About the Event
In the heart of Rome, three tenors will be joined by dancers in costume accompanied by the Orchestra of the great Neapolitan mandolins and grand piano, for a performance featuring opera arias and famous traditional Neapolitan songs.
The program includes such magical melodies as 'Torna a Surriento', 'O’ sole mio', and 'Funiculì funiculà', as well as enchanting opera arias.
Add a touch of Italian music to your stay in Italy with this festive event.
6.30 pm: Dinner at 'Ristorante Cotto'
8.30 pm: Beginning of concert
6:30 pm (before the concert): Dinner at 'Cotto' Restaurant (Via Torino 124)
8:30 pm Concert
Typical Roman Menu:
* Starter: Fresh tomato bruschetta flavored with basil
* First course of typical Roman pasta: Cacio e Pepe or Tomatoes and basil or Tomatoes and anchovies or Amatriciana
* Second course: 'Fresh catch of the day' or 'Caprese' or 'Chicken Supreme'
* Side dish: Roasted potatoes with rosemary or Salad
* Dessert: Homemade dessert of the day
Water is included.
- Luigi Ricci – Tarantella from La Festa di Piedigrotta
- Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto – 'La donna è mobile', from Rigoletto
- Francesco Paolo Tosti – "Marechiare"
- Gioachino Rossini – La Danza, Tarantella Napoletana
- Giacomo Puccini – Tosca – 'E lucevan le stelle', from Tosca
- Luigi Denza – Funiculì Funiculà
- Ruggero Leoncavallo – “Mattinata”, canzone napoletana
- Vittorio Monti – Czardas
- Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata – 'Libiamo ne' lieti calici', from La Traviata
- Vincenzo di Chiara – La Spagnola
- Gaetano Donizetti – L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) – 'Una furtiva lagrima', from L'elisir d'amore
- Giuseppe Verdi – Come facette Mammeta
- Ernesto De Curtis – Torna a Surriento
- Raffaele Calace – Tarantella
- Giuseppe Verdi – Il Trovatore – Di quella pira (Il Trovatore)
- Teodoro Cottrau – Santa Lucia
- Ruggero Leoncavallo – Vesti la giubba
- Giacomo Puccini – Turandot – 'Nessun dorma', from Turandot
- Vincenzo D’Annibale – O’ Paese do Sole
- Eduardo Di Capua – O sole mio
Cast / Production
Giuseppe Macagno – Delfo Paone – Alessandro Risa Donato Martini – Delfo Paone – Andrea Villa
Mandolin Grand piano
Micol Girasole Maria Chiara Grasso Federica Buttarelli
Direction and choreographies:
Minea de Mattia
Chiesa di S. Paolo entro le Mura
The 'Church of St. Paul within the Walls' was the first non-Catholic church built in Rome after Italy's unification. The church was built between 1873 and 1880 as an Anglican Basilica in the district of Castro Pretorio, Via Nazionale, Rome. Constructed in the Gothic Revival style, the distinctive external facade is characterised by alternating red and limestone bricks. Four spectacular mosaics by the English pre-Raphaelite Edward Burne-Jones, in collaboration with William Morris, are the crowning glory of the church's interior. The eagle-eyed will spot several famous nineteenth-century figures among those representing the fathers of the church in the elaborate mosaics, among them the artist himself, notable donors and their families, and Abraham Lincoln, Giuseppe Garibaldi and General Grant among the 'Christian Warriors'. Many delightful classical events are hosted in this location, including performances of popular operas like La Traviata.
Giuseppe Verdi was an Italian opera composer. From a young age, he developed a musical education with the help of a patron and soon dominated the Italian opera. In fact by his 30s, he became one of the most influential opera composer all over the classical scene. His most famous operas are Il Trovatore, Rigoletto and La Traviata. Furthermore, he was able to establish himself as a landowner with the income from his successful operas and focus on his private life. However, he soon returned to the scene with his new popular work Aida (1871), and three masterpieces: Otello, Requiem and Falstaff.
Giacomo Puccini was an Italian opera composer of the late 19th century. He was considered one of the greatest composers of the Italian Opera, second only to Verdi. His early works were characterised by features of the traditional 19th century romantic Italian opera. Later, his style developed into the realistic verismo style, which inspired him to write his most famous masterpieces and became one of the leading exponents of the style. His most renowned works La bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), and Turandot (1924), all are popular operas played in the most prestigious venues of the classical world.
Gioachino Rossini was an Italian composer of the 19th century. He made his debut at the age of 18 and soon became one the most popular opera composer in history. His best known operas are The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), The Italian Girl in Algiers (L'italiana in Algeri), and Cinderella (La Cenerentola). In general, his style can be defined as song-like melodic which earned him the nickname of "the Italian Mozart”. Later on he became famous for his exciting buildup of orchestral sound over a repeated phrase, which is now known as a "Rossini crescendo”.
Gaetano Donizetti was an Italian composer of the early 19th century. He was one of the leading composers of the bel canto opera style along with Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini. Over the course of his career, Donizetti wrote almost 70 operas both comic and serious. His first notable success came with a serious opera, Zoraida di Granata, which was presented in 1822 in Rome. As a result, he made a major impact on the Italian and international opera scene and shifted the attention to opera seria (noble and "serious" style operas). However, his best-known works include comedies such as L'elisir d'amore (1832) and Don Pasquale (1843).
Ruggero Leoncavallo went down in music history as the creator of the opera masterpiece "Pagliacci". Additionally he was known for representing a new artistic style verism whose followers focused on everyday subject matters instead of heroic deeds and legendary characters. He was born in Naples in 1857. When Leoncavallo was 8 he got accepted to the San Pietro a Majella Conservatory, where he studied for eight years. Besides his passion for music, he showed great interest in literature and later studied at the philological department of the University of Bologna. This knowledge helped him later to write librettos for his musical works. In 1879 he tavelled to Egypt to live with his uncle and work as a pianist and teacher at the court of the Egyptian Khedive Tewfil Pasha. However, three years later he was forced to leave the country due to the outbreak of war. He move to France, where he worked as a pianist and songwriter in cafes and music halls. In 1887 he returned to Milan and concentrated on writing operas in the new verismo style. Five years later he finally achieved long-awaited success for his opera Pagliacci. Leoncavallo himself claimed, the plot was based on a real murder trial which his father, a magistrate, reviewed in court when he was a child. It is still considered to be the best operas of the verismo genre and is still frequently performed to this day.
Eduardo Di Capua
Eduardo di Capua was an Italian composer of the late 19th century. His father was a musician and introduced him to the world of music. In fact, he travelled with his father to many European countries. During one of his journeys to the Ukraine in 1898, he composed the famous melody of "O sole mio" together with the poet Giovanni Capurro. O sole mio would become an unofficial, romantic Italian anthem. Funily enough, at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp supposedly the conductor of the band could not find the music for the actual Italian national anthem and instead he played "O Sole Mio."
3.4 of 5
Steven G, United Kingdom
Outstanding performances all round which along with the venue created a magical atmosphere. Highly recommend this event.
Abraham L, Israel