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Thursday, December, 20 to
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Mary Poppins Returns
Dei Piccoli

A Simple Favor

Ben is Back
Nuovo Olimpia

The Old Man & the Gun
Nuovo Olimpia

Bohemian Rhapsody

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The orchestra and chorus of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia are led by Manfred Honek, who is the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony, in Mozart's concert aria "Exultate Jubilate", the Beethoven Piano Concerto n, 3 and Haydn's Mass in a Time of War. The soprano soloist is Regula Mühlemann, who records for Sony Classics. The piano soloist, Paul Lewis, recorded the complete Beethoven concerti for the Harmonuium Mundi label. Thursday-Sunday, December 13-15. All concerts at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra from Moscow, Vladimir Fedoseev and Denis Lotoev, conductors, perform a holiday concert in which they accompany two animated films based on scores of Tchaikovsky: Francesco da Rimini and the Nutcracker Suite, both created in 1973 by Russian illustrator Boris Stepantsev and recently restored. Then the orchestra, conducted by with the award-winning piano soloist Denis Matsuev, performs three Tchaikovsky works: the piano concerto number 1, the Nutcracker suite, and the Capriccio Italiano. Maestro Honek joins the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia again Thursday, December 20 through Saturday, December 22, ,with clarinet solist Alessandro Carbonare in Dvorak's Rusalka Suite, suites from the ballet Schlagobers by Strauss and the suite from Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, as well as the Clarinet Concert n. 1 by Weber. Then Maestsro Yuri Temirkanov, music director of the Saint Petersburg Symphony, leads our Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Haydn's Symphony n. 104 "London" and the Mahler Symphony n. 4 "Das himmlische Leben" with soprano soloist Rachel Harnisch,  Thursday-Saturday, January 10-12.  All concerts at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. more  

Chamber Music
One of the world's greatest living pianists, Martha Argerich is joined by and Antonio Pappano, piano; Kyoko Takezawa and Yasushi Toyoshima violins and Mischa Maisky, cello in a program of chamber music by Leclair, Schumann, Shostakovich, Heidrich and Saint-Saëns, Sunday, December 16 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. At the Aula Magna, Unviersità la Sapienza, Veronika Eberle violin, and Edicson Ruiz bass; Gonzalo Grau, percussion South American musicians present their unique take on the music of  J.S. Bach. Saturday, December 15. Also at the Aula Magna, Around Bernstein In honor of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth, clarinet virtuoso Alessandro Carbonare is joined by the Ials Jazz Big Band, alto sax and conductor Gianni Oddi in a program of music by Bernstein, Stravinski, Ellington and Shaw.  András Schiff, one of the pre-eminent pianists of his generation, performs a recital of musi by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms and Bach at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Monday, January 6.

At the Opera: Rigoletto & La Traviata  
A new production of the Verdi classic, conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by Daniele Abbado. Notable among the first cast, in the role of the Duke of Mantua, the Spanish tenor Ismael Jordi, who performs at the Royal Opera House London, the Teatro Real Madrid and the Deutsche Opera Berlin.  In  the title role, Roberto Frontali performs at the Royal Opera House London, the Metropolitan Opera New York, La Fenice Venice and other major houses worldwide. The Gilda is sung by American soprano Lisette Oropesa who is on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera New York and other major houses. Saturday, December 15. The second cast performs the final performance, December 18. Then the The Opera di Roma revives, yet again, it's immensely successful production of La Traviata, directed by Sofia Coppola, with Violetta's gowns designed by Valentino Garavanti, conducted here by Pietro Rizzo. January 12-26. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. At the Teatro Costanzi. more

At the Ballet: A Month of Tchaikovsky
The corps de ballet and soloists of the Opera di Roma present Tchaikovsky's classic Swan Lake (Lago dei Cigni), with guest starsAnna Nikulina and Semyon Chudin leading soloists of the Bolshoi Ballet (December 28, 29, 31) at the Teatro Costanzi, December 8-January 6. Then at the Teatro Italia, three performances of Tchaikovsky ballets. The Nutracker (Lo Schiaccianoci) is presented by the Kiev  Grand Classic Ballet Saturday-Sunday, December 15 -16. Swan Lake (Lago dei Cigni) is presented by Moscow State Classical Ballet. Tuesday, December 18 and Saturday, December 22. The same company presents Sleeping Beauty (La Bella Addormentata) Friday, January 4 and Sunday, January 6. more

At the Opera: Rigoletto
The Teatro dell'Opera di Roma brings out its spectacular vintage production of Puccin's ever popular opera once again, with the reconstructed sets and costumes of the 1900 debut production by Adolf Hohenstein. Directed by Alessandro Talevi, conducted by Stefano Ranzani.  The tile role is sung by Monica Zanettini who performs the role again this season with the Deutsche Oper Berlin; alternating with Csilla Boross who previously sang the role at Caracalla. Cavaradossi is sung by Stefano La Colla who sang the role in Rome in 2015 alternating with Andeka Gorrotxategui and the Barone Scarpia is Giovanni Meoni, whose long career took him to all the major Italian opera houses as well as Vienna and the Metropolitan Opera New York and Devid Cecconi (December 16).   Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Through December18. more

Christmas in Rome
This year's big tree at Piazza Venezia is sponsered by Netflix, and is said to boast some 60,000 lights. At the Vatican a 23 meter-high is up along with the traditional massive manager scene. At the Parco della Musica, a Santa's Village is set up, with ice skating, a Christmas Market, music and lights. As usual, the Galleria Alberto Sordi is aglow with a huge electric tree and other decorations. And the Via del Corso is draped with lights, this year representing snowflakes.  And the Via dei Condotti is lit with this year's theme, "A Cartoon Christmas."

Rome on Ice
It's the season for ice skating, and rinks are open throught the city, notably at the shopping malls Euroma2, Viale dell'Oceano Pacifico, 83  and in the north of Rome, Centro Commerciale Porta di Roma Via Alberto Lionello, 201. The Auditorium Parco della Musica, is bedecked for the holidays with a rink that features lovely lighting and music. And in Testaccio, the Città dell'Altra Economia at Largo Dino Frisullo is ready for the holidays, with a rink, refreshment areas, and gift shopping.

Rome's Christmas Markets
Rome hosts a wide variety of Christmas markets throughout the season, beginning the first weekend of December. Many of them benefit worthwhile charities, others are just commercial enterprises. The mothership of them all if the market that descends upon Piazza Navona, offering all kinds of small gift items and decorations, Befana dolls and rides for the kids. through January 6. In Piazza Mazzini (Prati) the traditional market offering handmade gift items and other goodies thru December 27. A favorite shop for meaningful spending is the temporary store set up each year in Rome and cities across Italy by the charity Emergncy, which uses the money to provide medical care in Afghaistan and Iraq. This excellent charity has already treated nearly a million people in the refugee camps of Iraqi Kurdistan and in the Sulaimaniya. More than 600 Italian companies donate items to be sold, includig diaries and calendars, accessories and clothing, books and toys, gadgets and stationery, and some very original items, such as jewels made from the aluminum of anti-personnel mines. You can also make up a personalized Christmas baskets with food and wine products. IN the historic centry at via IV Novembre 137/b through December 23. more  On the other side of the city, in the Piazza Primoli of the Talenti district, a tent will be up through December 23, 10 am - 8 pm, sheltering the exhibitors of the Talenti Natalizi, housing a Christmas mini-village with 50 exhibitors, including  an area dedicated to shopping, as well as a "Secret Garden," decorations, desserts, typical dishes and crafts, with sofas and comfortable seats for'relaxation  For the kids, sreet artists and circus acts, magic shows, giant soap bubbles, face painting, balloons and games. At the Piazza di Cinecittà, thru December24, more than 40 artisans offer colorful textiles, papier-mâché, ceramics, soaps, metals, candles, carved wood and pastries. The annual market at Piazza di Re di Roma, thru December 24, hosts 20 stalls selling toys, candy, decorations and gifts, with strolling minstrels and other entertainemnts. The Christmas market at the Auditorium in Rome is worth a visit with fair trade products including areas dedicated to charity sale, antiques and tastings of typical products. During the market hours food and other things are collected for the poor in Rome open noon-8 pm, through January 6.

Rome's New Year's Extravaganza
Boasting 24 hours of festivities, more than 100 performances and 1000 artists from 46 countries and 5 continents,  taking place on ​​70,000 square meters, between Piazza dell'Emporio, Giardino degli Aranci, Circus Maximus, via Petroselli, Lungotevere Aventino, Lungotevere dei Pierleoni and the Tiber Island. A pedestrian area will host performances, installations, music and projections on the theme of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The show starts at the Circus Maximus at 9 pm with the Little Orchestra of Tor Pignattara, 20 boys under 18 whose parents come from 14 different countries. At 10.15 pm the ensemble led by Vinicio Capossela performs a concert titled "Defense of the Moon." Kitonb, will present Carillon, Il volo del tempo, urban theater with gigantic flying machines maneuvered by hydraulic cranes, dancers and acrobats After the midnight toast, Acea, will set off a fireworks display, followed by a dj set and live music by rapper Achille Lauro, The party will continue until 3 am, when the dawn of the new year will be celebrated at the Giardino degli Aranci to the sound of 100 electric guitars. In the afternoon of New Year's Day, along the river from the Piazza dell'Emporio to the Lungotevere dei Pierleoni, blue lasers will create air vaults under which inflatable giants of all shapes and sizes will parade, making thestreet a single red illuminated carpet, with marching bands from every continent, fire drums, fireworks, and moon images projected on the buildings. Happy New Year!

Flamenco Festival
At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Petrassi, a festival of Spanish dance. The award-winning dancer/choreographer Emilio Ochando and his Compañia Sirocco presens a contemporary interpretation of classic flamenco. Thursday,   January 10. Mayte Martín the leading flamenco singer, guitarist and composer is joined by dancer Belén Maya and guitarist Alejandro Hurtado and percussionist Chico Gargas. Friday, January 11. Antonia Jiménez, guitarist and singer with flamenco singer Naike Ponce and percussionist Nasrine Rahmani, Saurday, January 12. And El Yiyo is with a company of flamenco dancers accompanied by singers, guitar, percussion and violin. Sunday, January 13. The festival continues through January 20.

A series of exhibitions centered around the concept of the Street, including  a 70-meter path with ten façades of full scale houses designed by the leading architects of hte 20th century is at Maxxi. A retrospective dedicated to Giacomo Balla, founder of Futurism is at the Museo Carlo Bilotti in the Borghese Gardens. And at the same museum, L’acqua di Talete, works by Spanish arstist José Molina. Velina. Il tratto Russo, the first exhibition in Rome to feature works from the prestigious Galleria Statale Tretyakove is at the Vatican Museums. Mimmo Rotella Manifesto, a centennial retrospective of one of the most important figures of post WWII European art is at the Galleria Nazionale. Picasso La Scultura is at the Galleria Borghese.
A retrospective of the life and career of Marcello Mastroianni is at the Museo Ara Pacis. Andy Warhol, an exhibition honouring the nintieth year since the birth of one of the most acclaimed artists of our time is at the Complesso Vitttoriana. Also at the Vittoriana: Pollock and the New York School. Works by the artists who shaped American art after WWII: Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and many others, on loan from the Whitney Museum. And Julien Friedler – Behind the world, 20 works by the Belgian artist, founder of the Be Art movement. Ovidio, a bimillennial celebration of the culture and society of Rome during the first age of Imperial Rome at the Scuderie Del Quirinale, Dream: L’arte incontra I sogni, a group show featuring the works by international artists including Giovanni Anselmo, Anselm Kiefer, Tasuo Miyajima, Doris Salcedo, Ettore Spalletti, James Turrell, Bill Viola and others is at the Chiostro Bramante. Je suis l’autre an exhibition dedicated to Primitist style practiced in the 20th century., 80 masterful works by Giacometti, Picasso and other artists, along with masterpieces of ethnic and pre-columbian artworks is at the Terme di Diocleziano. Pixar. 30 anni di animazione, opens at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, October 8. OVIDIO: Amore, miti e altre storie, presenting the culture and society of Rome during the first age of Imperial Rome is at the Scuderie Del Quirinale Le Violon d’Ingrès centered around the figure of Victor Hugo with a selection of his drawings, the exhibition presents the passions and the obsessions of Guillaume Apollinaire, Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett, Sergueï Mikhailovich Eisenstein, Federico Fellini, Jean Genet, Franz Kafka, Pierre Klossowski, Carlo Levi, Nelson Mandela, Louise Michel, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Arnold Schönberg, and contemporary artists Etel Adnan, Chantal Akerman, Chris Kraus, Pierre Guyotat, Abbas Kiarostami, David Lynch, Patti Smith and Robert Wilson, opens at the Accademia di Francia, Palazzo Medici November 1.

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