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Week of Friday, June 24 - Thursday, June 30, 2016

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                                   Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte  
This week at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, the Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia di Santa Ceclia present a concert version of Mozart's beloved comic opera, Cosi Fan Tutte, which is usually liberally translated as "Women Are Like That." The improbable plot involves a pair of lovers who wager that they can get their respected fiancées to be unfaithful by switching off and disguising themselves as mysterious foreigners. But the music is glorious. In Rome, the international cast includes two young American artists on the brink of major careers (Corinne Winters and Angela Brower), the more established tenor Sicilian Paolo Fanale (Vienna State Opera, Salzburg Festival), one of the world's leading baritones, Austrian Markus Werba (La Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayersiche Staatsoper, Los Angeles Opera, Metropolitan Opera New York), and the Spanish soprano, Sabina Puértolas, who made her debut this season with the Royal Opera Covent Garden. On the podium, the Russian Maestro Seymyon Bychkov, who currently holds the Klemperer Chair of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Günter Wand Conducting Chair with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Monday, June 27. more

Robert McDuffie: Rome Chamber Music Festival
A highlight of every summer season, the festival is presented by the noted American violinist Robert McDuffie, who each year brings outstanding students from his String Institute at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, to Rome, along with mentors who both coach them and join them onstage in a series of concerts held in the magnificent frescoed Sala Pietro de Cortona in the Palazzo Barberini. It's a generous act by the Grammy-nominated violinist, who performs regularly with the world’s foremost orchestras, as well as pop musicians such as Gregg Allman and Chuck Leavell and played Bach for Memphis Jook dancer Li’l Buck. Philip Glass dedicated his Second Violin Concerto, “The American Four Seasons,” to McDuffie. Mike Mills of the iconic band R.E.M. has composed a concerto for violin and rock band for him, which will be performed in Rome at the closing concert. The festival runs June 26-30. more

Vasco Rossi: Sono Innocente
The Italian singer-songwriter has published 26 albums and has written more than 250 songs, as well as lyrics for other artists. A wildly popular artist, on tour with his latest release, Sono Innocente, he is held over for additional concerts after selling out last week. At the Stadio Olimpico, Sunday-Monday, June 26-27. more

Luglio Suono Buono: Rafael Amergo & Twyla Tharp
This week at the festival held in the amphitheater of the Parco della Musica, the Cavea, two important dance events: Flamenco aficionados will not want to miss Rafael Amergo and his company in their production Tiempo Muerto, with music by Juan Parrilla performe by singers Matie Maya, Carmina Cortés and Pedro Obregón. Amargo, a native of Granada, was also a student of the Martha Graham school, so his work is an exciting fusion. Saturday June 25.  Then the Twyla Tharp Dance company presents three works from their repertoire:   Country Dances  (1976), to American folk music with costumes by Santo Loquasto; Brahms Paganini (1980) to music by Johannes Brahms with costumes by Ralph Lauren; and Beethoven Opus 130 (Rome premier) to music by Ludwig van Beethoven with costumes by Norma Kamali. Twyla Tharp is one of the world's leading choreographers. She is credited with originating the genre of "crossover ballet" with works such as "Push Comes to Shove," which she created for Mikhail Baryshnikov. Her company merged with the American Ballet Theater in 1988.  more

Mela: Rome's Festival of Indian Music
The festival continues in the gardens of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana with a performance by the Ganges Riverbank Trio, led by one of India's greatest classical musicians, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, who won a Grammy award for his 1993 album Meeting by the River, produced by Ry Cooder. Tuesday, June 28. The concert also innaugrates the Frammenti festival, uniting musicians from all over the world. more

At the Opera: Linda di Chamounix & La Traviata
Two operas are presented in repertoire this month, another innovation from the new management of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Opening this week, Donizetti's bel canto Linda di Chamounix, a co-production with the Gran Teatre del Liceu di Barcellona. In the title role, who Jessica Pratt makes her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York this year, and as her paramour, Spanish tenor Ismael Jordi, who performs with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and other major European houses. June 24, 26, 28. At the same time, the production of Verdi's La Traviata spearheaded by haute couture designer Valentino Garavani (who designed the four gowns worn by Violetta) and directed by Sofia Coppola, which sold-out in its first run last month returns for three additional performances. June 25, 30. more

At Caracalla: Nureyev Tribute
The summer festival at the Baths of Caracalla opens this week with Serata Nureyev, choreography by the late legendary  Russian, performed by soloists and corps de ballet of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, to music recorded by the Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. The main attraction is  guest star Friedeman Vogel, filling the ballet slippers of the great Nureyev. Vogel is principal guest dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, winner of numerous awards and something of an international superstar on stages from Beijing to London. The program includes Nureyev's choreography for Raimondo Act III, the Swan Lake Polonaise and Pas de Trois, and La Bayadère Act III.  Friday, June 24 and Sunday, June 26. more

Literary Festival in the Ruins
This year the festival, which pairs readings by authors and actors with i musical interludes, returns to the glorious ruins of the ancient Basilico di Massenzio, magically lit as the sun sets. English-language authors are notably represented on Tuesday June 28, by Andrew Sean Greer, author of the bestselling Confessions of Max Tivoli (2004) and Portrait of a Marriage (2008), which won the California Book Award, and The Many Lives of Greta Wells (2015); and on Tuesday, July 5, by William Finnegan, who has written for Mother Jones and The New Yorker, and and is known for his book Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid (2006) and, on a lighter note, Barbarian Days: A Life Surfing (2016), which won a Pulitizer Prize; on the same program, Kerry Hudson, whose debut novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma, won the Scottish First Book Award. official website

Ectasy as Sublime, Heart as Vector,
30 works by Pakistani artist Shazia Sikander is at the MAXXI. Capolavori dell’Antica porcellana cinese, masterworks of Chinese porcelain from the Son and Yuang to the Qing dyasties is at the Palazzo Venezia. Two exhibitions featuring multi-media installations by the important Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone are open at the MACRO Testaccio and the Mercato Troiano. La Misericordia nell’arte, masterpieces illustrating thHue concept of mercy, is at the Capitoline Museum. Banksy, works by the acclaimed street artist at the Palazzo Cipolle. Domon Ken, a retrospective of the master 20th century Japanese photographer at the Museo Ara Pacis. Alphonse Mucha, works by the iconic artist of the Art Nouveau are at the Complesso Vittoriana. A restrospective of work by the important 20th century photographer Mario Giacomelli is at the Palazzo Braschi. Quadriennali Capolovari Anni Trenta, a survey of the great Italian artists of the 1930s is at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna. The Correggio Experience, a multi-media event with video projections, an original musical score and even fragrances, at the Palazzo Espozioni. Correggio e Parmigianino master of the Renaissance, closes this week at the Scuderie Quirinale. I Macchiaioli., masters of the pivotal late 19th century movement, is at the Chiostro Bramante. 

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