|arriving through the artists' entrance|
|the chorus waiting for their cue|
The opera staged in the Baths of Caracalla is a highlight of a summer vacation in Rome. For those who live here and have friends who work in the field, it can mean a very special night out.
|few people were invited|
|Director Pizzi with his entourage|
|props and shadows at the opera|
This we discovered when Aurelio, a member of the chorus of the Rome Opera, organized a special visit behind the scenes at the Baths of Caracalla.
|Act II scenery|
We were able to assist at the prova generale of Puccini’s Tosca which is being held there this week.
|singers Aurelio Cicero Santalena with Raffaella Angeletti|
Raffaella Angeletti, who plays Tosca and Antonello Ceron (Spoletta) sat down with us at the outdoor café reserved for artists and personnel before retiring to their dressing rooms for make up and costumes.
Then, just like Conductor Renato Palumbo and his family, we explored parts of the huge archeological complex to admire the mosaics that still decorate parts of the baths where Roman citizens cavorted between 216 and 530 AD.
|admiring the mosaics of the Baths|
|intact mosaics Baths of Caracalla|
|conductor Palumbo shows his family around|
Pier Luigi Pizzi ‘s new version of Tosca by will be a surprise for public and critics for it features Scarpia and the sbirri dressed in Fascist uniforms.
|Aurelio, Susanna, Antonello Ceron and MJ|
Don’t wait for 50 years to enjoy an evening at the Baths of Caracalla where you can combine great opera music with a sublime archeological setting.