St. Andrew's Church of Scotland
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Featuring classics of Italian Opera and Romantic Piano music, the concert "Christmas Opera Concer" will take you on a musical journey you will treasure. After the concert you can enjoy an aperitivo with the artists and get to know the people behind the music.

The "Christmas Opera Concert" concert covers a wide array of well-known classics, in an intimate hall in which the musicians are just feet from the audience. Arias and duets from opera greats like Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini will sound between the hall walls. Exciting pieces for solo piano by masters of the instrument like Chopin and Liszt will be interpreted between the marvellous vocal performances. Apart from the well-known classical numbers and the most beautiful traditional Christmas songs, Neapolitan songs by genre leaders such as "Funiculì funiculà", "Torna a Surriento" or "Core 'ngrato", will round off the programme and give you an exquisite taste of Italian musical greatness.

Internationally-acclaimed musicians will guide your experience of the music with commentary and anecdotes in English

Immediately after the impressive concert, you will have the opportunity to meet the artists drinking Prosecco in the pleasant setting of an aperitivo, a small reception to round off your evening in a quintessentially Italian way.

The Rome Opera Concerts free Christmas Aperitivo is very simple: some traditional and typical Italian Christmas sweets, such as Panettone and Pandoro, and some good sparkling wine (Spumante or Prosecco). The secret ingredient is friendship: to put sincere enthusiasm in making music and meeting the audience.

The concert will be held at the St. Andrew's Church of Scotland, close to the Quirinale Palace, and the famous Via delle Quattro Fontane.

The concert begins at 7:30 PM and ends around 9.00 PM without interval.

Artists include Alessandro Fantini, Giovanni Velluti and Federica Gibilisco or Monica Cucca.

Alessandro Fantini
Active for over twenty years, the Italian tenor Alessandro Fantini has performed, during his career, on numerous Italian and foreign stages (including some very prestigious such as the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Opéra-Comique in Paris) in many leading roles of the great opera repertoire such as Alfredo (La traviata), Andrea Chénier, Calaf (Turandot), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Don José (Carmen), Ismaele (Nabucco), Macduff (Macbeth), Manrico (Il Trovatore), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Pollione (Norma), Radamès (Aida), Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana ).
His concert activity is intense (over one hundred and twenty operatic recitals in the three years preceding the 2020 pandemic), which led him to perform, among other places, at the Parco della Musica in Rome (Sala Sinopoli), at Astana Opera and at Karaganda Opera (Kazakhstan).
Over the years Alessandro has had the opportunity to collaborate with internationally renowned directors, directors and singers, including: Evelyne Aïello, Arman Azemoon, Walter Attanasi, Norbert Balatsch, Massimo de Bernart, Stefania Bonfadelli, Maria Luigia Borsi, Micaela Carosi, Alessandro Corbelli, Francesco Ellero d'Artegna, Claudio Desderi, Nicola Luisotti, Alberto Meoli, Paolo Miccichè, Stuart Maunder, Bruno Rigacci, Massimo Scapin.
The numerous opera recitals held all over the world together with the pianist Giovanni Velluti has transformed, over the years, into a real artistic partnership that resulted in the founding of RomeOperaConcerts.

Giovanni Velluti
The Italian pianist Giovanni Velluti has forged a distinguished international career as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. He has enjoyed a particularly important close association with Katia Ricciarelli, whom he has partnered since 1994 in many tours and television broadcasts throughout Europe, America, Africa and the Middle East, and in many television broadcastings.
Other leading singers with whom he has worked regularly are Andrea Bocelli, Gianfranco Cecchele, Manuela Custer, Daniela Dessì, Kristian Johansson, Daniela Barcellona, Carlo Lepore, Giacomo Prestia, Enrico Salvadori, Gianluca Terranova.
Giovanni was decisively influenced by his encounter with the teacher Rodolpho Caporali, a direct pianistic descendant of Chopin and Thalberg. He has performed as a soloist in the most important Italian concert halls and in more than 30 foreign countries.
The numerous opera recitals held all over the world together with the tenor Alessandro Fantini has transformed, over the years, into a real artistic partnership that resulted in the founding of RomeOperaConcerts.

Federica Gibilisco
Born in Rome, she studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory and then with Renato Bruson at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and with Mirella Freni in Modena.
She has performed as the leads in Verdi's "La traviata", Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore", Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro" and "Die Zauberfloete", Puccini's "La bohème", both in Italy and abroad.
Recently Federica has also taken part in several important gala concerts, such as the one for UNICEF, in Siracusa and the one for Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Basilica, in Rome.

MONICA CUCCA (soprano)
Samantha Sapienza
In 2005 she graduates in lyrical singing at the Conservatory  "Ottorino Respighi" in Latina, standing out as the best graduated of the same year.
She teaches both lyrical and light singing in several schools.
From 2006 to 2018 she performes in several concerts, singings arias by Verdi, Puccini, Catalani, Rossini, Schubert, Schumann, Faure, Rachmaninov, Strauss, Vlasov and others.
From 2008 to 2018 she plays several roles: Second Lady (The Magic Flute), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Lola and Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Giorgetta (The cloak), Odabella (Attila), Mercedes and Carmen (Carmen), Aida, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Leonora (Il trovatore), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Tosca.

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Cancellation policy
Policy type: All sales final. Travelers will not receive any refund regardless of cancellation status. However, complying to the Covid-19 provisions of law, in case of lockdown from foreign countries the tickets will be refunded.


St. Andrew's Church of Scotland (View)
Via Venti Settembre 7
Rome 00187


Arts > Opera
Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Classical
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
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