Music lovers planning a trip to Rome would be smart to check out the schedule for the city’s opera house, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. The 19th century concert hall, originally called Teatro Costanzi, seats 1600 and is home to performances of Rome’s opera, ballet, and orchestra.
The austere exterior of the building gives no hint of the ornate theater inside – it’s what you’d expect from a classic opera theater, all red velvet and gold trimmings. In addition to the seats on the floor of the hall, the walls are made up of four storeys of those velvet-lined theater boxes, each with its own private entrance at the back. It’s enough to make you feel like you really ought to be wearing a period costume and powdered wig.
The box office for the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma is open from Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm, and Sunday from 9am-1:30pm. The cheapest seats are at the top of the theater, but the sound quality isn’t always as good up there – so if you can afford to get seats in a box, do it. Ticket prices vary quite a bit, from €12-17 for an upper circle seat all the way up to €150 for the best box seats on opening night. Second and third level box seats can be had for €25-50. Formal dress is requested on certain nights (opening night and special events), so inquire at the box office about whether you’ll need to don your fancy duds.
Note that in the summer, the Rome opera company often gives performances outdoors at the Roman Baths of Caracalla instead of the Teatro Costanzi.