Italian Opera Experience, a journey of musical discovery in the intriguing surrounds of Piazza Navona
Italian Opera Experience is proud to announce its first-ever operatic season, consisting of 4 outstanding productions staged in a shortened version at the monumental Stadium of Domitian. Filled with captivating stories and unsurpassed music, the season kicks off with Carmen on April 17: set in southern Spain, the opera tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen (encore performances on April 27, May 15, June 1 and 19). The first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi’s middle-to-late career, Rigoletto will be staged on May 29 and June 15. First performed in 1851, this popular opera tells the dramatic tale of the jester’s daughter whose heart is stolen by a charming but unreliable ruler. The third production is a definite contender for “world’s most popular opera”: Giuseppe Verdi’s uncompromising La Traviata, opening on May 4 with encore performances scheduled on June 8 and 29. Set in Paris in the mid-1800s, the piece tells the tragic love story of Violetta, a famed courtesan, and Alfredo, a good-looking young nobleman. One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results (May 1 and 18, June 5 and 22).
The first public building dedicated to athletic games in ancient Rome, the Stadium of Domitian was erected in 86 A.D. for the celebration of the Capitoline Games, a competition directly inspired by the Greek Olympics. Thanks to the restorations carried out, visitors are offered the opportunity to re-descend to the heart of the city and discover the impressive structure at the north curve.