Caracalla 2019: Gala Plácido Domingo “Noche española”

Classical music performed by the highly acclaimed Plácido Domingo captivates audiences around the world and takes the stage by storm at Rome's stunning Baths of Caracalla for an unforgettable performance.

Plácido Domingo is a living legend and is considered one of the greatest singers of the 20th and 21st centuries. In his 60‐year career, the star tenor has interpreted 134 roles and appeared on all the great stages of the world. His interpretations of the major parts of his repertoire have influenced generations of singers and led to groundbreaking recordings with the most important conductors of our time.

The Baths of Caracalla are ancient baths in Rome and among the largest thermal baths in the Eternal City.
The construction of the Caracalla baths probably started in 206 under Septimius Severus and was completed in 216 under Emperor Caracalla. Further extensions, such as arcades and decorations, were carried out under the emperors Elagabal and Severus Alexander, so that the complex was not really completed until 235 AD. Together with the Diocletian Baths it belonged to the public and free bathing palaces.
In 537 the Ostrogoths destroyed the water pipe during the siege of Rome, which stopped the bathing activities. Nevertheless, they were regarded as the best preserved thermal baths until the Renaissance.
In 1824 systematic excavations began under Count Girolamo Egidio di Velo, who found the mosaic with the athletes. Nowadays the Rome Opera hosts open‐air opera performances here.

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