Hot Dates June 2021

by Danilo Brunetti

Music in the park, opera in the ruins, and contemporary art inspired by archaeology—June in Rome has something for everyone.

Opera at Circus MaximusFrom Tuesday 15

For the second summer in a row, Rome’s national opera company, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, will swap its regular venue of Teatro Costanzi in favor of the legendary Circus Maximus. The site has the distinction of being the largest public entertainment venue in the ancient world, and as such it can guarantee the size necessary to ensure distance between opera-goers in accordance with the latest anti-Covid regulations. Enormous screens set up behind the live performers will mean that even those spectators at the very back of the audience won’t miss out on the slightest details of the staging, set design, and costumes. This month, Verdi’s epic masterwork Il Trovatore goes up inside the ancient racetrack starting on the 15th, but opera is not the only entertainment on the bill. Tchaikovsky’s immortal Swan Lake is interpreted by the opera’s ballet company from the 22nd, and Italian singer-songwriter extraordinaire Vinicio Caposella performs live on the 23rd.

The Gardens of the PhilharmonicFrom Sunday 13

Live classical music, a breezy summer night, an enchanted garden: if the combination sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. Every summer, the Accademia Filarmonica Romana moves its concerts to the lush, tranquil oasis of the Giardini della Filarmonica, just a stone’s throw from Piazza del Popolo. Music to Love is the theme of this year’s edition, which happens to land on the bicentenary of the founding of this prestigious music organization. The rich calendar opens with a family-friendly version of Verdi’s Rigoletto, created by director Manuel Renga with the aim of introducing young people to opera. Other concerts include Giovanni Sollima and Giuseppe Andaloro performing Stravinsky, the L’ Astrée ensemble with voice narration by Laura Torelli, a delightful mix of music and literature dedicated to the myth of Orpheus, and I Solisti Aquilani interpreting Vivaldi and Piazzolla. In addition, the festival hosts a series of concerts, each one dedicated to the music of a specific country, from Japan to Brazil, India to Lithuania, and many more.

Evgeny AntufievFrom Friday 11

The National Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia kicks off a fascinating new exhibit that showcases the work of Evgeny Antufiev, a Russian contemporary artist whose work is profoundly influenced by Italian archeology. Dead Nations, Eternal Version explores the concepts of ​​immortality and regeneration through the archetypes that have accompanied human existence and imagination in a story that transcends time. And what better setting than a museum that is the guardian of the intriguing and, for some, mysterious Etruscan civilization? Antufiev artworks, comprised of non-typical, organic materials such as bones, hair, teeth, and skin, aim to blur the lines between multiple civilizations from East to West, from the Phoenicians to the Greeks to the Carthaginians, and, in doing so, create something absolutely new: works with hybrid identities, capable of generating assonances between different worlds and cultures. Reservations required on weekends and holidays, at least one day in advance.