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The 5 top dates in Italy, and a little extra in Monaco

Going to the theatre is an experience. The elegance of the venue, the moment when the lights go down and everyone’s attention is on the sacred, magical place that is the stage, then when the lights go back up to resounding applause. Here you will find when and where the best shows are on.

MILAN – TEATRO ALLA SCALA

  • I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Opera, from 18 January to 2 February

Vincenzo Bellini’s interpretation of the timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, conducted by Evelino Pidò and marking the debut of Adrian Noble, artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company for thirteen years.

TURIN – TEATRO REGIO

  • La Bohème, Opera, from 12 to 27 February, season opening

The storied Turin theatre opens the season with Puccini’s masterpiece, which was performed here for the first time in 1896, conducted by a then-29-year-old Arturo Toscanini.

VENICE – TEATRO LA FENICE

  • Marie Antoinette | Malandain Ballet Biarritz, Ballet, from 26 to 30 January

Another Italian premier, this time with the ballet choreographed by Thierry Malandain, who brings his Biarritz Ballet to reflect on the role and fortunes of the fascinating Marie Antoinette.

PARMA – TEATRO REGIO

  • Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Opera, from 26 to 30 April

The opera in three acts composed by Kurt Weill to a libretto by Bertolt Brecht, staged for the first time at the Teatro Regio in Parma.

FLORENCE – TEATRO DEL MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO

  • L’amico Fritz, Opera, from 1 to 12 March

Mascagni’s comic opera on stage in the Auditorium, directed by Rosetta Cucchi, with Riccardo Frizza conducting the orchestra.

MONACO – OPÉRA MONTE CARLO

  • Il turco in Italia, Opera, dal 21 al 27 gennaio

Gioachino Rossini’s opera buffa returns after more than 20 years to the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, with Cecilia Bartoli in the role of the sensual Fiorilla and the extraordinary Ildar Abdrazakov as the Turkish prince.