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Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, the 2021-22 Season "Rome Opera open"
Twelve opera titles and six ballets on the bill, the inauguration with a new opera for the first time, the summer season returns to the historic site of the Baths of Caracalla
Organized by: Rome Opera Foundation

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Foundation Presenta

Bet on the future "Rome Opera open", The Season 2021-22 of the Capitoline Opera with twelve works is six ballets on the bill and the opening entrusted to the new title commissioned to Giorgio Battistelli.

The new season of the Rome Opera House, expression of a consolidated identity, it is built according to the same parameters that have guided the business in recent years: "pursuit of artistic excellence and desire to experiment combined with responsibility towards the public, to create an opera house in step with a rapidly changing society. ", as the presentation says.

Thanks to a network of major international co-productions, the 2021-22 bill of the Opera di Roma presents traditional melodramas along with rarely performed operas, in a long season that will end in October 2022 and inaugurate the next November 20 with an absolute premiere, Julius Caesar of Giorgio Battistelli, under the direction of Daniele Gatti under the direction of Robert Carsen.

The shows will mostly take place at Costanzi Theater, with a bet at National Theater and at theCloud'of Fuksas, while the summer season will return to the historic setting of Caracalla's thermal baths.

In short

The works on the bill

Giovanna D'Arco of greens (pre-opening, 17 - 24 October) • Julius Caesar of Battistelli (inauguration, world premiere 20 - 28 November) • Tosca of Puccini (4 - 12 December) • Kát'a Kabanová of Janáček (January 18 - 27) • Luisa Miller of greens (8 - 17 February) • Turandot of Puccini (22 - 31 March) • The Puritans of Bellini (19 - 30 April) • Ernani of greens (3 - 11 June) • Alceste of Gluck (4 - 13 October)   Mass of Bernstein  (Caracalla, 1 - 5 July) • Carmen by Bizet (Caracalla, July 15 - August 4) • The Barber of Seville of Rossini (Caracalla, 2 - 9 August)

The ballets

Notre-Dame de Paris of Roland Page (pre-opening, 14-19 September) • The Nutcracker (December 19 - January 2) • Triptych Forsythe / Inger / Blanc (February 25 - 3rd March) •  The corsair (10 - 15 May) Evening Preljocaj (13 - 18 September) Giselle (21 - 27 October)

The Season in detail


  The 2021-22 Season will be anticipated by two pre-opening shows, the ballet Notre-Dame de Paris of Roland Petit taken from Luigi Bonino with the Kazakh dancer Bakhtiyar Adamzhan in the main role (14 - September 19), it's a new layout of Verdi's opera Giovanna d'Arco directed by Daniele Gatti, directed by Davide Livermore and a cast formed by Nino Machaidze, Giovanna, Francesco Meli, Carlo VII, Roberto Frontali, Giacomo and Dmitry Beloselskiy, Talbot (17 - 26 October).

Opera season

The opera season of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma will open on November 20 with a new opera premiered, a courageous and unusual choice: Julius Caesar, tragedy in music, commissioned to Giorgio Battistelli, one of the major composers of today and the recent Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. Author of the libretto based on the tragedy of the same name by Shakespeare And Ian Burton. The work will be staged under the direction of Robert Carsen, while he will be the teacher Daniele Gatti, on the podium of the Orchestra dell'Opera, to baptize this new composition which marks his farewell as musical director. In the international cast Clive Bayley in the role of Caesar, Elliot Madore is Julian Hubbard who will play Brutus and Cassius respectively. After the first Julius Caesar will be on stage with four other performances until November 28th.

  Following, the symbolic work of the Costanzi Theater, the Tosca as he saw it Puccini in the world premiere of 1900. Back on stage from 4 to 12 December (with a reprise from 2 to 5 November 2022) directed by Alessandro Talevi rebuilt on the original layout of Adolf Hohenstein and the conducting of Paolo Arrivabeni. In the role of Floria Tosca for the first time at the Rome Opera Saioa Hernández, while Baron Scarpia will be played by Roberto Frontali. In the shoes of the painter and revolutionary Mario Cavaradossi he returns to Rome Vittorio Grigolo, on the stage that saw him make his thirteen-year-old debut in the role of the shepherd boy in the memorable 1990 edition of Tosca with Luciano Pavarotti.

From the 18 as of January 27, 2022 it will then be the turn of Kát'a Kabanová of Leoš Janáček, an absolute debut for the Costanzi Theater for some there is great expectation. The staging in co-production with the Royal Opera House of London is signed by Richard Jones, and earned him the Olivier Award 2019. On the podium the maestro David Robertson. Kát'a Kabanová is one of the greatest theatrical works of the twentieth century, in which social conflicts of an authoritarian world and the protagonist's inner dramas intersect to lead to the final tragedy. Back as the protagonist Corinne Winters, already appreciated last season in the role of Madama Butterfly at the Circus Maximus. Also in the cast Charles Workman (Boris Grigorijevič), Susan Bickley (Marfa Kabanová), Julian Hubbard (Tikhon Kabanov).

TO February (from 8 to 17) finally in stage form Luisa Miller, tragic melodrama in three acts based on Schiller, a work that has long been considered central to the young man's stylistic evolution greens. Last May Michele Mariotti he had directed the opera streamed on for the first time, and will now mark his first direction at the Rome Opera after his four-year appointment as Musical Director of the Theater since November 2022. The show is directed by Damiano Michieletto, the scenes of Paolo Fantin and the costumes of Carla Thetis. Michele Pertusi will be the count of Walter, Antonio Poli Rodolfo, Daniela Barcelona Federica, Marco Spotti Wurm, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, young mòngolo baritone, makes his debut as Miller, Roberta Mantegna returns in season as Luisa. The exhibition is made in collaboration with theZurich Opera.

  The edition of the Turandot, scheduled from 22 to 31 March announces itself as a decidedly new reading of Puccini: the new staging will in fact be curated in every aspect (direction, sets, costumes, videos) by one of the most famous contemporary artists, To the Weiwei, which for the first time engages in a theatrical direction. A choice far from his usual artistic research, but one that Ai Weiwei accepted also because, at a very young age, he had been an extra in Zeffirelli's Turandot at the Metropolitan. Since those New York days, a long journey as an artist, and as an opponent of the Chinese government, has led him to be an absolute prominent figure in today's cultural world. The reading of the imaginary Chinese world of Gozzi and then of Puccini by a Chinese artist will be a reason of extraordinary interest. The conductor returns to the podium of the Orchestra Oksana Lyniv after the Roman debut last May. In the role of the princess they will take turns Oksana Dyka and Ewa Vesin, while in that of Calaf Bryan Hymel is Arsen Soghomonian.

  The Puritans, the latest masterpiece of Vincenzo Bellini, returns in stage form from 19 to 30 April, after the concert last January which had totaled record views on the Theater's You Tube channel. The teacher returns to the podium Roberto Abbado while the direction of the new staging is by Andrea De Rosa, who has already signed numerous successful productions at the Costanzi. In the role of Elvira Valton the return of Jessica Pratt, one of the most popular interpreters of the bel canto repertoire. In the role of Lord Arturo Talbo the American tenor Lawrence Brownlee will alternate with Francesco Demuro. Sir Riccardo Forth will be played by Franco Vassallo, Sir Giorgio Valton from Nicola Olive trees and Lord Gualtiero Valton from Roberto Lorenzi.

From the 3 to 11 June a classic Verdi, Ernani, a melodrama full of beautiful and famous arias such as "Ernani, involami" and popular choral moments such as "Si risesti il Leon di Castiglia", in which the great composer anticipates characters and psychologies that he will develop in subsequent creations, those defined "of maturity ". The play by Victor Hugo "Manifesto" of French romanticism. On the podium the teacher Marco Armiliato; the direction of this staging which had inaugurated the 2013/14 season is signed by Hugo de Ana, who also designed sets and costumes. On the scene an international cast:  Francis Apple trees (Ernani), Evgeny Stavinsky (de Silva), Angela Meade (Elvira). 

Last title of the opera season, staged from 4 to 13 October, Alceste of Gluck, a work of extreme charm and rare execution: it has been missing from the stages of the Opera House since 1967. On the podium the maestro Gianluca Capuano, eighteenth-century repertoire specialist. The direction of this staging of the Bayerische Staatsoper is signed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui who also signs the choreography. In his vision, the dancers of the company   they are an extension of the choir, a kind of silent choir. In the cast Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Admète), Marina Viotti (Alceste), Luca Tittoto (Grand Prêtre) e Patrik Reiter (Evandre).

Ballet Season

  Ballet Season starts on December 19 with one of the most popular titles, The nutcracker in the contemporary reinterpretation of Julian Peparini. created specifically for the Corps de Ballet of the Opera of Rome in 2015. The ballet, cult of the Christmas period, will be on stage until January 2nd. The musical score of Tchaikovsky it is performed by the Orchestra of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma directed by the maestro Nir Kabaretti. Protagonists of the ballet in two acts, based on a short story by ETA Hoffmann adapted by Peparini himself, le étoiles Alessandra Amato is Rebecca Bianchi and the first dancers Susanna Salvi, Claudio Cocino is Alessio Rezza.

From February 25th to March 3rd the usual formula of triptych dedicated to the masters of contemporary dance. The show opens with Herman Schmerman of William Forsythe to music by Thom Willems, from 1992. Divided into two acts, the ballet is without plot and has the sole purpose of seeing talented dancers dance with costumes designed by Gianni Versace. The second passage is Walking Mad created by the Swedish Johan Inger in 2001 and presented in Rome in 2018. To the notes of Ravel's Bolero and Pärt's Für Alina, Inger brings to the stage a wall that divides, moves and opens up, generating glimmers of communication. Closing From Afar, creation of the choreographer Nicolas Blanc, to music by Ezio Bosso with sets by Andrea Miglio and costumes by Anna Biagiotti. It is a story that relates presence and absence, closeness and distance. Music on a recorded basis.

From 10 to 15 May the magic of The Corsair revised by the choreographic inspiration of José Carlos Martínez which was abruptly interrupted by the closure of the theaters in March 2020. Show of great elegance, thanks also to the sets and costumes designed by Francesco Zito, won the Danza & Danza 2020 Award as "Classic Show of the Year". International stars of the caliber of Marianela Núñez, Maia Makhateli, Kimin Kim and Vadim Muntagirov alternate with the Capitoline dancers. The Orchestra of the Opera House is conducted by maestro Alexei Baklan.

From 13 to 18 September 2022 with the Preljocaj evening one of the most creative and innovative choreographers on the international scene, at home at Costanzi in recent seasons, is celebrated. The show opens with the resumption of Annonciation, created in 1997 by the French choreographer of Albanian origin. On the notes of Vivaldi's Magnificat he brings to the stage a key moment of Catholic culture, the encounter between the Virgin Mary and the Archangel Gabriel. The evening is completed with a creation for the Roman company, Nuit Romaine, a new extraordinary collaboration with Alta Moda di Maria Grace Chiuri for the Maison Dior. Exceptional interpreters Eleonora Abbagnato is Friedemann Vogel. Music on a recorded basis, from Vivaldi and Händel to Bach, passing through Schubert and Rossini, up to Wagner and Ligeti.

The 2021-22 ballet season ends with the most important title in the romantic repertoire, Giselle. From 21 to 27 October it will be an occasion of homage to its legendary interpreter Carla Fracci, in the choreographic version she signed at the Rome Opera in 2004, taken from Julio Mouth is Gillian Whittingham. Workhorse for all dancers, Carla Fracci made her debut at Costanzi in Giselle in 1964 alongside Henning Kronstam. In the cast a pair of champions such as Natalia Osipova is Cesar Corrales. The teacher Kevin Rhodes conducts the Opera Orchestra in the music of Adolphe Adam, one of the first to be composed expressly for a ballet.

Beyond the Opera

  Two other events complete the proposals of the 2021-22 billboard: Al National Theater in co-production with AsLiCo, from 3 to 7 December 2021 goes on stage Deep water, a contemporary work for children on the theme of water pollution, composed by Giovanni Sollima on booklet by Giancarlo De Cataldo The work is entirely entrusted to the talents of "Factory ”Young Artist Program directed by Luis Ernesto Doñas, sets Chiara La Ferlita, costumes Elisa Cobello. In the cast Agnieszka Jadwiga Grochala, Irene Savignano, Rodrigo Ortiz, Alessandro Della Morte and Arturo Espinosa.

Sunday April 10, in the spaces of the "Cloud”By Fuksas, is scheduled The Passion according to Matthew of Bach in the staging created in co-production with Eur Spa. Direction, sets, lights and costumes are by Romeo Castellucci, directs James Conlon. In the cast Charles Workman (Evangelist) e Krzystof Bączyk (Jesus).

Summer season at the Baths of Caracalla

  After the exceptional experience at the Circus Maximus, the summer season of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma returns to the traditional stage of the Baths of Caracalla with a rich and diversified program: at the opening, a title never performed in Italy, Mass of Leonard Bernstein, entrusted to the scenic reading of Damiano Michieletto with the direction of Diego Matheuz. Following the shooting of two lucky productions, The Barber of Seville by Rossini in Hollywood style signed by Lorenzo Mariani with the direction of Stefano Montanari and the Carmen of Bizet, directed by Bertrand de Billy, set in Mexico by the director Valentina Carrasco. For the dance he comes back Notre-Dame de Paris by Petit.

There will be "Extra”Always enthusiastically welcomed by the public, this season will be twelve evenings of Claudio Baglioni and his Twelve Notes, the pop star David Garrett with the tour Alive and the unmissable Gala Roberto Bolle and Friends.

Other initiatives

  Also expected a new production of film-opera (La bohème by Puccini directed by Michele Mariotti under the direction of Martone), the return ofOperaTruck in the squares of Rome and Lazio (this year Tosca curated by Gianluigi Toccafondo and Fabio Cherstich), Opera lessons by Giovanni Bietti and the "Factory ”Young Artist Program.
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, the 2021-22 Season "Rome Opera open"

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