

Teatro Nazionale November 2009: 24 (20h30), 28 (18h00), 29 (16h30).

 

THE SWAN LAKE

Music by Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovski

Teatro dell'Opera November 2009: 27 (20h30), 28 (18h00), 29 (16h30). December 2009: 1 (20h30)

 

THE NUTCRACKER

Music by Pëtr Il’ič Čajkovskij

Teatro Nazionale December 2009: 15 (20h30), 19 (18h00), 20 (16h30), 22 (20h30), 23 (20h30), 24 (11h00), 27 (16h30), 29 (20h30), 30 (20h30), 31 (18h00).

 

LA TRAVIATA

Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Teatro dell'Opera December 2009: 18 (A 20h30), 19 (D 18h00), 20 (E 16h30), 22 (B 20h30), 23 (C 20h30), 27 (f.a. 16h30), 29 (f.a. 20h30), 30 (f.a. 20h30), 31 (f.a. 18h00).

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