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What's on in Rome this summer....from

From: Marco M.
Sent on: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 2:12 PM

What's on in Rome this summer
In the summer, Rome's cultural life moves out of doors, with hundreds of events under the sun umbrella of the Estate Romana festival. We've given  you a roundup of what's on throughout the festival with links to web pages for the individual events. And since we've had nothing on our minds but water throughout the latest heat wave, we've given you a guide to Rome's public swimming pools. Cool off and have a great time!
Joie and Vikki

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Music and Dance

Beethoven Senza Pari + Luglio Suona Bene + World Music at Villa Ada +

Chamber Music at Saint Ivo + Rome Rock Festival
Opera and Ballet at the Baths of Caracalla +Rome Festival Opera+ Music and dance at the Villa Pamphili + Jazz at the Villa Celimontana
+ Concerts at the Teatro Marcello and the Villa Torlonia
+ Summer at the Casa del Jazz
+ Giardini di Luglio + Fontanone Acqua Paolo

Pirandello on the Aventine Hill+Shakespeare in the Villa Borghese
+ Theater on the Janiculum Hill + Theater Romano at Ostia Antica +

The Miracle Players at the Forum + Passaggi Segreti at the Forum


Events Festival Along the Tiber +Open Air Cinema + Mondofitness Villa d'Este by Night + Vintage Rome + Noantri Festival in Trastevere + Gay Village

Beethoven Senza Pari - Incomparable Beethoven
The Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia presents seven of Beethoven's nine symphonies, under the baton of its assistant conductor, Carlo Rizzari. In the outdoor arena, the Cavea, Auditorium Parco della Musica. €40-10 tel[masked]


Symphonies n. 1 and 5 Wednesday, July 4 and Thursday, July 5, 9 pm


Symphonies n. 3 "Eroica" and 7 Wednesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 12, 9 pm


Symphony n. 9 "Choral" Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 19, 9 pm

Evenings of Great Music at the Courtyard of Sant' Ivo

Corso Rinascimento 40 (near Piazza Navona)

Music under the stars in this magnificent courtyard designed by Borromini.

Reduced ticket prices for students, children and seniors. €20, over 65 €18, students €15, children €10


My Way to Yesterday

The International Chamber Ensemble, Francesco Carotenuto conducting,

with soloists Giuliano Bisceglia violin, Claudia Ramous and Antonio Ramous cellos.

Friday-Saturday, July 6-7; Friday-Saturday, August 10-11, 9:30 pm

Frank Sinatra Orchestra Suite and The Beatles Orchestral Suite

The Italian Clarinet Quintet from Rossini to Gershwin:

the Solitaire Ensemble

Tuesday, July 10, 9:30 pm

Music by Rossini, Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Weill, Brubeck, Ellington, Gershwin


Romantic Serenades and Passionate Tangos

Strings of the International Chamber Ensemble, Francesco Carotenuto conducting

Friday-Saturday, July 13-14; Tuesday, July 17, 9:30 pm

Dvorak: Serenade in E major op 22

Elgar: Serenade in E minor op 20

Piazzola: Tangos


Mozart's The Magic Flute

The International Chamber Ensemble Orchestra, conducted by Francesco Carotenuto. Stage direction by Tony Mata. Soloists and chorus of the OperaEstate festival.

Wednesday, July 25; Friday-Saturday, July 27-28, 9 pm


Noche de Tango with th El Cuarte Tango de Buenos Aires

and dancers Pablo Moyano and Roberta Becarini

Tuesday, July 31, 9:30 pm

Music by Filiberto, Piazzolla, Plaza, Castillo

Voyage for Violin and Orchestra

The International Chamber Ensemble conducted by Francesco Carotenuto, with

violin soloists Giuliano Bisceglia, Alessandro Vece, Martini Mariti, Marizia Ricciardi. Friday-Saturday, August 3-4; Tuesday, August 7, 9:30 pm

Music from films by Vivaldi, Arlen, Morricone, Williams, Rota, Mancini

Luglio Suono Bene The annual festival, held in the outdoor amphitheater, the Cavea, at the Parco della Musica, includes a roster of major international names, some Italian stars, and some world music. For tickets tel[masked]
Concerts at 9 pm

An Intimate Evening with Joan Baez The iconic folk singer Friday, July 6
Morrissey The English singer and lyricist who rose to prominence in the 1980s as the front man for the band The Smiths. His most recent solo album is Years of Refusal. Saturday, July 7
Bobby McFerrin The virtuoso American vocalist and conductor, best known for his 1988 hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy", is a ten-time Grammy Award winner.  His unique vocal techniques and singing styles have earned him a huge following. Sunday, July 8
Emeili Sandé Scottish soul and R&B recording artist and songwriter Sandé was featured on rapper Chipmunk's third single, "Diamond Rings". Her first solo single, "Heaven," was a worldwide hit. Monday, July 9
Pat Metheny Unity Band The Kansas City jazz guitarist. Saturday, July 14
Tony Bennett with guest Antonia Bennett The grand master vocalist, with his daughter. Sunday, July 15
Paolo Nutini The Scottish singer-songwriter whose  second album, Sunny Side Up (2009),  debuted at number one in the UK. Monday, July 16
Patti Smith and Her Band The iconic singer, songwriter, artist and author. Friday, July 20
Alanis Morissette The Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, and was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Her latest album is Flavors of Entanglement. Saturday, July 21
Gilberto Gil The Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his musical innovation and political commitment. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Brazil's Minister of Culture under President Lula da Silva. His latest album is Fé Na Festa (2010).  This concert is a benefit in aid of the fight against world hunger. Sunday, July 22
Tindersticks The English Indie rock band formed in 1991. Monday, July 23
James Morrison The BRIT Award-winning English singer-songwriter and guitarist whose 2006 debut single "You Give Me Something" became an international hit. His latest album is The Awakening (2011). Tuesday, July 24
Vincio Capossela: "Rebetiko Gymnastika" The Italian singer-songwriter whose style is strongly influenced by US singer and songwriter Tom Waits, but also draws from the traditions of Italian folk music. Thursday, July 26
Fiorella Mannoia "Sud, il Tour"
The popular Italian singer-songwriter first came to national attention at the 1987 Sanremo Festival. Sud (2012) is her latest album. Friday, July 29
Pink Martini
The "little orchestra" from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1994 draws its inspiration from world music and crossing genres of classical, jazz and pop. Saturday, July 28
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette
The extraordinary jazz trio. Concert held indoors in the Sala Santa Cecilia, Sunday, July 29, 7 pm
Damien Rice
The Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Monday, July 30
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club  featuring Omara Portuondo
The group of Cuban musicians has been disseminated in such a wide variety of formations, that the name is actually trademarked. Omara Portunondo, the grande dame of Cuban song, is one of the last of the great originals. Tuesday, July 31
Noemi: Rosso Noemi Tour 2012
The Italian singer, an "X Factor" contestant, released her first album, Sulla mia pelle, in 2009. Her second release, RossoNoemi (2011) has gone platinum. Wednesday, August 1
Britti  - DiBattista Sextet: "Mo Better Blues Tour"
The guitarist and the sax player, with their back-up band. Thursday, August 2

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma at the Baths of Caracalla
The summer home of the Rome's Teatro dell'Opera, presenting a season of opera and ballet against the stunning background of the ancient baths.

€135 - €25 tel[masked]


The classic ballet with music by Adolphe Adam. The star attraction is Svetlana Zakharova, the Ukranian prima ballerina of both the Bolshoi and La Scala, who dances the title role June 30 and July 1. Thereafter Maria Yakovleva (July 3) and Olesya Novikova (July 8 amd 10) take over. The male stars are Friedemann Vogel (June 30, July 1 and 3) and Leonid Sarafanov (July 8 and 10). Saturday, June 30; Sunday, July 1; Tuesday, July 3; Sunday, July 8; Tuesday, July 10. €136-25


Prokofiev's Aleksandr Nevskij A semi-staged performance conducted by Yuri Temirkanov with the combined orchestras of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, and mezzo-soprano Mariana Tarasova, set design and video by Pier'Alli. Saturday, July 7, 9 pm €80-25
The Battle of Tancredi e Clorinda
Music by Batistelli and Monteverdi, with soprano Cristina Zavalloni and tenor
Lorenzo Carola. Tuesday, July 10; Thursday-Sunday, July 12-15, 7 pm €30

An Evening with Actor Gigi Proietti Monday, July 16 and Monday, July 30, 9:30 pm €80-25


Roberto Bolle in Trittico Novecento The superstar dancer from La Scala.
Friday, July 20, 9 pm €130-25


Bellini's Norma A new production conducted by Gabriele Ferro, with Julianna di Giacomo and Carmelo Remigio.
Saturday, July 21; Wednesday, July 25; Saturday, July 28; Friday, August 3; Sunday, August 5; Wednesday, August 8, 9 pm €130-25


Verdi's Attila Conducted by Donato Renzetti, adapted from the new production designed by Pizzi for the Teatro dell'Opera.
Tuesday, July 31; Thursday, August 2; Saturday, August 4;
Tuesday, August 7, 9 pm €130-25

Rome Rock Festival

Held on the grounds of a race track way down in south Rome.

Ippodromo delle Capannelle, via Appia Nuova (by car take exit 23 from the GRA towards Rome. By metro, take the A line to Cinecittà where you pick up the 654 bus).

Some highlights:

Snoop Dog, Tuesday, July 3
The Cure, Monday, July 9
Lenny Kravitz, Tuesday, July 17
Goran Bregovic, Sunday, July 22
Ben Harper and Nneka, Monday July 23
Subsonica, Tuesday, July 24
The Beach Boys, Thursday, July 26
Simple Minds, Friday, July 27.



Roma Incontra il Mondo Concerts held nightly at the lake on the grounds of the beautiful Villa Ada in northern Rome, featuring artists from all over the world. The multi-ethnic theme extends to the "village" set up for the concert series, with foods from North Africa to India, to our own Roman pizza. Get there early, relax in the open air and greenery over a picnic dinner. Enter the park through the gate at Via di Ponte Salario. Some highlights: The Macedonian Kocani Orkestar joins up with the great Italian trombonist  Paolo Fresu and  fisarmonica player Antonello Salis, Monday, July 2, €17,45. Criolo, Brazilian artist, Wednesday, July 6, €11,50 The extraordinary pianist Stefano Bollani and mandolinist Hamilton De Holanda, Sunday, July 8 €20,70 Alan Stivell, celtic harpist, plays a French-Celtic fusion, Saturday, July 14, €23 Alborosie and the Shengen Clan (Jamaica) Sunday, July 15, €20,70 Ben L'Oncle Soul, the guy is French but he fooled me with his masterful soul sound. Monday, July 16, €20,70 Joan As Policewoman, singer-songwriter, violinist from the USA, Sunday, July 22, €17,25


Rome Festival Opera An annual series of staged operas, held in a courtyard, directed by Fritz Maraffi, features student singers, dancers and musicians, as well as a few professionals. Cortile Auditorium, Via del Giubbonari 41  All performances at 8:45 pm  €15, reservations:[address removed] or tickets at the door
Suite from Verdi's La Traviata Thursday, July 5; Sunday, July 8
Suite from Bizet's Carmen Saturday, July 7
Suite from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Wednesday, July 4
Suite from Mozart's The Magic Flute Sunday, July 1; Tuesday, July 3; Friday, July 6


I Concerti nel Parco and Invito alla Danza A series of music and dance events held on the grounds of Rome's largest public park, the Villa Pamphili at the top of the Janiculum hill.  An al fresco dinner before the concert is available. €18-13, reduced €16-10. Max Gazzè concert, July 28, €25-20, reduced €22-18.
Music and theater

Gala Internazionale di Circo Contemporaneo
An evening of contemporary circus performances, featuring Compagnie circensi Eu-It with Damiano Fumagalli and Alice Roma of the Compagnia Rasoterra and Giacomo Costantini and Fabiana Ruiz Diaz of the Compagnia El Grito, both from Belgium; Maria Peligro and Fernando Pose from Argentina; Antonio Tremani and Tommaso Pangrosso from Italy. Saturday, July 7, 9:15
Claude Debussy. Anagrafica sentimentale di un genio inquieto A tribute to the composer, with his piano music and  texts by the writers whose poetry he set to music. Filippo Timi narrator and Giuseppe Albanese piano. Texts   by Verlaine, Favarat, Baudelaire, Lesure.
Sunday, July 8, 9:15

Jazz: Sull'Amore - Variation on a Theme With a trio of celebrated musicians:  Rita Marcotulli, piano; Javier Girotto, sax; Luciano Biondini, fisarmonica.  Compositions by Marcotulli, images and video by Cristina Spelti per Pro Music. Friday, July 13, 9:15
Riflessioni semiserie di un cittadino italiano...
(Semi-serious reflections of an Italian citizen)
With Gioele Dix, narrator and Savino Cesario, guitar. The television and theater actor presents an evening of monologues on current themes.
Saturday, July 14
, 9:15

The Fool on the Hill: Minimal History of the Man Who Killed the Beatles Michele Riondini, narrator with the Savino String Quartet, Giampaolo Bandini guitar, directed by Marco Andreoli, text by Stefano Valanzuolo. Music of the Beatles arranged by Leo Brower, Toru Takemitsu, Roberto Molinell. Based on the story of the night Mark David Chapman killed John Lennon in New York.
Monday, July 16, 9:15

Tango in Villa Tango Spleen Orchestra with dancers Yanina Quiñones and Neri Piliu, second place winners of the International Tango Competition in Buenos Aires, 2008.
Friday, July 20, 9:15

Homage to an Ageless Naples
With Peppe Servillo and the Solis String Quartet. The show premiered on RAI TV last January, a tribute to the great songs of Naples.
Sunday, July 22, 9:15

Cesare Picco, piano recital Cuts from his album Piano Calling, alternating with improvisations. Picco is the composer of operas, ballets and music for the theater.
Wednesday, July 25, 9:15

L'Uomo Sinfonico: Songs of Max Gazzè and Opera Arias
With Max Gazzè
and the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, conducted by Alessandro NidiThe story of man through Gazzè's greatest hits and his takes on favorite arias by Rossini, Leoncavallo, Bizet, Donizetti..
Saturday, July 28, 9:15


Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia JuniOrchestra Young and Children's Chorus
More than 200 young musical artists perform music by Music by Novaro / Mameli, Verdi, Bernstein, Orff, Tchaikovsky, Bizet.
Wednesday, August 1, 9:15

Invito alla Danza Also in the park at the Villa Pamphili, the 22st anniversary of this dance festival. In case of rain, performances will be held at the nearby Teatro Vascello, Via Carini 78. Performances July 5, 9, 24, 31, € 23-20, reduced €20 -17; performances July 11, 12, 17, 18, €25 - 23; reduced €23 - 20; performances July 3, 6, 27 €28 -25, reduced €25 -22 tel [masked]
Stars of the Hamburg Ballet: John Neumeier Gala Tuesday, July 3, 9:15
Compagnia FlamenQueVive - "Pinturas, Omaggio a Picasso" Thursday, July 5, 9:15 pm
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Friday, July 6, 9:15 pm
Compagnia Aterballetto -"Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie" One of Italy's most important dance organizations. Monday, July 9, 9:15 pm
Ballet of Saint Petersburg Ballet - Swan Lake Wednesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 12, 9:15 pm
Romulo Larrea Tango Ensemble - "Spotlight on Tango Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18, 9:15 pm
Junior Balletto di Toscana - Coppelia Tuesday, July 24, 9:15 pm
Gala - Portrait of the Artist : Elisabetta Terabust With stars of the New York City Ballet, Joaquin de Luz and Ana Sophia Scheller, Susanne Grinder and Marcin Kupinsky of the Royal Danish Ballet, Letizia Giuliani and Alessandro Riga of the Teatro Maggio Danza, Alessio Carbone of the Opera de Paris, Emanuela Montanari of the Teatro all Scala di Milano, international star Luigi Bonino. Friday, July 27, 9:15 pm
Spellbound Contemporary Ballet- "Serata Spellbound" Choreography by Mauro Astolfi Tuesday, July 31, 9:15 pm

Music at the Teatro Marcello and the Villa Torlonia Near the end of the Roman Republic, the Emperor Augustus, as a gift to his nephew, ordered the building of a huge theater, seating 11,000 spectators. Augustus died five years before the theater was completed in 13 BC, but the name stuck. Today, the upper stories of the Teatro Marcello have been converted into luxury apartments, while the lower section and the surrounding area, is a fascinating archeological site, used for open air concerts in the warmer months, usually piano recitals and small chamber groups.
Via del Teatro Marcello 44
Nightly, through September 2
The price of the ticket includes a guided tour of the archeological site. €21.

The same series is performed on alternate nights on the grounds of the Villa Torlonia, Via Nomentana 70
Through August 7.

Villa Celemontana Jazz Festival
Europe's longest running jazz festival with nightly performances extending into September, held on the park grounds of a historic villa near the Baths of Caracalla. Italian jazz musicians and a few international names.

Some Highlights: Joshua Redman, sax, Friday, July 13 Aaron Goldberg, piano, with special guest Joshua Redman, Tuesday, July 17 Sarah Jane Morris, vocalist, Tuesday, August 7
Javier Girotto, sax
, Tuesday, August 14 Summertime at the Casa del Jazz
The beautiful Villa Oslo and its surrounding 2,500 square-meter park are the site of this center for jazz. Come for dinner or stay after the concert for a drink at the bar. In the summer, the concerts move out of doors to the lawns of the park. Viale di Porta Ardeatina, 55 (near the Baths of Caracalla) Tickets tel[masked], information[masked], restaurant[masked]
Enrico Rava "Tribe" The dean of Italian jazz, and one of the world's greatest jazz trumpet players. His ensemble, Tribe, includes artists of various generations and styles, including the renowned trombonist Gianluca Petralla, pianist Giovanni Giudi, the young bassist Gabriele Evangelista and long time collaborator, drummer Fabrizio Sferra. Wednesday, July 4, 9 pm €15
Maria Pia de Vita with Huw Warren and Gabriele Mirabassi The accomplished jazz vocalist, with English pianist and composer Warren and clarinetist Mirabassi. Monday, July 9, 9 pm €10
Roberta Gambarini, "So in love" The Italian singer, now a successful fixture on the New York scene, with Justin Robinson sax and flute, Sullivan Fortner piano, Ameen Saleem bass, Quincy Phillps, drums. Tuesday, July 10, 9 pm €15
Flavio Boltro, "Joyful" With an all-star quintet including André Ceccarelli, drums, Darryl Hall, bass, Rosario Giuliano sax and Pietro Lussu, presenting their latest recording. Wednesday, July 11, 9 pm €10
Special guest Joshua Redman with "Bad Plus" The renowned tenor sax player with Ethan Iverson at the piano, Reid Anderson, bass and David King drums, Friday, July 13, 9 pm €15
David Kikoski Trio The jazz pianist with Ed Howard bass and Nasheet Wait drums. Saturday, July 14, 9 pm €10
Aaron Goldberg and Guillermo Klein One of the most acclaimed young jazz pianists, with Guillermo Klein Rhodes Fender, tenor sax player Mark turner and Matt Penman bass, Eric Harland drums. Tuesday, July 17, 9 pm €10
Decontaminate Rome: Young Musicians Play Europe Young musicians from the jazz schools of Holland, Poland, Italy Wednesday, July 18 - Friday, July 20, 9 pm Free
Omer Avital Quintet The bass player for Charles Mingus and William Parker, with trumpeter Avishai Cohen, sax player Joel Frahm, pianist Jason Linder and drummer Johnathan Blake. Saturday, July 21, 9 pm €15
Roy Hargrove, trumpet Internationally, renowned two-time Grammy winner with Justin Robinson sax and flute, Sullivan Fortner piano, Ameen Saleem bass and Quincy Phillips drums. Sunday, July 22, 9 pm €15
Cristina Zavalloni with the Radar Band The vocalist, whose range spans opera and jazz. Her latest album is La donna di cristallo. With Christiano Arceli alto sax and arrangements, Fulvio Sigurtà trumpet, Massimo Morganti trombone, Giacomo Riggi vibraphone, Michele Francesconi piano, Daniele Mencarelli electric bass, Alessandro Paternesi drums, Enrico Pulcinelli percussion. Monday, July 23, 9 pm €10
Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band Drummer Blade has performed with Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and the Wayne Shorter quartet. Wednesday, July 25, 9 pm €15
Dee Dee Bridgewater "To Billie With Love: a Celebration of Lady Day" A highlight of the festival, the world-famous vocalist. Thursday, July 26, 9 pm €25
Enzo Pietropaoli "Yatra" Recent winner of the Top Jazz award for best bassist, presents his latest release with a quartet of young musicians. Monday, July 30, 9 pm €10 Robero Gatto New York Jazz Quartet One of the most respected jazz drummers, with a quartet of musicians from the New York scene: Melissa Aldana tenor sax, Nir Felder guitar and Joseph Lepore bass. Tuesday, July 31, 9 pm €10


Giardini di Luglio

Chamber music in the gardens of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana,

Via Flaminia, 118. Concerts €10-5.

Full days events €13-11


Silvano Toti Globe Theater
On the grounds of the Villa Borghese, a replica of Shakespeare's own theater, where every summer, works of the Bard are presented in Italian translation. No performances on Mondays. Shows start a 9:15 pm €23-10, under age 25 €20-8, on Wednesdays tickets are two for one for those over age 65. Box office open from 2-7 pm, on performance days open until curtain time.
A Midsummer Night's Dream opens July 4, 9:15 pm
Ugo Pagliai in The Merry Wives of Windsor, opens July 19, 9:15 pm
Giorgio Albertazzi as Julius Ceasar, opens August 9, 9:15 pm
As You Like It, opens September 7, 9:15 pm Pirandelliano
An annual season devoted to the works of Italy's most famous playwright, Luigi Pirandello, with two plays presented in alternation. Garden of the Basilica dei Santi Bonifacio e Alessio all'Aventino Roma, Piazza Sant'Alessio, 23 (Aventine) Performances July 5 - August 5
Shows begin at 9:15 pm €12 reduced €10

Così è (se vi pare)

Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays

La Verità - La Patente - All'Uscita - L'Uome dal Fiore in Bocca

Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays


At the Amphitheater Quercia del Tasso Built into the side of the Janiculum Hill, this outdoor theater hosts a season of alternating plays in Italian. All performances at 10 pm, box office opens at 7 pm
€18, reduced €14


La Locandiera The classic 18th-century play by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Sergio Ammirata.
Nightly, July 6 - 15

Anfitrione Directed by Sergio Ammirata, a mythological tale by Plauto,
(c. [masked] BC) the great playwright of the late Latin period, who influenced Molière, and others.
Tuesday- Saturday, July 17 - September 1


l lato comico di Anton

(The comic side of Anton), inspired by characters in the work of  Anton Chekov.

Sunday and Monday, July 22 - September 2


Teatro Romano at Ostia Antica
Ostia Antica was the harbor city of ancient Rome, at the mouth of the River Tiber, where it flows into the sea. Due  to silting and a drop in sea level, the site now lies 3 km from the sea , but it has been excavated and preserved, and is is noted for the excellent preservation of its ancient buildings, magnificent frescoes and impressive mosaics. Each summer, a theater festival is held  in the ancient amphitheater. It's a thrill to watch the plays the ancient Romans watched, on the very seats where they sat. The season includes more contemporary fare, as well.  

Mostellaria by Plauto

Friday, July 6


Operetta Gala

Saturday, July 14


Ballet School of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Tuesday, July 17


Ben Hur, by Gianni Clementi
Saturday, July 21


Medea by Euripedes
Thursday, July 26


Raffaele Paganini, dance gala
Friday, July 27


Pseudolus by Plauto
Saturday, July 28


Youth Orchestra of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Sunday, July 29


Young Dancers of Russian Ballet
Tuesday, July 31


Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Wednesday, August 1


Cassandra or Of Time Consumed
Friday, August 3


Miracle Players: Cleopatra The zany troupe of expat players is back again this year. Get there early- their fans are legion. And bring a pillow or something - you'll be sitting on stone steps. But don't miss it! Throughout their history the Romans were only ever afraid of two people. One of them was Hannibal and the other was a woman..." Cleopatra is a forty-minute comedy that follows the life, loves and ambitions of this legendary queen and last pharaoh of Egypt, based on the classical texts of Cassius Dio, Plutarch, Suetonius, Josephus, Shakespeare, John Dryden, George Bernard Shaw and others. The play juxtaposes literary sources with crazy interpretations of Hollywood scenes from "Roman Holiday" and "Cleopatra" to create a comic and informative biography of Cleopatra. The comedy also draws timely parallels from the lives of the play's protagonists and their eventual downfalls to the events of today. In front of the Mamertine Prison at the Roman Forum, Turn towards the entrance to the Vittoriano museum off Via dei Fori Imperiali and follow the signs to the Marmertine Prison. Every Friday through July 27, 7:30 pm

Passaggi Segreti at the Forum Each year, a classic moment in the history of ancient Rome is re-enacted on the site of the Imperial Forums. It's a chance to be in the Forums at night, when the lighting is magical and the air smells of wild mint. This season's offering is Nerone, the story of the notorious Emperor Nero, by Ettore Petrolini,  first presented in 1917. Caesar's Forum, Clivo Argentario 
(near the Mamertime Prison off Via dei Fori Imperiali at Piazza Venezia)

July 4 - August 5, 9 pm €35 tel. [masked]

Fontanone dell'Acqua Paola Via Garibaldi near the top of the Janiculum hill. With a spectacular panoramic view of Rome below and the immense fountain of Acqua Paola as a backdrop, a summer venue offering a gorgeous setting for a cocktail or snack.  The small stage presents mostly one-person theatrical performances in Italian. Through September 9. €18, reduced €12
Some highlights:
From Broadway to Hollywood, the most beautiful songs of stage and screen, performed by the Castelli Singers Friday, July 6, a benefit for the charity Emergency
Nel Salotto di Liszt e Chopin Produced by the group "Pour le Piano" Friday, July 13, a benefit for the charity Associazione "L'isolachenonc'è"

O di Uno o di Nessuno
The play by Luigi Pirandello with
Silvia Brogi, Felice Della Corte, Paolo Perinelli, Alioscia Viccaro, adapted and directed by Claudio Boccaccini

Wednesday, July 25


Fatima Scialdone in Un Thè-Tango per Evita
Music, prose and tango in one act with the winners of an international tango competition, Eduardo Moyano at the piano, Mariano Navo on bandoneon.
Friday-Saturday, August 3-4





Lungo Er Tevere - Summer Along the Tiber
The annual summer extravaganza, a long row of tents housing shops, restaurants, dance clubs,art shows and more along the banks of the Tiber. It's the most popular of all the summer attractions, admission is free, there's plenty to do, and, it can get seriously crowded. But it's great if you get there early, just when the merchants open up at 7 pm, have a stroll, relax with a beer by the river, chill out. New features this year include a workshop for making jewelry with recycled materials, photography, origami and dance workshops and a class in making historic costumes. Two of Rome's clubs, the Jazz Café and Fonclea will open along the river for the summer. For the fashion-minded, a salotto-modo will do makeovers and photo shoots, and for the nostalgic, the Vintage Café will show films and tv shows from the '70s, offer vinyl discs, comics and books, and figurines of historic soccer and jazz stars. Enter from the Lungotevere, descending the stairs at Castel Sant'Angelo, Piazza Belli, Piazza Trilussa or from the Isola Tiburina. The festival runs from Ponte Pontino to Ponte Castel Sant'Angelo. Through September 2


"Fitness world" a mega-gym complex opens each summer in northern Rome, with 30,000 square meters offering every imaginable sort of workout opportunity. The three pools host not just aquagym, but aquastep, hydrobike, and almost any aqua or hydra exercise you can imagine. There's an imported sand beach for volleyball, a 100-bike group cycle area, a skateboarding park, martial arts, kick-boxing, parkour, riptrainer . . .every new trend in the fitness world. The Liò Beef and Cocktail restaurant is open for fine dining indoors or out, and there are relax and refreshment areas for casual snacking . . . and (as if that wasn't enough), there's a day camp for kids 4-14. In the evenings, this year there are events to keep you entertained, such as dance lessons and contests. Viale di Tor di Quinto 55 (Metro A to Ottaviano then the 32 bus to Tor di Quinto, by car take the Tangeziale Est to the Tor di Quinto exit.)
Open through September 2, 10 am -midnight.


Open Air Cinemas
Since many of Rome's cinemas are not air-conditioned, it's become a tradition to set up open-air theaters in the various neighborhoods. Most of the films will be screened in Italian.
L'Isola del Cinema Surrounded by the action of the Lungo er Tevere festival, this theater is on the Isola Tiberina, in the middle of the Tiber river at Trastevere. You can see a movie, eat dinner, and have a snack or a drink afterwards, all without leaving the river.  Two tented theaters. The maxiscreen tent seats 500. While the smaller Cinelab offers  an international roster of niche films. €6, reduced €4 through September 5 Neighborhood Cinemas Outdoor seating, recent films in Italian. Screenings begin at 9:15 pm. Entrance €5

Arena di Castel Sant' Angelo, 1 and 2,  Giardini di Castel Sant'Angelo

Arena di Garbatella,  Piazza Benedetto Brin
Arena di Monteverde,  Via Fonteiana 125 Arena di Piramide, Piazza Aredeatino Arena di S. Pietro in Vincoli, Via Eudossiana 18 Arena Cinemunix alla Bellini, Scuola V. Bellini - Circonvallazione Tuscolana, 59 Arena di Villa Lazaroni, via Appia Nuova 520
Arena di Talenti, Largo Sergio Pugliesi
Arena di La Sapienza, Cinema 1, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5



Arena Nuovo Sacher, Largo Ascianhgi 1 (Trastevere),

All'ombra del colosseo
Features a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and apperitivi; and cabaret shows nightly at 9:45 pm. Parco del Celio, Viale del Parco del Celio at Via Celio Vibenna. Through September 4
Roma Vintage
In addition to booths selling vintage items and other assorted stuff, there's a restaurant, bistro, two bars, a play area for kids, and a wellnes area, where for a fee, you can take classes in Indoor Cycling (ICYFF), Indoor Walking, Bodyfit, Pilates, Step, Gag, Fit Dance, Karambolfit and Chronofive.Evening events include theater and dance on Wednesday evenings, 9:15 and 10:30 pm, film screenings (in Italian) on Thursday evenings, 9 pm, and dancing to live bands on Fridays, 10:30 pm. Entrances at via di Parco San Sebastiano 2 and viale delle Terme di Caracalla 5.(Metro B to Circo Massimo, bus lines 118, 160, 628, 671, 714). Open through August 15

Villa d'Este Night Concert

Surely one of the most beautiful places in all of Italy, the spectacular water garden at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli in front of the Fontana della Civetta.  The gardens, which normally close at sunset, will be open for the night of the concert. Free with admission to the gardens.
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Orchestra Filarmonica di Tivoli Saturday, July 14, 9:30 pm
Mozart: Concert for clarinet and orchestra KV622 First movement Schubert: Serenade Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana Brahms: Hungarian Dance n. 5 Marcello: Adagio from the concerto for oboe and strings Ravel: Bolero Soundtracks from the Cinema, by Rota, Morricone, Zimmer

Festa di Noantri

A little piece of Rome's history, this festival celebrates the day when fishermen on the Tiber pulled up a statue of the Virgin Mary. The event, held every year in Trastevere, is a neighborhood affair. The statue is paraded through the streets, stages are set up on corners with music and dancing, traditional and otherwise. Stands sell all sorts of stuff - best of all, they serve porchetta, delicious pork roasted on the spit with lots of garlic and rosemary. The festival was immortalized in Fellini's film "Roma." Sunday, July 15 - Monday, July 30.


Gay Village Festival
One of the most popular of the Estate Romana festivals, with dance floors, three restaurants, seven bars, and spaces for discussions and reading, stalls selling stuff, concerts, cabaret, a gay documentary film festival and theater. Parco del Ninfeo, Via delle Tre Fontane (Eur) Bus lines, 06, 707, 717, 765, 771, N2, N3 Metro B Eur/Magliana or Eur/Fermi


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