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.
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SOURCES:
MusFestEurBrit-1980, p. 113
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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.
But at the heart of the Diva collection is its signature shape, inspired by the Roman Baths of Caracalla.
The property is only a few metres away from the famous thermal complex Baths of Caracalla as well as to the most ancient areas of Rome including the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.
Contract notice: Preparation of annual temporary stage, the orchestra pit, the electrical system, the audience for the public service facilities for technicians and artists, ancillary services, necessary for the realization of the summer festival of the baths of caracalla the years 2014-2015-2016.
Clockwise from top: A View within the Baths of Caracalla, Rome; George Howard self-portrait; A Lemon Garden at San Remo, Italy; and Cecilia Roberts on Brampton Ridge, Cumbria, all by George Howard and on show in Carlisle
Access to the exhibition was not from the piazza side with its gigantic basins from the Baths of Caracalla close to the Campo dei Fiori but rather from the Via Giulia side at the back of the palace.
The imposing structure was rimmed with relentless Doric columns and inspired by the Roman Baths of Caracalla, but with a modern twist: steel beams clad in pink granite and topped with clear glass.
Heritage officials in the capital said the tremor had been strong enough to damage the third-century Baths of Caracalla, the Roman public baths popular with tourists.
The first of these was the inaugural Three Tenors concert, featuring Pavarotti alongside Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras at Rome's Baths of Caracalla on the eve of the 1990 World Cup final.