I adore the Italian opera, and visiting opera houses around the globe belongs inseparably to my travel adventures. I have seen many – but Rome has something you won’t experience anywhere else in the world.
In the summer, the Roman opera house – Teatro dell’Opera – takes its performances under the open sky to Terme di Caracalla, ancient Roman baths in the southern part of Rome.
Terme di Caracalla were originally stunning baths built for the Roman Emperor. Its construction started in 212 AD, and it took five years and nine thousand workers for the baths to be finished. Terme di Caracalla were used until 537 when the Goths, during the siege of Rome, cut the aqueducts that led to the baths. Then the baths fell into oblivion and were eventually turned into a cemetery.
In the 16th century, Terme di Caracalla were found thanks to archeological excavations, and they remained an important archeological site until 1937, when Teatro dell’Opera set up its summer stage on these monumental grounds.
In 1990, the Roman opera house and its summer stage became world famous thanks to the grandiose concert of the three tenors – José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Since then, opera lovers all around the world have been infatuated with this magical space.
Terme di Caracalla reopened in 2003 after a complete reconstruction. Their performances are wonderful, delicious gems, perfect for warm, endless Roman nights.
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