La traviata

Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Opera in three acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
after La Dame aux Camélias by Alexadre Dumas Jr.

First performed at the Teatro La Fenice on 6 March 1853

Conductor: Yves Abel
Director: Lorenzo Mariani

Chorus Master Roberto Gabbiani


Main roles

Violetta Valery Kristina Mkhitaryan / Valentina Varriale
Alfredo Germont Alessandro Scotto di Luzio
Giorgio Germont Fabián Veloz


Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma


New production

with italian and english surtitles

Program and cast

Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Opera in three acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
based on the play La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas Jr.

First performed at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, on 6 March 1853

Length: 3h20 approximately - PROLOGUE and I ACT 75' - INTERMISSION 25' - II ACT 35' - INTERMISSION 25' - III ACT 40'

Conductor: Manlio Benzi

Director: Lorenzo Mariani

Chorus Master: Roberto Gabbiani
Set designer: Alessandro Camera
Costume designer: Silvia Aymonino
Choreographic movements: Luciano Cannito
Lighting designer: Roberto Venturi
Video: Fabio Iaquone, Luca Attilii


Violetta Valery: Francesca Dotto / Valentina Varriale**
Alfredo Germont: Alessandro Scotto di Luzio
Giorgio Germont: Marcello Rosiello

**graduated “Fabbrica” Young Artist Program

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma Orchestra and Chorus
A Teatro dell’Opera di Roma production

Sung in italian with italian and english subtitles

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Terme di Caracalla

On 27 July 1937, Piero Colonna, governor of Rome, called press representatives to present the project, previously approved, to build an open air theatre within the archeological site of the Baths of Caracalla, where from the 1st of August onwards operas would have been performed.
Under the Fascist regime, the Roman Summer had a further venue for music, namely melodrama, along with the Basilica of Maxentius, where in Summer time the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia used to perform.
According to the Governor, it was an experiment, which turned into a usual event both for the citizenry and the international public. Furthermore, it was fundamental to give the then Teatro Reale dell’Opera its final structure and let all theatre artists and technicians work with some continuity.
Defined as "Teatro del popolo", it became more and more an expression of a rediscovered and accomplished popular taste. It is useful to recall that in 1937 the Verona Arena launched its twenty-first opera season.
With its technological plans, designed and set up by Pericle Ansaldo, the stage was places within one of the large rooms near the tepidarium; with 1,500 sqm suerface and a 22 metre proscenium, it became the biggest stage worldwide. The seating plan hosted 8,000 seats, divided into six sectors.
However, the first season was brief, only eight days with five perfomances in total, three of Lucia di Lammermoor and two of Tosca. ‘An unforgettable performance within a frame which is unique in the world, so strikingly powerful that it seems real’, said the first words of an article in Il Giornale d'Italia on the 8th of August, 1937.
The following year, six operas were performed (La Gioconda, Mefistofele, Aida, Lohengrin, Isabeauconducted by Mascagni himself, and Turandot) with 28 performances all toghether, from June 30th to August 15th. The most substantial change was the new and final location of the stage inside the exedra of the calidarium with now a 20,000 people seating plan. The opera season was interrupted by 1944, during WWII. It reopened in 1945 in a triumphant way. From 1945 until 1993 it was a very important reference point for musical culture and perhaps the most evocative venues, among those for open air performances. Unfortunately on the 14th of August, 1993 the curtain was brought down for good over the theatre at the Terme di Caracalla.


Since 2001 operas have been performed at Terme di Caracalla with new logistics, where the monumental ruins are not anymore embedded into the stage, and thus into the performance; still, it is a unique and extraordinary frame for the Summer Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Opera and the Ballet Season.


How to reach Terme di Caracalla

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla


Linea B -  CIRCO MASSIMO stop


Via Baccelli - 160
Via Terme di Caracalla - 118, 160, 628, 671, 714

phone number - 06.3570

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