Hot Dates September 2021

by Danilo Brunetti

The temperate days and warm breezy nights of Roman September make it the perfect time to be in the Eternal City.


Rome’s answer to Shakespeare’s globe, a circular, open-air reproduction of the famous London playhouse, is an evocative and authentic place to take in one of the bard’s immortal plays. The rarely performed Venus and Adonis goes up on the first of the month and runs through the 12th,  while crowd-favorite The Merry Wives of Windsor takes over on the 17th, running to 3 October. Kids can get in on the fun at one of the special family productions that run on weekend mornings at 11am. Original new shows Little Richard III, What’s Rotten in Denmark?, and Grandma Lear and Her Three Granddaughters are loosely based on Shakespeare’s works, but a bit easier to digest for the younger set. All performances in Italian. Gigi Proietti Globe Theatre Silvano Toti.

DIALOGUESFrom Tuesday 9 

Lavinia Bertulli

A new project presented by the Roman Philharmonic Academy, Dialogues is a concert cycle that hosts young performers from the most prestigious music academies in Italy for almost the entire month of September and into October. Over eight concerts, eleven musicians alternate between solo recitals and chamber ensembles in a wide repertoire of music ranging from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Concerts take place at the Sala Casella, opening with pianist Simone Ivaldi playing Grieg, Granados, and Schumann; on 10 September, pianist Lavinia Bertulli plays Mozart, Schubert, and Liszt; on the 16th, Trio Eidos performs, followed by Duo Margoni-Loperfido on the 17th; pianist Gabriele Strata performs on the 23rd, the Duo De Feo, formed by brothers Alessandro and Gabriele on cello and piano, takes the stage on the 24th, pianist Alessandro Simoni plays on the 30th, and the violin duo formed by sisters Annastella and Donatella Gibboni close the concert cycle on the first of October.


Enrico Pieranunzi Youth Ensemble

For jazz lovers, Roman summer lasts well into September. The Casa del Jazz, Rome’s premier venue for Italian and international jazz, in conjunction with the Auditorium Parco della Musica, continues its series of outdoor concerts the first two weeks of the month, so you can soak up those jazzy summer nights just a little bit longer. Some of the most sought-after Italian jazz ensembles are topping the bill, including the Paolo Damiani Unit, the Enrico Pieranunzi Youth Ensemble, the Bosso & Giuliani Connection, as well as a special projection of Francesco Bertolini’s silent 1911 film Dante’s Inferno, remastered and accompanied by an all-new “soundtrack,” performed live by Sax & Live Electronics di Marco Castelli. The grassy hills and lush foliage of the grounds at the Casa del Jazz make it the ideal spot to enjoy a late summer night of jazz.

BALLET BY ROLAND PETITFrom Tuesday 14 to Sunday 19

The official season of Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera may not start until November, but ballet lovers are in luck, as a special pre-season performance is in store this month! A masterpiece of the modern repertoire, Notre-Dame de Paris, choreographed by the brilliant Roland Petit and reprised by Luigi Bonino—artistic director of the Roland Petit Repertoire—will top the bill for the first time on the stage of the Teatro Costanzi. Along with the stars of the Roman company, directed by Eleonora Abbagnato, Kazakh dancer Bakhtiyar Adamzhan will take up the main role. The music is by Maurice Jarre, and while not played live, it was performed by the Orchestra of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, under the baton of Maestro Kevin Rhodes. More information and tickets at


Conceptualized by journalist Piero Angela and physicist Paco Lanciano, this digital multimedia journey allows spectators to experience the Imperial Fora as never before, using cutting-edge technology to transport them back in time to the Rome of the Caesars. Initially launched in the Forum of Augustus in honor of the 2000th anniversary of the first emperor’s death, the project now also includes the Forum of Julius Caesar. The show recreates the original appearance of the Imperial Fora through an expert blend of video, lights, and special effects, including images projected directly onto the ruins, re-creating what the sites looked like at their peak. A running narrative available in eight languages guides the audience. Shows run three times a night and last 40 minutes. For more information, check out