Lithograph of act 1 in the premiere performance, by Pierre-Auguste Lamy, 1875


opera by Georges Bizet

Ancient Theatre on

Wednesday August 21st 2019 @9.30pm


Saturday August 24th 2019 @9.30pm


Carmen is an opera in four acts by the French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera, written in the genre of opéra comique, tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery Gypsy, Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen’s love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage.

The music of Carmen has been widely acclaimed for its brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet musically represented the emotions and suffering of his characters. After the composer’s death the score was subject to significant amendment, including the introduction of recitative in place of the original dialogue; there is no standard edition of the opera, and different views exist as to what versions best express Bizet’s intentions.


T W O   D A T E S

TICKETS for August 21st >> on and

TICKETS for August 24th >> on and


Stalls (Parterre): € 105,00
Gallery: € 85,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 60,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 35,00


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Original libretto (lyrics) Italian/French >>

Fiorella Mannoia

Personale Tour

Ancient Theatre of Taormina, Saturday 17 August 2019 @ 9.00pm


Stalls (Parterre): € 80,50
Gallery: € 69,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 52,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 35,00



Exhibition of the sculpure “Respiro” (breath)

by Giacomo Rizzo

The sculpture – inspired by the mountain of Monte Pellegrino of Palermo – is located by the Ancient Theatre till September 30th 2019




The sites managed by the Archeaological Park of Taormina and Giardini Naxos (Ancient Theatre, isle of Isola Bella, Archeaological Site of Naxos, Palazzo Ciampoli and Villa Caronia) are open every day from 9.00am to one hour before sunset. Tickets can be purchased here:






W Verdi e i Vespri Siciliani

performed by the Corps of Ballet of Milan

Ancient Theatre, Sunday 11th August, 2019


A ballet in two acts with famous ballets realised on the music masterpieces of Giuseppe Verdi: Traviata, Aida, I Vespri Siciliani, Otello and Macbeth.


Stalls (Parterre): € 35,00
Gallery: € 35,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 25,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 15,00

Monica Guerritore in

Alda Merini “The Concert”

Mentre rubavo la vita – Homage to Alda Merini

With Giovanni Nuti

Special guest: Carmen Consoli

Ancient Theatre, Saturday 0th August 2019 @ 9.00pm


Giovanni Nuti e Monica Gurritore sing Alda Merini

The concert wants to raise funds for the Italian CIR – Commitee for Refugees (







Dall’inferno all’infinito

by Monica Guerritore

Ancient Theatre, Saturday August 10 2019 @ 5.00am


written and directed by Monica Guerritore
Lucilla Mininno, assistant director
Paolo Meglio, lights
Parmaconcerti srl, ditribution


At 5.00 o’clock in the morning, during the dawn, in a theatre built on top of a hill with a breathtaking panorama of the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Etna, the Italian theatre actress Monica Guerritore will bring the audience into a spiritual voyage, from the Inferno (the Hell) by Dante Aligheri to the Infinito (Infinite) by Giacomo Leopardi.

Click here to dowload the program

Stalls (Parterre): € 15,00

MORE INFO and on-site tickets at the Casa del Cinema, Corso Umberto I n. 61, open everyday excep Mondays fro 10.00am to 8.00pm. Ph. (mobile): 0039 391 746 2146



by Giacomo Leopardi

“L’infinito” (Italian pronunciation: [liɱfiˈniːto]; English: The Infinite) is a poem written by Giacomo Leopardi probably in the autumn of 1819. The poem is a product of Leopardi’s yearning to travel beyond his restrictive home town of Recanati and experience more of the world which he had studied.
It is widely known within Italy.


Original Text
Sempre caro mi fu quest’ermo colle,
e questa siepe, che da tanta parte
dell’ultimo orizzonte il guardo esclude.
Ma sedendo e mirando, interminati
spazi di là da quella, e sovrumani
silenzi, e profondissima quïete
io nel pensier mi fingo; ove per poco
il cor non si spaura. E come il vento
odo stormir tra queste piante, io quello
infinito silenzio a questa voce
vo comparando: e mi sovvien l’eterno,
e le morte stagioni, e la presente
e viva, e il suon di lei. Così tra questa
immensità s’annega il pensier mio:
e il naufragar m’è dolce in questo mare.

Literal English Translation
Always dear to me was this solitary hill
and this hedge, which, from so many parts
of the far horizon, the sight excludes.
But sitting and gazing, endless
spaces beyond it, and inhuman
silences, and the deepest quiet
I fake myself in my thoughts; where almost
my heart scares. And as the wind
I hear rustling through these trees, I, that
infinite silence, to this voice
keep comparing: and I feel the eternal,
the dead seasons, the present,
and living one, and the sound of her. So in this
immensity drown my own thoughts:
and sinking in this sea is sweet to me.

Alternate translation
This lonely hill was always dear to me,
and this hedgerow, which cuts off the view
of so much of the last horizon.
But sitting here and gazing, I can see
beyond, in my mind’s eye, unending spaces,
and superhuman silences, and depthless calm,
till what I feel
is almost fear. And when I hear
the wind stir in these branches, I begin
comparing that endless stillness with this noise:
and the eternal comes to mind,
and the dead seasons, and the present
living one, and how it sounds.
So my mind sinks in this immensity:
and foundering is sweet in such a sea.

(translated by Jonathan Galassi)

(Source: Wikipedia)

Eros Ramazzotti

Vita ce n’è – World Tour

Ancient Theatre on Saturday 3, Sunday 4 and Tuesday 6 August 2019 @ 9.00pm



Choose your day >> Saturday 3Sunday 4Tuesday 6 

Stalls (Parterre): € 149,50
Gallery (central): € 132,25
Gallery (lateral): € 109,25
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 86,25
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 63,25


Eros Walter Luciano Ramazzotti (born 28 October 1963) is an Italian musician, singer and songwriter. Ramazzotti is popular in Italy and most European countries, and throughout the Spanish-speaking world, as he has released most of his albums in both Italian and Spanish.

Since 1984, Ramazzotti has released 11 studio albums, one EP, three compilation albums, three live albums, and 37 singles. He has sold over 60 million records in his 30-year career. His repertoire includes duets with artists such as Cher, Tina Turner, Andrea Bocelli, Patsy Kensit, Anastacia, Joe Cocker, Julio Iglesias, Lynn Davis, Ricardo Arjona, Luciano Pavarotti, Laura Pausini, Nicole Scherzinger and Ricky Martin.
(source: wikipedia)


Ancient Theatre, Friday August 2nd 2019 @ 9.30pm


Stalls (Parterre): € 52,90
Gallery: € 46,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 34,50
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 29,90


Special full package including:
– n. 1 ticket for the parterre
– personalised check-in
– early entry
– soundcheck entry (before the show)
– free gadget
Tickets € 87,90 sold here



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Massimo Ranieri

Malia Napoletana

Ancient Theatre, Sunday August 1st 2019 @9.30pm


Massimo Ranieri, born in Naples in 19651 is an Italian pop singer, film and stage actor.
He is greatly popular in Italy and internationally known. The recipient of important prizes and awards for his unique vocal styling and his intense theatre and cinema interpretations (such as Metello, Death Rage, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and others) he has maintained his position amongst the top male solo artists for the past thirty years and continues to do so.

“Malia Napoletana” is a journey through the great classics of the Neapolitan music: “Malafemmina” by Totò,  “Dove sta Zazà”, “Strada ‘nfosa” by Domenico Modugno, “Torero” by Carosone, and many others. Real perls of the Italian music world will accompany the artist: Stefano Di Battista (sax) , Marco Brioschi  (trumpet and flugehorn), Rita Marcotulli (piano), Riccardo Fioravanti (double bass) and Israel Varela (drums).


Stalls (Parterre): € 80,50
Gallery: € 69,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 52,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 34,50


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the refund requests must be submitted – within August 5th –  at the same point of sale where the purchase was made


The Beat Box

A tribute to Beatles

with the Roma Philarmonic Orchestra

The Beatles Revolution – Abbey Road’s 50th Anniversary

Ancient Theatre of Taormina, Wednesday 31st July 2019 @ 9.30pm


Much more than just a tribute to the Beatles, the performance of Beatbox aims to revive the energy and charm of the legendary quar tet from Liverpool. To obtain the desired result, nothing has been left to chance: the instrumentation is identical to that used by the Beatles in their historical concerts, the Stage clothes, are made by the same tailor who made them for the U.S. tours of the Fab Four.

To give life to this project, four musicians from the curriculum rather than noble: Mauro Sposito, Filippo Caretti, Riccardo Bagnoli and Federico Franchi has played with the great names of Italian pop. A show that runs through the memories and the discovery of several generations, with performances faithfully to the original, to rediscover the enthusiasm and positivity of the Swinging ‘60s.

For the first time in Italy, the band will be on stage with the Roma Philarmonic Orchestra directed by Maestro Stefano Trasimen.

During the multimedia show, rare video documents will be projected in the screen. Pepole who lived that magic period will shre their memories: Freda Kelly (historic sevretary of the band), Pete Best (their first drummer), Renzo Arbore, Peppino Di Capri, Rolando Giambelli and many others.


TICKETS on and
Stalls (Parterre): € 75,00
Gallery: € 62,00
Upper circle (numbered seats): € 50,00
Upper circle (non-numbered seats): € 35,00