Opera was born in Italy during the 17th century and has grown to be among the most famous classical music ever composed. This November, Florence hosts the very best of Italian opera at several venues, each offering a unique experience.
A chorus at The Church of Santa Monaca is performing a program of Italian compositions by Mozart and native composers Giacomo Puccini, Gioacchino Rossini and Guiseppe Verdi four nights a week from the 2nd November, taking guests on a journey through classical music in an intimate hall neighboring Florence’s social nightlife hot-spot, Santo Spirito.
Likewise, St. Marks Anglican Church brings composition masterpieces to life by showcasing performances of Madam Butterfly, La Boheme, La Traviata, Don Giovanni and Tosca every week at 8:30pm. Those new to the theatre are encouraged to attend the 19th century church to experience the historic art form and celebrate a Florentine tradition among other new comers and opera lovers both.
For more devoted theatre enthusiasts seeking to embrace acting, singing, scenery and costumes in true Florentine style, the Auditorium Al’ Duomo invites guests to experience an evening of dinner and opera, taking you to Lorenzo de Medici for a Tuscan dinner at 7pm followed by a show of Verdi’s La Traviata performed by Florence’s La Lirica di Firenze at 9pm. Alternatively, show-goers have the choice to dine for a comprehensive wine tasting before the show at the Terrazza Panoramica Laurus, sipping the best of Tuscany’s harvest and tasting a gastronomical board of cheese, Italian cured and raw sausage, and bruschetta.
Tickets to the opera include both pre-show dinner or wine selections and can be purchased at classictic.com where performance times, prices and tickets to all three venues can be found.