A new production of Verdi’s Nabucco, filmed performances of Madama Butterfly and The Barber of Seville and a Serata Nureyev devoted to three ballets choreographed by this famous Russian artiste, not to mention five “Extra” events starring Roberto Bolle, Lang Lang, Lionel Richie, Neil Young and 2Cellos: this is the rich programme for the Summer 2016 season at the Terme di Caracalla, from 22 June to 10 August. No fewer than 25 evenings of top class entertainment. A challenging programme that is expected to repeat, and perhaps even exceed, the excellent results of the 2015 Caracalla Season, which attracted over seventy-two thousand spectators and banked 3 million 700 thousand euros.
The operas this year are all by Italy’s most famous nineteenth-century composers. Three operas that are sure to attract fans and the many tourists in Rome.
First, a new staging of Verdi’s Nabucco by Federico Grazzini, a young director with an already interesting curriculum vitae. This will be the first time he has worked with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. As well as providing a rare opportunity for an emerging artist, this decision is also a clear indication of the Theatre’s interest in young talents (as is amply demonstrated by the “Fabbrica” Young Artist Programme, recently presented to the press and now well underway). The Teatro dell’Opera Orchestra will be conducted by John Fiore and, on the last night, by Carlo Donadio. There will be seven performances of Nabucco, during the period 9 July to 9 August.
“Rossini in Rome – 200 years”, a show that enjoyed great success in Summer 2014 returns to Caracalla on 18 July (with five repeat performances, the last being on Wednesday, 10 August): The Barber of Seville directed by Lorenzo Mariani, with a Hollywood musical setting and reminiscent of the silent films of the Twenties and Thirties. Conducted by Yves Abel, it will star, among others, Teresa Iervolino, Mikhail Korobeinikov and Eleonora de la Peña, three much applauded artistes at the recent edition in February at the Teatro Costanzi.
The third opera this season will be Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Again conducted by Yves Abel, it will be directed by Àlex Ollé de la Fura dels Baus. This opera captivated audiences last summer with its fantastic Far East setting and very evocative props and scenery. Returning in the role of Cio Cio San, the Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian.
After the great success last summer, the 2016 Caracalla Summer Season will continue to provide “Lezioni di opera” (opera lessons), taught by Maestro Giovanni Bietti.
THE EXTRA EVENTS
There are two further not-to-be-missed events for those who enjoy the Caracalla Season not just in terms of opera and ballet: Lionel Richie, marking his return to Italy in 2016, will perform on the Teatro dell’Opera’s summer stage on Thursday, 14 July. This international superstar will envelop the audience in a party atmosphere, singing many great successes from his vast and much-loved repertoire, from the Commodores to the present day.
The following day will see a concert by Neil Young, a Rock veteran who still has all the fizz and energy of a young musician. He will be accompanied on Friday, 15 July, by the Promise of The Real, the band headed by Lukas Nelson (Willie Nelson’s son), with whom Neil has produced his latest amazing work: The Monsanto Years. The legendary songwriter will also perform some of his classic pieces, finally being sung in public again after a lapse of several decades.
Roberto Bolle returns at the end of July (Monday, 25 July and Tuesday, 26 July). This regular appointment with such a big name in Italian dance promises to be one of the most exciting shows ever. Thanks to the presence of international étoiles, a mix of different dance styles, great passion and elegance, over the years these evenings have cemented the huge affection felt by the Caracalla public for this successful Italian dancer.
Complete the bill of the “Extra” (Sunday, July 31) a concert by 2Cellos the two rock star of the cello calling in Roma with an explosive music show, enriched by a show of lights and special effects like a rock concert and a lineup of songs that the two cellists love to re-arrange with their unique style, from Bach to the Rolling Stones, from Morricone to AC/DC via U2, Sting, Avicii, Piazzolla and many others.