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    Valentine's Day: Great Opera meets Ballet in Florence

Valentine's Concert and Dinner: Auditorium Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio

Florence, Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio — Main Hall

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$ 87

About the Event

The Valentine's Day Concert 'Opera and Ballet' offers couples the opportunity to celebrate their love with a romantic concert of opera and dance in the marvelous Auditorium Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio in Florence.

The most suggestive Opera arias by Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky and other renowned romantic composers, performed by masterful soprano and tenor voices, are enriched by charming choreographies featuring classical dancers. The melodies of a Chamber Ensemble, consisting of strings and piano, will delight the public with the magic of Opera and Ballet in the most romantic day of the year.

The unique Tuscan Gourmet Menu served before the concert (18:00) creates a very special Valentine's Day experience.

Practical Information

*Bruschetta with fresh tomato and basil

*Paccheri with Tuscan meat sauce

*Heposo of beef all 'imprunetana with mashed potatoes

*Mineral water ( 1 bottle every 2 pax)

*1 glass of Chianti wine

Vegetarian option available on request on site.

Before the performance, dinner awaits you at the Restaurant “IL DAVID” Piazza della Signoria 2r — 50122 Firenze (FI)

6:00 pm Dinner at Restaurant “IL DAVID”
8:30 pm Beginning of concert


  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – The Sleeping Beauty – Sleeping Beauty Waltz
  • Gioachino Rossini – The Barber of Seville (Rossini) – 'Una voce poco fa', from Il Barbiere di Siviglia
  • Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto – 'La donna è mobile', from Rigoletto
  • Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata – 'Parigi o cara', from La Traviata
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Flower Waltz (Ballet)
  • Giacomo Puccini – Tosca – 'Recondita armonia' from Tosca
  • Giacomo Puccini – La Bohème – 'Quando m'en vo', from La Bohème
  • -not set- – interval
Program is subject to change

Cast / Production


Soprano: Valentina Rugolo
Tenor: Leonardo Sgroi
Dancers: Martina Maiani, Giacomo Fabbio, Edoardo Zanobini
Instrumental Ensemble
Grand Piano: Beatrice Bartoli
Violin: Pino Tedeschi
Double Bass: Antonio Lipari
Coreographer: Donatella Cantagallo
Direction: Antonio Lipari

Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio

The Auditorium of Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio is located in the heart of Florence, right next to the famous Ponte Vecchio. Now used as a concert venue, the church dates to 1116, and is considered one of the oldest churches in the city. A mixture of architectural styles ranging from Romanesque to Gothic and Baroque combine to create a unique stage for cultural and musical performances. Decorated with numerous exceptional works of art, the Rennaissance-era crucifix and the medieval style crypt are also notable. Despite extensive damage during the Second World War and the 1996 flood, many of the artworks were rescued and kept in very good condition. During a recent restoration (1993), a 15th century fresco from the school of Botticelli school was discovered. Reopened as a venue for cultural and musical activities, Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio is now a key part of artistic life in Florence thanks to its beautifully decorated interior and perfect acoustics.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 6, written in 1893, is Tchaikovsky’s last symphony which he considered his finest work. Its nickname ‘Pathetique’ suggests that the work contains deep and profound contemplations about life and death. Its music is dark and solemn with the exception of the second waltz movement. Many critics saw this symphony as an authobiographical expression of the composer’s uneasy life. The 6th Symphony premiered on 28 October 1893 and was given good reviews but didn’t make a sensation. Nine days later the composer died. After his death the symphony was performed once again at the tribute concert and that time, the audience was deeply touched by the poignant music and gave proper credit to it.

Giuseppe Verdi

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

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

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”.


Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, Piazza S. Stefano 1, Florence, Italy — Google Maps

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