Hot Dates September 2022

by Danilo Brunetti

Summer may be fading but Roman nights are heating up, with concerts, dance, and performance art galore.

Oratorio del GonfaloneFrom Thursday 8

If your passion is to combine art and music, there’s no better place than this exquisite oratory covered with spectacular frescoes by the greatest artists of the late 16th-century, such as Federico Zuccari, Livio Agresti, and Cesare Nebbia. Their September Youth Series starts on the 8th, and every Thursday their stage will be graced by a different young chamber music ensemble, beginning with 

Quartetto Klem, a string quartet who will play Mozart, Turino, and Brahms. On the 15th, violinist Sebastian Zagame and pianist Aurelio Marco Rano interpret Beethoven and Brahms, and on the 22th, Davide Scarabottolo will perform a virtuosic program of Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt. Ensemble Flutes at the Opera rounds out the month, playing the music of Doppler, Ciardi, and Briccialdi.

ElisaFrom Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24

Italian pop superstar Elisa returns to the stage of Rome’s Auditorium PDM as part of a mammoth tour that will visit every region of Italy. The singer-songwriter, one of few Italian artists to perform and record almost entirely in English, draws inspiration from various genres, including pop, alternative rock, electronica, and trip hop, creating a sound that is thoroughly her own. Elisa was recently named the artistic director of the Heroes Festival 2022, thanks to her tireless support of environmental causes, and the Back to the Future Live Tour will take place in locations of particular natural and landscape value, and designed to have a low environmental impact.

Serata PreljocajTuesday 13 to Sunday 18

The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma pays homage this month to Angelin Preljocaj, a French choreographer of Albanian descent, considered one of the most important and innovative choreographers of French nouvelle danse. The performance features two of his most successful productions, Annonciation and Nuit Romaine, set to the music of Stephane Roy, Vivaldi, Handel, Rossini, Wagner, Schubert, Bach, Gyorgy, and Ligeti. Topping this bill is Italy’s most celebrated ballerina, Eleonora Abbagnato, and she is joined onstage by Friedemann Vogel, Alessandra Amato, Rebecca Bianchi, Susanna Salvi, Claudio Cicino, Alessio Rezza, and many other etoiles.

AnastaciaThursday 22

American pop icon Anastacia thrills audiences with her I’m Outta Lockdown – The 22nd Anniversary European Tour, making a stop in Rome at the historic Teatro Brancaccio. With multi-platinum mega hits like I’m Outta Love and Left Outside Alone, and a whopping 30 million records sold worldwide, this singer-songwriter has become one of the most recognizable voices of the present day. Fans of Anastacia will be thrilled that she is finally back on the world stages after the pandemic-induced performance break; this is her first tour since the release of her album Evolution in 2018. 

A Concert at the CastleFrom Friday 1 to Monday 25

Castel Sant’Angelo comes alive after dark all month long, with music, dance, and kids’ shows taking place on the evocative battlements of this nearly two-thousand-year-old monument. The warm breezes of a Roman September night are the perfect accompaniment to the events on offer. The first of the month features I Love Tosca, an original operatic production for kids and adults loosely based on the famous Puccini opera, which partially takes place at this very monument. On the 7th, Avion Travel is a night of band classics, and Roberto Capucci’s The Man Who Dances on 21–23 September is a coming together of dance and fashion. The series wraps up with Mozart, Music, and Literature, combining classical music and puppet for a performance to suit all ages.