About the Event
Immerse yourself in the stunning architecture of Rome's breathtaking Baths of Caracalla for the ultimate open air Ballet performance set to awake your understanding of classical music.
Music Maurice Jarre
Ballet in Two Acts based on the novel by Victor Hugo
Libretto by Roland Petit
The Baths of Caracalla are one of the best remaining examples of the ancient public baths of Rome. The city´s second largest Roman thermae, or public baths, Caracalla is the only site in which it has been possible to restore the original decorative scheme. Built during the reigns of the Emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla (212 AD to 216 AD), under imperial patronage, the baths were immensely popular. Contemporary descriptions create a picture of oriental paving in coloured marble, enormous marble columns, glass paste mosaics, painted stucco, marbled walls and hundreds of colossal statues. Nonetheless, the baths fell into disuse in the 6th Century, and were allowed to decay. Extensive excavations in the 19th and 20th Centuries returned the Baths to their current state.
Since 2001, this spectacular venue hosts concerts and performances of operas on a movable stage outwith the main structure, so as not to put stress on the ancient ruins.
Cast / Production
Choreographer Roland Petit
Ballet Master Producer Luigi Bonino
Set Designer René Allio
Costume Designer Yves Saint Laurent
Lighting Designer Jean‐michel Désiré
Teatro Dell’opera di Roma Corps de Ballet
A Opéra National de Bordeaux and Opéra de Paris Production
Music Recorded by Teatro dell’Opera di Roma Orchestra, Conductor Kevin Rhodes