Hot Dates December 2020

by Danilo Brunetti

We’re living through unprecedented times, nevertheless, the show must go on…line! Just because museums and performance venues are closed, doesn’t mean we can’t attend the hottest events of the season.

The Barber of Seville – Saturday 5

In their third cinematographically designed performance, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma presents crowd favorite The Barber of Seville in a Covid-friendly version. In this newly staged production of Rossini’s entertaining yet moving opera buffa, Teatro Costanzi is transformed from opera house into film set, with Daniele Gatti at the podium, and stage direction by Mario Martone. The singers will perform live on stage, with the live orchestra and chorus accompanying them, but the seats will be empty. The direction is carried out like that of a film, with a completely innovative and original use of the spaces of the theater. This surprising and fascinating performance will be streamed live on

Festival Nuova Consonanza – Until Sunday 20

The 57th edition of Nuova Consonanza, Rome’s contemporary music festival, is sure to be unlike any that has come before it. This year’s festival, titled Laborintus 2.0, presents over 20 performances of works from the mid-20th century to today, including several world premieres. The concerts will all take place via live streaming on the association’s YouTube channel, and will all be entirely free. Performance highlights include German ensemble BRuCH (pictured), an unusual group made up of four young female musicians who bring together flute, cello, piano, and soprano and interpret exclusively new music. On 10 December they perform a program that includes two world premieres, by Feliz Macahis and Davide Remigio respectively. Search for Associazione Nuova Consonanza on YouTube.

Traveling Exhibit – Sunday 6

In a fresh take on the personal exhibit, the works of contemporary artist Viola Di Massimo will be presented in a thoroughly inventive way. From 10:30am to 2:30pm, seven people, including the artist, will transport one work of art each through the city—by bicycle. Rent a bike to follow the (literally) traveling exhibit, or find a spot to watch along the route. The itinerary begins on Via Val d’Aosta, and continues along Via Nomentana, through Villa Borghese, down Via del Corso, past the Pantheon, through Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori, back up Via del Corso to Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Barberini, Piazza della Repubblica, and back to where it started.