List of theatres and opera houses in Rome
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- National Dramatic Theatre (or National Theatre) was a theatre which was demolished in 1934 during the redevelopment of the Via Nazionale.
- Teatro Argentina is an opera house and theater located in the Largo di Torre Argentina. It is one of the oldest theaters in Rome, and was inaugurated on January 31, 1732 with Berenice by Domenico Sarro. It was commissioned (built) by the Sforza Cesarini family and designed by the architect Gerolamo Theodoli with the auditorium laid out in the traditional horseshoe shape. The inside of the theatre is constructed of wood with six levels of boxes characterizing the design, and has been restored many times. In the 19th century, the premieres of many notable operas took place in the theater. They include Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville in 1816, and Giuseppe Verdi's I due Foscari in 1844 and La battaglia di Legnano in 1849.
- Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Rome Opera House) is an opera house in located on the Piazza Beniamino Gigli. Originally opened in November 1880 as the 2,212 seat Costanzi Theatre, it has undergone several changes of name as well modifications and improvements. The present house seats 1,600.
- Teatro delle Quattro Fontane is a theatre located on Via delle Quattro Fontane, near the Piazza Barberini. Now a multiplex cinema, it was originally an opera house and later a prose theatre. The original 1632 building was rebuilt several times.
- Teatro Quirino is a theatre for plays and musicals located on Via delle Vergini in the Trevi district of Rome. Originally built in 1871 as a marionette theatre, it has been significantly rebuilt and remodelled over the years. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it also hosted opera, operetta, and ballet.
- Teatro Sistina is a theatre located on Via Sistina between Piazza Barberini and Trinità dei Monti. It was originally built as a cinema in 1949 but is now primarily used for theatre and cabaret performances.
- Teatro Valle (literally Valley Theater) is a theatre and former opera house located on the Via del Teatro Valle in the area bounded by the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori and the Senate. Commissioned by the Capranica family, the architect Tommaso Morelli designed the theatre which was built in 1726. It was inaugurated with the staging of the tragedy Matilde by Simon Falconio Pratoli. After hosting a season of opera seria in 1730, the Valle was limited through much of the latter half of the 18th century to staging prose dramas as well as a mix of intermezzos and comic operas, particularly those of Galuppi, Piccinni, Anfossi, Sacchini, Paisiello, Guglielmi, and Cimarosa. It was the only theatre in Rome in 1782, and after 1786, which offered both spring and autumn seasons of opera as well a season during Carnival.
Notes and references 
- This list excludes Ancient Roman theatres.
- Murata, Margaret, et al.: "Rome", Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Retrieved on March 21, 2008), <http://www.grovemusic.com>
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