Caracalla 2019: Stefano Bollani and Chucho Valdés

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Immerse yourself in the stunning architecture of Rome's breathtaking Baths of Caracalla for the ultimate concert set to awake your understanding of classical music.

The great pianists and composers Stefano Bollani and Chucho Valdés meet for a new and unique project. In the extraordinary setting of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, the two artists will start a tour that will take them around the world. The Afro-Cuban influence and the Latin rhythm of Valdés, mixed with Bollani's musical inspiration and versatile imagination, create a musical experience with an incredible impact on the audience.

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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