Caracalla 2019: La Traviata

Caracalla 2019: La Traviata

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Experience opera like never before in this astonishing performance of masterworks by Verdi at Rome's remarkable Baths of Caracalla.

La Traviata
'La Traviata' is a three-act opera by Verdi based on Alexandre Dumas' novel 'The Lady with the Camellias' (1852). An opera about “a lady of pleasure” was shocking in the 1850’s, and the opera initially failed, but went on to become one of the most frequently staged operas in the world. The main character is the courtesan Violetta, and the story traces her love affair with the young Alfredo Germont.

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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