Teatro Flaiaio Piccola Lirica offers a fresh take on classic opera. Traditional masterpieces are reworked into a 90-minute ... More
Teatro Flaiano Piccola Lirica
Teatro Flaiaio Piccola Lirica offers a fresh take on classic opera. Traditional masterpieces are reworked into a 90-minute format and feature young and upcoming actors in a small traditional theater. By retaining the heart of the work and then adding to it with new ideas and modern technology, the audience has the opportunity to experience the best of opera.
Someone finally dared doing what was desired by many for a long time, though not being able to ask: a spectacular proposal pointed on opera, with all warranties of a qualified performance and a cultural layout, without all those obstacles that unfortunately are commonly to a normal enjoyment of the music drama.
"Piccola Lirica” at Teatro Flaiano is the young yard of the opera created to build in a popular context some of the major expressions of classical music and music drama of the most famous authors. The formula is original, brilliant, audacious for its programming choices as well as for the musical, directing and dramaturgical redefining of the scores. I have seen Madame Butterfly and Tosca: the theatre was full of people and the shows are truly beautiful. The theatre is much comfortable and charming, and the works are truly innovative and to see. (Daniel, 32 years old)
We went to see madame butterfly in this flea-pit. I had paid for 'gold' tickets...what a joke. You get a seat in the first 4 rows...well there are only about 10 rows in total!!
We left during the interval in horror as did 6 other people (there were only 12 people there!).
No orchestra, electronic keyboards only. My 6 year old put on a more impressive school play.
Do not waste your money. Rome is expensive enough without this.
All in all, a horrible experience.
On Tuesday 1st April, 2008, we had hoped to attend a performance of Tosca, in Rome.
Unfortunately we went to the production in the Teatro Flaiano.
- the 'orchestra' consists of just three keyboard players
- there is no chorus (just a suggestion of one produced electronically).
- the singers had limited range and (apart from one tenor) could only sing fff
- in the entire performance only one aria was sung lyrically - the rest were bellowed
- tuning was 'dodgy'
- the 'rework' of Puccini's score was inappropriate.
Yet this was a full price production (two middle price seats cost us 110 Euros.
The audience became agitated:
- the French couple next to us started to complain (loudly) every time the soprano miss-pitched her notes
- an English party near us started chatting quit openly about the abysmal quality.
- a Danish couple we met in the street afterwards said that it was the worst concert / opera they had ever attended.
I'm not comparing the Piccola Lirica with company like the ROH, Covent Garden, that would be absurd. I have heard young music students perform Tosca with far better interpretations and technical ability.
If you love music, stay away.
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