Home to Rome’s primary opera company, this theater opened in 1880 and has seen some of the world’s most celebrated productions and singers. Maria Callas famously caused a stir on opening night in 1958 by abandoning the stage mid-show and insulting the president of Italy, who was in the audience. Turns out she was pretty sick, so he gave her a pass. Today, you can catch beautiful productions of many famous operas. In 2016, celebrities and fashion’s elite flocked to the theater to see Sofia Coppola’s version of La Traviata with costumes by Valentino. During the summer season, the company stages outdoor productions at the Baths of Caracalla. If you like your opera with a backdrop of ancient ruins, don’t miss it.
Piazza Beniamino Gigli 1