It’s Academic

by Danilo Brunetti

An exciting month of music, dance, and theater awaits at the Roman Philharmonic Academy. Tiffany Parks shares the programme.

Whether your passion is chamber music, musical theater, or contemporary dance—or perhaps all three—the Roman Philharmonic Academy has something in store for you this month. Their vibrant and diverse November programme kicks off with a live production of cult classic Rocky Horror Show featuring the explosive energy of Richard O’Brien’s glam-rock compositions. This perennial favorite, beloved by audiences for over 40 years, runs from the 1st to the 6th at Teatro Olimpico. Another exciting development is the return of the Parsons Dance Company to Teatro Olimpico, absent from Rome’s stages since 2007. From 8 to 13 November, the renowned American company of David Parsons, one of the most creative and eclectic choreographers of American postmodern dance, presents two new creations: Microburst, a bold performance for four dancers set to classical Indian music by Avirodh Sharma; and Eight Women with the backdrop of music by Aretha Franklin.

Across town at Teatro Argentina, arguably the most beautiful theater in the city, chamber music performances delight and inspire audiences. Highlights include a solo piano recital by Benedetto Lupo on the 17th, dedicated entirely to Russian music. The extraordinarily expressive pianist’s programme features Seasons op. 37a by Tchaikovsky and Scrjabin’s Preludes. The 24th sees the world premiere of All Night Long the Dogs Have Barked, a chamber opera by Federica Volante and Sandro Cappelletto and inspired by a true story and dedicated to the elimination of violence against women. The opera (performed in concert version) features an almost entirely female cast, with soprano Virginia Guidi, EVO vocal ensemble, narrated by Angela Favella, and accompanied by the Imago Sonora Ensemble under the baton of Mimma Campanale

Mimma Campanale

In addition to all this, the intimate venue of Sala Casella provides the setting for lectures and lesson-concerts all month long. Find details at