In the absence of the ‘real thing’, this (for €20 each) provides a good operatic taster and makes for a very pleasant evening. The performance takes place in the small deconsecrated church of San Stefano – a pleasant venue about a 15-minute walk from the centre – and consists of a pianist and soprano providing well-known arias from such Italian favourites as Tosca, Madame Butterfly, and La Traviata. I’m sorry that I failed to make a note of their names, but the pianist was accomplished, and the soprano had such a powerful voice that it might have been better suited to a larger auditorium. The result was, if not desperately moving, exciting enough – and can be recommended for visitors with a free Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday evening (May to October; Wednesday or Saturday, March to April). The 9.15pm start conveniently allows for a pre-concert dinner nearby, and we were pleased to find Ristorante Salotto, just two minutes away, round the corner in Via Camollia.
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