Hot Dates March 2022

by Danilo Brunetti

From sports to opera to art exhibits, Rome’s March event calendar has a little something for everyone.

Italy vs ScotlandSaturday 12

Every year in late winter, European rugby fans country hop in order to attend once-a-year games. Only six countries participate, hence the name Six Nations Championship, with only one game per pair of teams, switching between host country every year. Each country hosts only two or three games total in the entire series, so tickets sell out fast. Italy has been in a historic slump the past several years, in fact they haven’t won a Six Nations match since they played against Scotland in 2015! This month, Italy hosts Scotland at the Stadio Olimpico so the game promises to be a thrilling one. Find more information at

TurandotFrom Tuesday 22 to Thursday 31

One of Puccini’s greatest achievements, Turandot is a dazzling celebration of myth, culture, and music, and one of the most highly acclaimed operas in the entire canon. Set in ancient Peking, Turandot tells the story of the eponymous princess who refuses to marry any suitor who cannot answer her series of baffling riddles, sending all who fail to their deaths. When one finally answers correctly, she must examine her own motives behind her impossibly high standards. ​​If you’ve always dreamed of hearing the unmistakable strains of Nessun Dorma soaring through a spectacular 19th-century opera house, now is your chance as this Teatro dell’Opera di Roma original production goes up at Teatro Costanzi this month. Tickets and information at

Broadway Celebration26 March

A thrilling one-night-only concert at the Auditorium Conciliazione pays homage to the great American musical. An exceptional cast and a fast-paced lineup accompanies the audience on an incredible journey into the inimitable world of Broadway. The show traces the history of the great American musical, through the performance of its most famous arias and songs, from crowd-favorites like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Sister Act, Rent, Les Misérables, Cats, A Chorus Line, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, The Lion King, Evita, and many more. The project was born from the collaboration of Marco Caselle (an artist, performer, and producer active in the musical field) and Alex Negro (a singer, director, and founder of Sunshine Gospel Choir). From the union of their professional experiences in both musicals and gospel, these two artists have given life to a unique, original, and thoroughly entertaining show.

Janine Jansen plays BrittenFrom Thursday 24 to Saturday 26

Dutch violin virtuoso Janine Jansen makes a stop at Rome’s Auditorium PDM this month to thrill audiences with a performance of Britten’s Concerto for Violin. Active since her professional debut in 2001, Jansen is perhaps best known for a recent recording project in which she plays 12 of the greatest Stradivarius violins in existence, one of which she performs on in this concert. She is accompanied by the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, led by Maestro Antonio Pappano, and the celebration of 20th-century classical music continues in the second half of the programme with Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

Bill ViolaFrom Saturday 5

The new exhibition season at Palazzo Bonaparte kicks off with Icons of Light, a celebration of the work of Bill Viola, one of the greatest video-artists active from the 1970s to today. The American artist’s most iconic and evocative installations are on display on the palazzo’s piano nobile, in the elegant rooms that were once the home of Napoleon’s mother. The ten showcased works, which include his absolute masterpieces such as Ascension (2000) and Water Portraits (2015), represent an emblematic synthesis of Viola’s work, a constant dichotomy of life and death, inextricably linked by the contrasts between East and West. The exhibition is conceived as an emotional journey, leading the visitor through spaces with a muffled atmosphere that recall places of profound intimacy, almost like shrines to one’s own memory, a visionary space of worship where the viewer is invited to establish a profound visual and spiritual connection with the artwork.