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What's On: Taormina Greek Theatre, 2016

Tue Aug 2016

Taormina’s ‘teatro greco’, or Greek theatre for those of us whose Italian could do with a little polish, is without doubt, one of the most unforgettable venues for operas, theatre and music in the world. Nowhere else boasts anything as spectacular a natural setting as overlooking the ruggedly dramatic Calabrian coast, the sunsoaked coast of Sicily and a mesmerising backdrop of Mount Etna as the sun sets overhead. Drawing performances from international artists across all arts, this summer alone saw musical powerhouse Anastacia play only two days before Robert Plant, musician, singer, and songwriter perhaps best known as the lead singer of Led Zeppelin. Next on the line up are phenomenal Italian artists including Battiato e Alice, Ezio Bossi and Jazz pianist, Stefano Bollani interspersed with Operatic performances of Tosca, West Side Story and what is set to be an extraordinary portrayal of the ballet, Romeo and Juliet by the Kòreos Ballet Company in commemoration of the 400th year of William Shakespeare’s death.  


Taormino Greek Theatre


The second largest of its kind in Sicily, Taormina’s ancient theatre has been wonderfully preserved and still bears its ‘cavea’, the surrounding wall now lost at many ancient theatres of the age. For anyone with more than a little architectural interest, the structure also retains the proscenium, a usually ornate part of the stage which extends down towards the orchestra floor and the back wall of the scena which is usually entirely absent in other ruins of it’s age.


The origins of the structure are unknown as a result, no exact date can be pinpointed however it is thought, largely as a result of the brickwork, that the current theatre was built by Romans, built on the foundations of an underlying Greek design with expansion around the 2nd century.


Though many of the facts and figures are, if you’ll excuse the pun, not set it stone, one thing remains unquestionable; a night at the Taormina’s ‘teatro greco’ is absolutely unforgettable.



Take a look at what’s on offer over the summer…


09.8 Romeo and Juliet 2.0 Ballet

11.8 West Side Story

12.8 Shakespeare Opera Gala 1

13.8 West Side Story

14.8 Shakespeare Opera Gala II

17.8 Skunk Anania

19.8 Stefano Bollani

20.8 Massimo Raneri

21.8 Vinicio Capossela

22.8 Cavalleria Rusticana

24.8 Tosca

25.8 Max Gazzè

26.8 Gianna Nannini

27.8 Francesco De Gregori

05.9 Bellini Opera Gala

15.9 Eros Ramazzotti

25.9 Dionysus-Il dio nato due volte