ROME Opera stages RIGOLETTO in Circus Maximus; Greek tragedies in Athens in Covid-19 (2020).

ROME OPERA stages spectacular RIGOLETTO outdoors in Ancient Site. CBS This Morning broadcast an astonishing excerpt in COVOD 19.

Nero built this vast outdoor space (the size of 2 Football fields) for his thrilling and astonishing events in the first century AD. The Rome Opera used FIAT auto’s on stage as part of the  1970’s scenography  for this Rigoletto. Social distancing between the notable singers incorporated the cars and a vast movie screen behind them.

A sold out crowd of 1,500 people socially distanced in the audience as well. AMAZING triumph in Covid-19.

Speaking of Rome and Ottorino:

Respighi always strident and simpatico with Mussolini.
Not a great choice and really second tier music at best.



As one who directed the Black Jesus PASSION PLAY that made headline new from the front page of the New York Post to The Today Show, Spain, Poland and beyond, these still born photo’s of GODSPELL made me shudder.

They look like GODSPELL on life support. We must RETHINK what Theatre means and not pacify it by plastic subterfuge. there are extraordinary productions of Greek tragedy live and on-line from Athens. The audience is social distanced. there was a remarkable RIGOLETTO in the Circus Maximus that used cars as part of the mise-en-scene for distance, but no masks. they are thrilling solutions as Art of theatre not subterfuge.


Bravi a tutti a Roma !!

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