Baths of Caracalla


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Baths of Caracalla

First week in July to second week in August
Originally designed as a social gathering place for men in third-century Rome, the Baths of Caracalla became the unusual setting for open-air opera in 1937. Held every summer, the Bath Operas feature grand Italian operas such as Giuseppe Verdi's Aida, which are produced by the Rome Opera Company in lavish style. Ballet performances produced by local and international dance companies are also on the program. The events take place in the evening on one of the world's largest stages—100 feet long and 162 feet wide. While the acoustics are far from ideal, more than 10,000 spectators generally fill the bleachers to enjoy this one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza.
CONTACTS:
Italian Government Tourist Board
630 Fifth Ave., Ste. 1565
New York, NY 10111
212-245-5618; fax: 212-586-9249
www.italiantourism.com
SOURCES:
MusFestEurBrit-1980, p. 113
References in classic literature ?
Charlotte, unselfish in the Forum, would have tried a sweeter temper than Lucy's, and once, in the Baths of Caracalla, they had doubted whether they could continue their tour.
John Lateran, the Campagna, the Appian Way, the Seven Hills, the Baths of Caracalla, the Claudian Aqueduct, the Cloaca Maxima--the eternal bore designed the Eternal City, and unless all men and books do lie, he painted every thing in it
A short time before they reached the Baths of Caracalla the carriage stopped, Peppino opened the door, and the count and Franz alighted.
The concert at the ancient Baths of Caracalla was The Three Tenors with Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti.
It was a tragedy that Elmes never got to see his masterpiece, and especially the interior of The Great Hall, the inspiration for which he drew from the Baths of Caracalla, in Rome.
And it was the architectural statements of those past dynasties which inspired him -- most notably the great baths of Caracalla in Rome, with their massive barrel vaulted ceiling.
We do not know exactly what great Roman buildings such as the Pantheon and the Baths of Caracalla looked like but their claddings of thin marble and metal sheets were presumably manufactured off-site and transported to cover and haptically transform the huge masses of masonry.
Rather than follow the example of nineteenth-century artists who painted industry in the image of Blake's "dark Satanic mills" or as something akin to the Baths of Caracalla with gears and pistons added, Ross describes the fleshy reefs and ruins of his brave new genomic world with a wry appreciation of their hybrid aesthetic heritage and a sense of the fun that can always be had by playing stylishly with the objects of our anxiety.
Neglected monuments, such as the giant stealae of Aksum, the mountain palace at Sigiriya, and the Colossal Buddha of Bamiyan, are set beside the Baths of Caracalla in Rome and the magnificent palace of Persepolis.
The section, near the Baths of Caracalla, was part of the city fortifications built between 271 and 275AD.
The trio made its debut at the 1990 World Cup, at the ancient baths of Caracalla in Rome.
FIGURE 4 shows that samples from Hadrian's Villa, the Pantheon, the Baths of Caracalla and from a Roman column re-used in the Palazzo Borghese all have compositions consistent with an origin at the Mons Claudianus quarry, but also partly within error limits of Kozak.