Hot Dates August 2020

by Danilo Brunetti

The hottest month of the year also offers numerous unmissable concerts for music lovers of any persuasion.

Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov Thursday 6 and Sunday 9

2000 years ago, Romans flocked to Circus Maximus to watch thrilling chariot races. Today, and this summer in particular, the venue has been transformed into an open-air concert hall for operas, symphonic performances, and other events. The most anticipated date on the calendar this month is a dual recital by two of the opera world’s most celebrated stars, real-life couple soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Yusif Eyvazov. The pair perform a homage to Rome, with music by Puccini, Verdi, Dvořák, Mascagni, and more. The concert will be accompanied by the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma Orchestra under the baton of Jader Bignamini. Lehar’s operetta The Merry Widow and Rossini’s iconic The Barber of Seville, both in concert version, are also on the program this month.

Mozart Under the StarsThursday 6

The grand finale of the summer season of the renowned Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra and Chorus brings together these world-class musicians, along with celebrated soloists, in the evocative outdoor setting of the PDM’s open-air Cavea. Maestro Carlo Rizzari takes the podium to direct an all-Mozart program. The first half of the concert features four stunning vocalists performing Mozart’s rarely heard Nocturnes. In the performance’s second half, the Sinfonia Concertante and the Sinfonia n. 36 “Linz” fill Rome’s night sky with the glorious melodies and harmonies that could only come from Mozart’s pen.

Pink Floyd LegendThursday 27

You may have missed your chance to see Pink Floyd perform live by a couple of decades, but it’s not too late to live your dream. Attending a concert by Pink Floyd Legend, the number one tribute band for the immortal progressive rock ensemble, is the next best thing. On occasion of the 50th anniversary of Atom Heart Mother, Pink Floyd’s fifth studio album, they present all the original arrangements, sounds, lighting, and effects that have become legendary, as well as special guest appearance by Pink Floyd back-up singer, Durga McBroom. Don’t miss nearly 40 years of rock history condensed into an unmissable two-hour show. Auditorium PDM Cavea.