Concerto in Si Be-Bolle – Saturday 5 and Sunday 6
Actor and clown Michele Cafaggi teams up with musicians Davide Baldi and Federico Caruso for a concert described as a trio for piano and bubbles. This performance, recommended for concertgoers of all ages, stars an eccentric pianist who appears on stage with all the emotion and the tension of the occasion, yet is beset by unexpected events, unlikely incidents, fortuitous encounters, and hilarious plot twists. In addition to piano, the clarinet, accordion, guitar, and percussion make appearances, all in the company of bubbles. Lots of bubbles.
Befana – Sunday 6
According to Italian tradition, on the feast day of the Epiphany, a friendly witch named La Befana fills the stockings of children, just like a certain jolly old elf we all know and love. Good children get candy and naughty ones get coal, a ritual that symbolizes the three kings who brought gifts to baby Jesus the same day. To get to know the old lady in person, head to Piazza Navona where Befanas hand out candy to children, marking the end of the Christmas season.
La Traviata – from Saturday 12 to Saturday 26
One of the best-loved works of the operatic canon, Verdi’s La Traviata tells a story of unexpected love, unbridled passion, selflessness, and eventual tragedy that has resounded in the hearts of opera-goers since it premiered in Venice in 1853. With stage direction by Academy-Award-winner Sofia Coppola, costumes by none other than Valentino, and music direction by Pietro Rizzo, this production by the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma promises to be the operatic event of the year. Teatro Costanzi.
Mummenschanz – Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20
A combination of mime, modern dance, and surreal masked theater, Swiss troupe Mummenschanz has been inspiring
surprise, amazement, and laughter on all five continents since its founding in 1972. Artistic director Floriana Frassetto, together with the company, presents an all-new show, You and Me, in which bodies become faces, glow-in-the-dark costumes are transformed into animals, and a pair of giant hands interact with the audience, all with the help of enchanting lights that create the perfect illusion.
Catch it at Teatro Olimpico.
Supermagic – from Thursday 24
An absolutely unmissable event this month—particularly for the little ones is Alchemie, the latest installment of the fabulous annual magic festival Supermagic. Now in its 16th edition,n this year the festival presents a star-studded show inspired by the mysterious world of alchemy. Some of the most acclaimed illusionists around the world perform on the same stage, each one more mystifying and mesmerizing than the next.
Rhapsody in Blue – Thursday 31
The unmistakable glissando of a solo clarinet heralds the beginning of this legendary work, one of the greatest triumphs of American composer George Gershwin, and indeed the entirety of 20th-century classical music. A daring combination of jazz and lyricism, Rhapsody in Blue continues to delight audiences nearly one hundred years after its première. Hear the Santa Cecilia National Orchestra perform this work, as well as Gershwin’s American in Paris, and Pelleas und Melisande by Arnold Schönberg, all under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano.