Tonight, at 7 pm (19.00 CET), the Rome Opera House will stream a concert conducted by Michele Mariotti on its YouTube channel free of charge.
The programme includes the “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” from Orpheus and Eurydice by Christoph Willibald Gluck, Symphony No. 25 in G minor by the 17-year-old Mozart (the first movement became widely known after it was used as the opening music for the Miloš Forman film, Amadeus), and Richard Strauss's Divertimento for Chamber Orchestra after Keyboard Pieces by Couperin.
As well as on the theatre's YouTube channel, the concert will also be broadcast on ANFOLS web TV.
Anyone wishing to contribute with a ‘virtual ticket' can make a donation to the Foundation. The fundraising campaign “I love Roma Opera aperta”, launched in April 2020, has been resumed and opera and ballet lovers can support the Rome Opera in overcoming this difficult moment. Many full-length operas and ballets are available on its YouTube channel. A donation can be made directly on the theatre's official website.
Last week's concert, conducted by Daniele Gatti is still available, and Gatti will conduct the next concert on 18 December.
Top photo: Mariotti Michele © studio Amati Bacciardi
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