Teatro Comunale di Bologna
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MuscoviteVT
By MuscoviteVT
Highly worth visiting
Jun 2020
I had very good tickets to Bologna Opera for May 2020, stalls, but, as you know, nothing came of it because of coronavirus. I ventured then into Rai Opera & Ballet collection – great thanks to them, by the way, one only needs to register and then you can enjoy the whole collection free of charge, moreover, no time limit! So I went there and found Verdi’s ‘Ernani’, and it turned out to be a truly outstanding production! Not only the voices were great, which is all the more remarkable, as the singers do not appear to be Internationally acclaimed, apart from Feruccio Furlanetto the names did not say much to me. The stage settings and costumes looked no less richly tailored than in the Metropolitan where I watched and heard the same opera just a week ago, if not more, it was very interesting to compare. I genuinely enjoyed the performance, and now I am trying to figure out how I can visit the Opera theatre in Bologna off-line. Vivaticket, the company selling tickets to most events in the country, not only theatre, even football, had sent me a voucher valid 18 months. It looks like a long time, but in reality it isn’t. To start with, the pandemic is not yet over, and God only knows when it will be. Then there is the Shengen visa, not such a headache as its UK counterpart, but still, a lot of paperwork required, and quite some money, too. Last but not least, I initially planned a trip to Milan with a day outing to Bologna; how I am going to combine the two now I don’t have the slightest idea. Well, looks like I’ll have to choose a title and fly to Bologna just for an opera overnight, as music connoisseurs do... P.S. The images supplied are screenshots, I thought you may want to see how how it looked onstage. Again, after three months of online performance from the best concert houses of the world I was very, very impressed!
MuscoviteVT
By MuscoviteVT
Bologna opera – choosing seats, buying tickets
Jan 2020
Just completed ticket purchase procedure – quite a story, better to tell you now before I forget all those brain-twisters :) I like doing everything in advance; the tickets are for May 2020, about half a year ahead. And you know what? Half of the house is sold out! I’ll tell you more: they already have 2020-2021 season schedule, and you can buy the tickets for December 2020! And even there the choice tends to be limited! Well, Italians surely love their opera… Anyway, this is what I did: First thing - to open Teatro Comunale di Bologna official site. It’s very simple, you have it here on TripAdvisor, in the upper right corner, together with the address, etc. Google or whatever searching system you have helps, too. By the way, congratulations to the theatre on having a very stylish and user-friendly site! (No much English, but that’s OK :) They have all titles for the season on display, just scroll down the page, first opera, then orchestra music etc., then ballet. All ‘posters’ made in the same style, Picasso-like but less aggressive and depressive than the original :) You arrive on the production page with all the outgoing data and cast, if it’s already known. The schedule is to the right, and, once you have chosen the date – note that matinees are cheaper, while night performances are night indeed, at 8 p.m., if not later! – you can go to the booking page by clicking ‘aquista’. Then you are transferred to a different site, namely that of Vivaticket. This is, to the best of my understanding, an all-Italian aggregator, they sell tickets for all kind of events, maybe even sports, not sure, not my glass of Chianti :)) Once you are there, again you see the whole block, as many performances as there are. Again – click ‘aquista’ (buy), and arrive on the date you need. Note: the site automatically goes Italian, but you can switch it into English in the upper left corner. Supposing we are going to ‘Giselle’, a well-known ballet. The tickets are more expensive than for the opera, but not considerably – for example, the ‘platea’ (stalls) for my ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ were at about 75 euro, here we have the same seats for 84 euro. Note that Vivaticket will take a commission of 3 euro for their services – well, OK, they function fairly well :) Scroll down to see the map of the theatre house. On the one hand, if it’s an opera, the sound usually goes up. On the other hand, I was told by local travel gurus, that the boxes are not very comfortable, and it’s an opera in four acts! Another surprise for me was that the difference between the stalls and the upper tiers was just about 30 euro, about 60 – 70%, that is. At home at the Bolshoi it’s often 10 times, official rates! Well, I though I’d crush my budget for the one-in-a-life experience and go for the stalls :) Note that the stalls have no numbers, only letters! To choose the seats you need to go up and click ‘manually’ instead of ‘automated selection’ – I really hate any machine doing ‘automated selection’ for me! You click the seat you want… and here the trouble begins! To buy anything from them you need to be registered, and registration takes time. Not much, about 5 minutes, just be prepared. They ask for your address and phone, e-mail and – note – your identity (passport or driving license). Once you are registered and back to the site, you go along the same road to put the seat you want into your basket. After that everything goes smoothly, even if you book from another country, as I did. As far as I remember, you can pay with Visa / Mastercard and all sorts of fancy applications, your phone, etc. The payment is processed very quickly, and you can print the ticket from their site, or from your e-mail. No idea if you can just come and show the QR code on your smartphone, I’d better not.

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MuscoviteVT
Moscow, Russia13,436 contributions
Jun 2020
I had very good tickets to Bologna Opera for May 2020, stalls, but, as you know, nothing came of it because of coronavirus.
I ventured then into Rai Opera & Ballet collection – great thanks to them, by the way, one only needs to register and then you can enjoy the whole collection free of charge, moreover, no time limit!
So I went there and found Verdi’s ‘Ernani’, and it turned out to be a truly outstanding production! Not only the voices were great, which is all the more remarkable, as the singers do not appear to be Internationally acclaimed, apart from Feruccio Furlanetto the names did not say much to me. The stage settings and costumes looked no less richly tailored than in the Metropolitan where I watched and heard the same opera just a week ago, if not more, it was very interesting to compare.
I genuinely enjoyed the performance, and now I am trying to figure out how I can visit the Opera theatre in Bologna off-line. Vivaticket, the company selling tickets to most events in the country, not only theatre, even football, had sent me a voucher valid 18 months. It looks like a long time, but in reality it isn’t.
To start with, the pandemic is not yet over, and God only knows when it will be. Then there is the Shengen visa, not such a headache as its UK counterpart, but still, a lot of paperwork required, and quite some money, too.
Last but not least, I initially planned a trip to Milan with a day outing to Bologna; how I am going to combine the two now I don’t have the slightest idea.
Well, looks like I’ll have to choose a title and fly to Bologna just for an opera overnight, as music connoisseurs do...
P.S. The images supplied are screenshots, I thought you may want to see how how it looked onstage. Again, after three months of online performance from the best concert houses of the world I was very, very impressed!
Written June 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ivo2411
Antwerp, Belgium133 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
Very nice antique theatre with well-preserved wooden understage machinery.
You have to make an appointment to visit it, but that is possible through http://www.perspectiv-online.org/
Very nice people and, if you’re a theatre lover, worth the trip
Written September 17, 2014
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SLindt_12
Bologna, Italy63 contributions
Feb 2014 • Couples
Been here twice so far, once for "Tosca," a traditional treatment, and again for "MacBeth," which was a modern American production. Both were great. Sound and lighting are very good. Viewing is pretty good from seats on the floor. Theater itself is lovely and old and very classic. Balcony seats are rumored to have poor sight lines, although they are very, very cool - perhaps best appreciated from the floor. There always seems to be an Italian behind me who needs to sing aloud along with the aria I'm most looking forward to hearing, which makes me wonder if they think I'm applauding for them at the end. I would kill them, but that would be so American.
Written March 6, 2014
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Nour E
Toronto, Canada167 contributions
Jun 2013 • Solo
I attended the Doppia Notte on June 25th.
A fabulous work of art, combining dance and music of the finest level. The choreography was so intense.
The theatre itself is a masterwork of architecture, just celebrated their 250th birthday with a remarkable production of Gluck's Il Trionfo di Clelia.

After the performance, outside, on Piazza Verdi, a drink, a panini, watching the young people, performers... unforgettable nights in Bologna!
Written January 16, 2014
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zegee
San Diego, CA30 contributions
Mar 2013 • Friends
On the day after our arrival from the US we went to the opera having reserved tickets beforehand. We saw Wagner's The Flying Dutchman in an opera house that dates back to the 18th century and is simply beautiful to look at. The combination of great voices and a glorious production of a romantic opera made for a memorable evening. The only negative was the steep ticket price but in the end it was more than worth it.
Written March 25, 2013
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Kulturcat
United Kingdom120 contributions
Feb 2012 • Friends
A lovely opera building in Belle Epoque style. Get seats in one of the boxes so that you can see the whole theatre and enjoy an unrivalled people watching experience. The opera is also one of the top ones in Italy so the quality of the music is good.
Written March 2, 2012
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MuscoviteVT
Moscow, Russia13,436 contributions
Jan 2020
Just completed ticket purchase procedure – quite a story, better to tell you now before I forget all those brain-twisters :)
I like doing everything in advance; the tickets are for May 2020, about half a year ahead. And you know what? Half of the house is sold out! I’ll tell you more: they already have 2020-2021 season schedule, and you can buy the tickets for December 2020! And even there the choice tends to be limited! Well, Italians surely love their opera…

Anyway, this is what I did:
First thing - to open Teatro Comunale di Bologna official site. It’s very simple, you have it here on TripAdvisor, in the upper right corner, together with the address, etc. Google or whatever searching system you have helps, too.
By the way, congratulations to the theatre on having a very stylish and user-friendly site! (No much English, but that’s OK :) They have all titles for the season on display, just scroll down the page, first opera, then orchestra music etc., then ballet. All ‘posters’ made in the same style, Picasso-like but less aggressive and depressive than the original :)
You arrive on the production page with all the outgoing data and cast, if it’s already known. The schedule is to the right, and, once you have chosen the date – note that matinees are cheaper, while night performances are night indeed, at 8 p.m., if not later! – you can go to the booking page by clicking ‘aquista’.
Then you are transferred to a different site, namely that of Vivaticket. This is, to the best of my understanding, an all-Italian aggregator, they sell tickets for all kind of events, maybe even sports, not sure, not my glass of Chianti :))
Once you are there, again you see the whole block, as many performances as there are. Again – click ‘aquista’ (buy), and arrive on the date you need.
Note: the site automatically goes Italian, but you can switch it into English in the upper left corner.
Supposing we are going to ‘Giselle’, a well-known ballet. The tickets are more expensive than for the opera, but not considerably – for example, the ‘platea’ (stalls) for my ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ were at about 75 euro, here we have the same seats for 84 euro. Note that Vivaticket will take a commission of 3 euro for their services – well, OK, they function fairly well :)
Scroll down to see the map of the theatre house. On the one hand, if it’s an opera, the sound usually goes up. On the other hand, I was told by local travel gurus, that the boxes are not very comfortable, and it’s an opera in four acts!
Another surprise for me was that the difference between the stalls and the upper tiers was just about 30 euro, about 60 – 70%, that is. At home at the Bolshoi it’s often 10 times, official rates! Well, I though I’d crush my budget for the one-in-a-life experience and go for the stalls :) Note that the stalls have no numbers, only letters!
To choose the seats you need to go up and click ‘manually’ instead of ‘automated selection’ – I really hate any machine doing ‘automated selection’ for me! You click the seat you want… and here the trouble begins!

To buy anything from them you need to be registered, and registration takes time. Not much, about 5 minutes, just be prepared. They ask for your address and phone, e-mail and – note – your identity (passport or driving license).
Once you are registered and back to the site, you go along the same road to put the seat you want into your basket. After that everything goes smoothly, even if you book from another country, as I did. As far as I remember, you can pay with Visa / Mastercard and all sorts of fancy applications, your phone, etc.
The payment is processed very quickly, and you can print the ticket from their site, or from your e-mail. No idea if you can just come and show the QR code on your smartphone, I’d better not.
Written January 17, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

mick c
Sydney, Australia177 contributions
Apr 2018
Attended the opera in Bologna sitting behind 3 Italian ladies who understood every word:not me unfortunately
The entrance was flanked by soldiers in full dress uniforms so it was quite an occasion.
The opera itself was unusual because one of the key characters was dressed in a modern blue suit whilst all the other performers were in period costume./Still it was a great experience.Pity about the subtitles.
Written February 13, 2019
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SB77777
Australia160 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
I stumbled across this theatre by joining a queue in front of it. I wasn't sure why people are waiting but I thought why not, I will wait with them. And it turned out that was a smart move as there was a free concert inside! And the theatre is a breath taking!
You would never imagine that behind those not so pretty outside walls such a gem is hidden inside. It's a must when in Bologna!
Written October 8, 2017
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snapper00
Glasgow, UK89 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
Very disappointed by this experience. Seating in the expensive seats was poor - virtually no knee room. Staging of the Barber of Seville was bizarre to say the least. Not sure what the director was trying to do but for me it didn't work. Singing was OK. Not a front line opera house on this showing!
Written May 24, 2016
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