The history of Rome’s Opera House through the greatest names in 20th century art
With a sumptuous exhibition at Palazzo Braschi, the century-old history of Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera is told through the amazing work of musicians, composers, directors, painters, illustrators and popular costume designers. The result of a joint work by various artists of international renown, from 1881 to present day, the show is a breath-taking wonderland of scenic creations by some of the greatest names in 20th century art such as Pablo Picasso, Renato Guttuso, Giorgio De Chirico, Giacomo Manzù, Mario Ceroli, Arnaldo Pomodoro and William Kentridge.
Aside from the display of stage settings and costumes by these magnificent artists and smallscale extraordinary masterpieces like sketches, maquettes and figurines, the “Artists at the Opera” exhibition will also present the glorious history of Rome’s Opera House which has consistently produced both standard Italian repertoire as well as lesser known works. It will also screen archive film footage, with the added bonus of opera music in each room. Hosted at the Museo di Roma, in the very heart of Renaissance and Baroque Rome, the display runs through the long history of this theatre which began at the end of the 19th century with the world premiere of Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.
From the stage costumes worn by opera singer Maria Callas in Puccini’s Turandot to the costumes and set designs created by Pablo Picasso for The Three-Cornered Hat, spectators will have a chance to observe the work of master craftsmen, recreated through brilliant outfitting that succeeds in reversing the normal perspective. The exhibit is also a celebration of the world’s most iconic costumers and fashion designers, from Danilo Donati, Gabriella Pescucci and Pier Luigi Pizzi to Armani, Valentino, Balestra and Ungaro, with a special section paying tribute to legendary film directors such as Luchino Visconti, Luca Ronconi, Bob Wilson, Emma Dante, Terry Gilliam, Werner Herzog and Sofia Coppola.