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THE BEST IN ROME
April 21 - May 4, 2017

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Holidays: In Rome, Tuesday, April 25 celebrates the liberation of the city at the end of World War II. Schools will be closed both Monday and Tuesday. And May 1 is Italy's labor day, a national holiday, which conviently falls on a Monday this year.

At the Symphony
The Bulgarian maestro Juraj Valcuha, who is the principal conductor at San Carlo Naples,leads the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Celia, with his countryman Evgeni Bozhanov piano soloist, in a program including the little known "Elegiac Song" of Beethoven, the Beethoven piano concerto n. 3 and the Bartòk Concerto for Orchestra, Friday -Saturday, April 21-22. All concerts at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia.  Then music director Antonio Pappano retakes the podium with the extraordinary Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, who won the 2002 Aspen Music Festival's concerto competition, and four year later,made her New York Philharmonic debut at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. Wang's breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich in concerts held in Boston, performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Charles Dutoit conducting.  She'll perform the concerto with the Orchcestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia in a program that also includes two Respighi tone poems (the Pines of Rome and the Fountains of Rome), as well as the world premiere of Caprice Romain by Swiss composer Richard Richard Dubugnon, Concerts at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Sala Santa Cecilia.    
The Orchestra of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, conducted by Australian Daniel Smith, performs the Prokfiev violin concerto number 1, with soloist Vincenzo Bolognese, and the incidental music to Goethe's Egmont", a lesser known work, which includes the popular overture. The narrator will be much-loved actor Toni Servillo, with soprano Angela Nisi. At the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma,  Thursday, May 4. more

Chamber Music
At the Aula Magna, Università la Sapienza: Renowned British tenor Ian Bostridge, performs William Walton's Façade, an Entertainment, to poems by Edith Sitwell, with the Roma Sinfonietta and soprano Sophie Daneman,  Saturday, April 22. more

Concert for the First of May
A free marathon concert held each year at the Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, with a long string of Italian headliners interrupted by speeches from the unions that sponser the event. There will be beer and food booths, along with a plethora of porta-a-potties. But the Italians are too civilized to neglect a dinner break, so the concert will run Monday, May 1, 3-6:55 pm, and 8 pm -midnight. Expect street closings, deviated bus routes, and the San Giovanni subway exit will be closed for a good part of the afternoon and evening. The final line-up is always announced last minute, but the following groups are already confirmed: Editors, Bombino, Ex Otago, Le Luci della Centrale Elettrica, Samuel, Planet Funk, Brunori Sas, Ermal Meta, Edoardo Bennato, Francesco Gabbani, Ara Malikian.Crowds are always intense, but you can watch it on television (RAI 3) if you are faint of heart. www.primomaggio.net

At the Opera: Andrea Chenier
The opera by Umberto Giordano with with a libretto by Puccini collaborator Luigi Illica, was a great success when it debuted at Teatro alla Scala in 1896 and for several decades thereafter: But despite a stirring historical story set against the backdrop of the French revolution, and several stand-out arias, it has rarely been performed in recent years. Here it is given a new co-production with the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, directed by Marco Bellocchio with sets and lighting by Gianni Carluccio and costumes by Daria Calvelli.  Performed in the original Italian with English and Italian supertitles. Notable among the stellar cast, American tenor Gregory Kunde in the title role, performs at the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Royal Opera Covent Garden. The Maddalena, Uruguayan soprano Maria José Siri was a protégée of the great Ileana Cotrubas. She performs at Teatro alla Scala Milan and the Staatsoper Vienna. In the role of Carlo Gérard, Italian baritone Frontalli performs at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Teatro alla Scala Milan, the Royal Opera Covent Garden. Viennese mezzo-soprano Natascha Petrinsky, who sings the role of Bersi, performs at Teatro alla Scala Milan, and other major houses.
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, April 21-May 2 more

Festival of Dance
An annual event, sponsered by the Filharmonica Romana, takes place this month at the Teatro Olimpico, with performances by some of Italy's most important companies. Balletto del Sud. foinded in Lecce in 1995, presents Romeo e Giulietto, the ballet in two acts, based on Shakespeare to music by Prokofiev. The choreography in this case, is by the company director Fredy Franzutti, Friday, April 21. Mvula Singali of the Physical Dance Company presents Caruso, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the recording of Lucio Dalla's now iconic song, created for the dancer Emanuela Bianchini, with live music by Unavantaluna, Wednesday - Thursday, April 26-27. And Again this year, .Aterballetto ,ounded in Reggio-Emilia in 1979, closes the festival. presenting . Words and Space a new work by choreographer Jirí Pokorny to baroque music. and .choreographer Johan Inger's Bliss, to music by Keith Jarrett.  more

Azaleas on the Spanish Steps
For the first time in two years, the annual flood of azaleas, absent during the reconstruction of the Spanish Steps, are back again. It's a breathtaking sight, pink, red and purple blooms covering the staircase and landings, and it lasts only a couple of weeks or so. Don't miss it.


IN THE MUSEUMS
Jean-Michel Basquiat – New York City, honoring, one of the foremost figures in contemporary art, is at the Chiostro Bramante. Lucilla Catania – InMateriale Works in stone and marble by the Roman-born sculptor, are at the Museo Carlo Bilotti. Spartaco. Schiavi e padroni a Roma an exhibition revealing the complex world of ancient Roman slaves, starting with the last major slave revolt led by Spartacus is at the Museo Ara Pacis. Dario Fo e Franca Rame: Il mestiere del narratore celebrating the life and work of the activists, actors and playwrights is at the Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Antica – Palazzo Barberini. Vivian Maier. Una fotografa ritrovata is at the Museo di Roma Trastevere, and at the same museum, China: rivoluzione – evoluzione. Manifesti della Propaganda (1949 -1983), an ample selection of propaganda posters and paintings. Georg Basellitz. Gli Eroi, works by the celebrated 20th century artist are at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni. Giovanni Boldini, a retropsective of 200 works by the portrait and genre painter of the Belle Epoque are at the Complesso del Vittoriano. Artemesia Gentileschi e il suo tempo, Tracing the artistic path of one of the foremost influential female painters in history, is at the Palazzo Braschi.
At Maxxi: Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani – Freedom of Movement an exhibition of video art, photography, installation and performance. Letizia Battaglia, Just For Passion, a retrospective show featuring over two-hundred photographs, contact sheets and vintage prints from the personal archive of the celebrated photographer. Please Come Back. The World as a Prison? More than 50 works by 26 artitsts present prison as a metaphor for our technological, hyper-connected, shared and increasingly controlled societies


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