Monday, June 23, 2008

Teatro Argentina

I’d really like to see some Italian theatre while I’m in Rome, whether it’s an opera or a simple prose play, I think the experience would be exceptional. One of Rome’s most famous theatres, Teatro Argentina was founded by the Sforza Cesarini in 1732 and has quite a rich history. Many famous operas, including Verdi’s were first performed here in 1816. Rossini’s “Barber of Saville” debuted here and the composer insulted the unreceptive audience. They then chased him, in rage through the streets of Rome. Near the theatre are the remains of four temples that are among the oldest in Rome which make this particular theatre truly fascinating.

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