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The Sala Umberto Theatre, designed by architect Andrea Busiri Vici and decorated by the renowned set designer Alessandro Bazzani, was inaugurated in 1882 as a concert hall and originally named Teatro della Piccola Borsa.
In 1890, architect Giulio Podesti directed the works to enlarge the hall to 650 seats. The current name given to the theatre dates back to the turn of the century, around 1900. The theatre started hosting cinematography too in 1906. The Sala Umberto Theatre owes its fame as Temple of Variety Shows to Ettore Petrolini’s historic debut in 1911. After that show, the hall was renovated for the Universal Exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. Renovation works were directed by Attilio Spaccarelli and Arnaldo Foschini and completed in 1913. In 1928, a new renovation gave the theatre a larger stage with a twelve-metre proscenium, in addition to more advanced equipment for film projection. It is no coincidence that in the 50ies and 60ies the theatre was converted into a cinema and in more recent times – from 1991 to 2001 – it hosted arthouse cinema under the direction of Istituto Luce. Since 2002, under Alessandro Longobardi’s artistic direction, the elegant venue has started hosting theatrical events again.
Sala Umberto is today an established theatre in Rome, both for the quality of its shows and for the high turnout. The large audience attracted positively confirms the choices made by the management and artistic direction in terms of variety of cultural projects, from dance to recital, from contemporary theatre to classical music concerts.
Address: Via della Mercede, 50, 00187 Rome
HOW TO GET THERE
The Sala Umberto Theater is situated in the center of Rome, between Fontana di Trevi e Piazza Barberini.
Metro: Line A Spagna, Line B Termini – Cavour
Bus Line 116, 62, 175, 492, 590, 630, 119, 53, 71, 80L, 85, 117, 630, 119, 628
THE THREE TENORS: OPERA ARIAS, NAPLES AND SONGS
MAY 29, 2020 - h 8.30 pm
SALA UMBERTO THEATRE
Alessandro Fortunato, Francesco Fortes and Stefano Sorrentino on stage with Opera e Lirica Orchestra on the only date in Rome for the show that marked a record of sold-out concerts from 2016 to date.