Hot Dates October 2022

by Danilo Brunetti

The temperatures may be dropping but Rome’s artistic and musical offerings are hotter than ever.

Pasolini the PainterFrom Friday 14

It’s been a year of celebrations for the centenary of the birth of the inimitable and widely beloved Pier Paolo Pasolini. The 20th century’s answer to the Italian Renaissance man, Pasolini distinguished himself as a poet, filmmaker, journalist, novelist, translator, playwright, and actor. But many do not realize that his artistic genius also included painting, and a new exhibit at Rome’s Gallery of Modern Art looks at this often neglected side of his creative output. Roughly two hundred works, both paintings and sketches that range between portraits, landscapes, and still lifes, make up the exhibit, documenting the exceptional artistic experimentation of the young Pasolini.

Strauss’ ElektraTuesday 18, Thursday 20, and Saturday 22

After a brilliant tour that touched on many of the most important concert halls across Europe, the Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is finally back in Rome to open the 2022-2023 season on their home turf, the startlingly modern performance center Auditorium Parco della Musica, designed by architect Renzo Piano. The season kicks off with a bang with Richard Strauss’s one-act tour de force Elektra, performed in concert version. Soloists include celebrated stars like soprano Ausrine Stundyte in the title role, mezzo soprano Petra Lang as Clytemnestra, tenor Neal Cooper as Aegisthus, and baritone Kostas Smoriginas as Orestes, all under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano.

GiselleFrom Friday 21 to Thursday 27

For an evening tailor-made to delight the senses, there’s no better fit than a night of spectacular ballet in the dazzling setting of Teatro Costanzi. The ballet corps, soloists, and principal dancers of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the premier classical dance company of the city, present the tragic and haunting tale of Giselle. Set to music by Adolphe-Charles Adam, the ballet tells the story of an innocent peasant girl who dies of heartbreak when she is betrayed by her heartless seducer, only to return to haunt him and dance him to death in revenge. The main roles are interpreted by étoiles such as Susanna Salvi, Rebecca Bianchi, Alessio Rezza, and Claudio Cocino.

Counting CrowsTuesday 4

For over two decades now, American band Counting Crows has thrilled listeners around the world with their intense and passionate interpretation of timeless rock, selling an impressive 20 million records worldwide. They burst onto the international music scene in 1993 with their debut album August and Everything After, and have since released seven studio albums, the most recent of which, Somewhere Under Wonderland, released in 2014, was described by The Daily Telegraph as “the best collection of songs since their debut.” On the 4th, the band will take to the mainstage of the Auditorium PDM for a stop on their Butter Miracle Tour, to perform new songs from the eponymous new album as well as fan favorites.

RomaeuropaAll Month

Rome’s hottest contemporary performance festival, which opened its 37th edition last month, continues into October with the same cutting-edge performances and daring concepts that the international phenomenon has become famous for. Original theater, dance, music, digital art, and kids’ performances are all represented at a world-class caliber. Highlights from this month’s program include Maud Le Pladec’s dance creation Twenty-seven Perspectives, Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol’s theater piece Tiburón, a performance by Dream House Quartet (Katia and Marielle Labéque, Bryce Dessner, and David Chalmin), and Auriea Harvey’s digital art work, AR Sculptures. Performances take place at the Auditorium PDM, Teatro Argentina, and the Mattatoio di Roma. Find the full program and more information at