The Best in Rome
Week of Friday, June 14 - Thursday, June 20, 2013
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Gay Pride Parade Today! Saturday, June 15 from 4:30 pm. from Piazza della Repubblica, through the center to the Colosseum down the Fori Imperiali and ending at the Piazza Madonna di Loreto.
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Dudamel Conducts the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia
At 34 years of age, Gustavo Dudamel, is still a "wunderkind," a young, wildly enthusiastic conductor who has become a superstar. He has been the musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the past three years, and continues to direct the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in his native Venezuela. His a product of El Sistema, the system of introducing poor children to classical music,which became world-famous when he emerged at age 24, the youngest contestant to ever win the prestivious Mahler Conducting Competition. Now Rome will get a taste of his legendary exhuberance, as he leads the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in a program of audience favorites: Wagner's Siegried Idyll, a Haydn symphony and the Schubert Symphony n. 3. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Saturday, June 15; Monday, June 17; Tuesday, June 18. more
Dido and Aeneas at the Baths of Caracalla
The season at the Baths of Caracalla starts out small, with a chamber opera performed not on the great stage, but in the area of the ancient palestra, a fitting backdrop for the classic tale of Dido and Aeneas. Purcell's chamber opera is directed by Italian film actress Chiara Muti, in a lushly atmospheric production this weekend, through Sunday, June 16.
Donizetti's Don Pasquale
The comic bel canto masterpiece is presented at the Teatro dell'Opera this week, in a new production directed by Ruggero Cappuccio, conducted by the estimable Bruno Campanello, and with a cast of young singers who have already established themselves in Italy's major regional theaters. June 18-23.more
At the Villa Ada Laghetto: Rome Meets the World
In the beautiful park at the Villa Ada, on the banks of its lake, summer evenings come alive to the sounds of an international music festival, "Roma Incontro il Mondo," now in it's 20th edition, with a new eco-friendly installation, designed by architect Michelangelo Pistoletto. This week, the
opening program includes guitar virtuoso Steve Vai and the Evolution Orchestra (Sunday, June 16), and bassa novo singer Rosalia de Souza with her quintet Friday, June 21. Enter through the gate at Ponte Salario. Food stalls surround the area or bring a picnic.
June 15- July 30. more
Rome's Star-Studded Literary Festival
One of the loveliest events of the summer, the Festival delle Letterature is held in the enchanting setting of the Basilica di Massenzio, featuring both Italian and international authors. This year's theme,"I Have a Dream . . . stories of dreams that have come true"
is the subject of a work written by each of the authors and read, along with exceprts from published works. Of special interest to English speakers, Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth and NW, appears Tuesday, July 2.
Theater in English: Jake's Women
The Rome Savoyards have been entertaining the English-speaking expatriate community for more than a quarter of a centry. This weekend, they bring their latest production, Neil Simon's comedy Jake's Women, to the Teatro San Genesi in Prati. Through Sunday, June 16 more
Tents along the Tiber
This weekend, "Lungo er Tevere," the annual summer festival on the banks of the Tiber officially opens. It's the most popular of all the Estate Romana summer festival events, partly because it's free, and partly because it's so varied. There are lots of stalls selling all kinds of unnecessary but tempting items, restaurants, gelaterie, bars, cocktail lounges, dance floors. On the Tiberina island, there's an open air movie theater. We like to go down to the river in the early evening for a drink, maybe dinner and browse around. Later, it becomes either wildly festive or oppressively crowded depending on your point of view.
From 7 pm, nightly, Saturday, June 15 -September 1. more
Harleys at the Vatican
In one of the strangest religious events in the world, 100,000 Harley Davidson motorcycles are expected to descend on Rome this weekend, and to invade Saint Peter's Square to receive the Pope's Sunday morning blessing. I'm not making this up.
It's part of a celebration of the brand's 110th anniversary, taking place on six continents. There will also be a parade through the historic center, and a bike show at the Foro Italico, and at the port of Ostia, a "Harley Village" and a concert with headliners Adam Ant and Bonnie Tyler. more
Rome's Hot Summer Tickets
Summer in Rome means outdoor concerts with major headliners at the Rock 'n' Roma festival held in South Rome, the Ippodromo delle Capannelle www.rockinroma.com, at the Cavea Parco della Musica www.auditorium.com, at the Foro Italico centralelive.it and the Stadio Olimpico www.stadiodi.it.
They sell out fast, so buy your tickets now. www.greenticket.it or www.viagogo.it
Tickets for the Cavea www.listicket.it
Eros Ramazzoti,Stadio Olimpico, Friday, June 21 Burt Bacharach, Cavea, Sunday, June 230. Jovanotti, Stadio Olimpico, Friday, June 28Antony and the Johnsons, Cavea, Monday, July 1. Iggy and the Stooges, Rock 'n' Roma, Thursday, July 4 Muse, Stadio Olimpico, Saturday, July 6 Leonard Cohen, Foro Italico, Friday, July 7 Diana Krall, Cavea, Sunday, July 7
Sting, Foro Italico, Tuesday, July 9 Bruce Springsteen, Rock 'n' Roma, July 11 Smashing Pumpkins, Rock 'n' Roma, Sunday, July 14 Crosby, Stills and Nash,
Cavea, Friday, July 19 Depeche Mode, Stadio Olimpico, Saturday, July 20. Deep Purple, Rock 'n' Roma, Monday, July 22 George Benson, Foro Italico, Monday, July 22 Zucchero: Cuban Tour, Rock 'n' Roma, Wednesday, July 24 Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Rock 'n' Roma, Friday, July 26
Roger Waters: The Wall, Stadio Olimpico, Sunday, July 28
In the Museums
At the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderno, a retropsective of work by influential 20th century Italian artist Emilio Isgrò. At the Museo Carlo Bilotti, work by contemporary landscape artist Franco Mulas. At the Capitoline museus, Archimedes. Art and the Invention of Science. At the Foro Romano, 17 site-specific installations, Post Classici, the Revival of Antiquity in Contemporary Art. At the Museo Ara Pacis, Genesis, photos by Sebastiano Salgado. At the Museo Ebraico, three epic canvases by Larry Rivers "Survivor. Primo Levi." At the Parco della Musica, great photographs from the archives of Life Magazine. At the Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi, English landscape artists in Rome: 18th and 19th centuries. An exhibition dedicated to the great American artist Louise Nevelson is at the Palazzo Sciarra.At the At the Complesso Vittoriano, Cubisti Cubismo, a major survey. At the Scuderia Quirinale, a major exhibition of the works of Renaissance artist Tiziano (Titian) closes this Sunday, June 16. At the Palazzo delle Espozioni, works of the iconic photographer Helmut Newton, and an exhinition of contemporary New York Art, Empire State. At MACRO, Works by multimedia aritst, Sam Durant, and Vasco Bendini 1966 – 1967 works by one of the foremost pioneers of the Italian Informale movement. Da Orvieto a Bolsena: un percorso tra Etruschi e Romani, an important new exhibition of archeolgoical finds, is at the Museo Nazionale Etrusco. At the MAXXI ,the first extensive international retrospective of Francesco Vezzoli and a the same museum, iAlighiero Boetti a Roma, works by one of the most influential Italian artists of the twentieth century, also Fiona Tan's video instilation and works by the influential photogrpaher Luigi Ghirri. The works of Peter Brugel are at the Chiostro Bramante, extended through July 7.
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