The Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma Announces Starry 2017-18 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Rome Opera has announced its 2017-18 season showcasing a number of new productions.

New Productions

The season opens on Dec. 6, 2017, with Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust.” Conducted by Daniele Gatti, the opera will get a new production by Damiano Michieletto, who recently directed a highly acclaimed “Il viaggio a Reims” for the company. The opera will star Pavel Černoh, Alex Esposito, Veronica Simeoni and Goran Jurić.

On Jan. 21, 2018, Verdi’s “I Masnadieri” returns to the house for the first time since 1972. Roberto Abbado conducts a starry cast that includes Riccardo Zanellato, Stefano Secco, Artur Ruciński and Roberta Mantegna. Massimo Popolizio directs the new production which marks his house and opera debut.

On Feb. 6, 2018, Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” returns with Speranza Scappucci at the podium. Giorgio Barberio Corsetti directs a new production starring Jessica Pratt and Jessica Nuccio alternating the title role. Riccardo Zanellato and Dario Russo will alternate the role of the Count while Juan Francisco Gatell sings Elvino.

The double bill “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” opens on April 5, 2018, with Carlo Rizzi conducting. Pippo Delbono directs the new production which marks his Rome Opera debut. “Cavalleria  Rusticana” will star Anita Rachvelishvili, Martina Belli, Alfred Kim and George Gagnidze. Meanwhile, “Pagliacci” will star Fabio Sartori and Diego Cavazzin alternating the role of Canio, Carmela Remigio, and George Gagnidze.

Deborah Warner’s acclaimed production of Britten’s “Billy Budd” arrives in Rome with James Conlon conducting. Opening on May 5, 2018,  the opera will star Jacques Imbrailo in the title role, Toby Spence as Vere and John Relyea as the villainous Claggart.

Àlex Ollé directs a new production of Puccini’s “La bohème” opening on June 11, 2018, with Anita Hartig, Victoria Yeo and Roberta Mantegna alternating the title role. Giorgio Berrugi and Ivan Ayon-Rivas sing Rodolfo while Olga Kukchynska and Valentina Naforniţă alternate Musetta. Henrik Nánási and Pietro Rizzo take turns at the podium.

Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade direct a new production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” with Henrik Nánási. Opening Oct. 8, 2018 Amanda Forsythe and Kiandra Howarth alternate as Pamina while Ben Bliss and Giulio Pelligra take turns as Tamino. Christina Poulitsti and Olga Pudova bring their signature Queen of The Nights to the stage.

Graham Vick brings a new production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” on Nov. 10, 2018, to conclude the season.


There will be two revivals during the 2018 season. The first will be Verdi’s “La Traviata” opening Feb. 5, 2018. Maria Grazia Schiavo stars alongside Antonio Poli and Stefano Antonucci.

Meanwhile, Puccini’s “Tosca” returns on April 5, 2018, with Monica Zanettin and Virginia Tola alternating the title role. Stefano La Colla, Andeka Gorrotxategi, and Diego Cavazzin alternate the role of Cavaradossi with Fabián Veloz as Scarpia.

Tours and concerts

During the season many concerts will take place including one on Dec. 22, 2017, which will showcase Poulenc’s “La Voix Humaine” with Anna Caterina Antonacci.

The company will also tour and bring Franco Zeffirelli’s “Pagliacci” to Oman. From March 15 to 17, 2018 José Cura, Davinia Rodriguez and Marco Vratogna will star.

On Sept. 9 to 22, 2018, the company will bring Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” to Tokyo. Francesca Dotto, Antonio Poli, Leo Nucci and Anna Malavasi star in “La traviata” while Kristine Opolais, Gregory Kunde and Maurizio Muraro star in “Manon Lescaut.”