The Teatro dell’Opera, or Opera Theater, has been the pulsing heart of the Eternal City’s musical life since the late 19th century. It was originally called the Costanzi Theater, after the theater’s builder. It can accommodate around 2000 people and once contained an amphitheater, a gallery and three levels of seating. The entire thing is topped by an impressive cupola, decorated with frescoes by Annibale Brugnoli. Inaugurated in 1880 with one of Rossini’s operas, it has been renovated numerous times throughout its long history. Indeed, the amphitheater was removed and the interior spaces have been made even more luxurious. Each year, it plays host to a long list of lyrical opera performances, as well as ballet performances.
The Theater’s acoustics are legendary and are virtually incomparable with regards to other theaters throughout the world. The most famous operas in the world have been performed here, including the “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Tosca”. The world’s most famous voices, such as Enrico Caruso, Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti, and directors such as Toscanini and Mehta, have graced its halls. Whether you’re visiting Rome for opera season or to check out the Terme di Diocleziano, Piazza Repubblica or the Spanish Steps, head to EasyToBook.com for information on Rome hotels.
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