Ancient Roman racetrack will host opera’s revival | News – The Times

Centuries after the Romans cheered on their favourite charioteers at the Circus Maximus, passion and drama are set to return to the site as Rome’s opera moves in for a season of socially distanced performances.

Searching for a memorable, and huge, outdoor venue with space for spectators to spread out, the city’s officials selected the ancient racetrack to relaunch opera and ballet as Italy emerges from lockdown. “We are moving from the nightmare of coronavirus to the dream of staging operas for the first time at the Circus Maximus, a place which once hosted the biggest shows on Earth,” said Carlo Fuortes, the head of the opera house in Rome.

Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto and the ballet of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons will be performed next