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“Fabulous Find, Intermission PASTA!”

Teatro Salone Margherita
Ranked #165 of 1,867 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: Salone Margherita Theatre was born in 1898 in the heart of Rome. The name Margherita was a clear homage to Margherita of Savoia, King Umberto's first wife. Here typical vaudeville shows were presented to flaunt more luxury and refinement than in any theatre in Rome. In the '10s, the best comedians and the most searched soubrettes of the age appeared in the playbill of the theatre and, throughout the past century, it has been a theater attached to the revue, Roman comedy, vaudeville show and operetta. Since 2011 I Virtuosi dell'opera di Roma performed here an important part of their Concert's Season.
Reviewed October 18, 2013

So happy to have discovered this theater! Came here for the La Traviata show since the Rome Opera House was not yet open. Intimate venue with stellar performances, very fine orchestra, and excellent sound quality. General admission seating gives you a range of seating options with good views of the stage since the theater is so small. One of the best parts of the evening was "intermission pasta", where theater goers lined up for a free buffet pasta offering. We met many fellow travelers just by laughing and taking pictures of our intermission pasta together! A wine and cocktail bar is also on hand & you can take your drinks to your seats. Highly recommend this as a Rome attraction; I'm not a big opera fan ordinarily but this theater is a unique find & well worth the visit to support them (even if you don't stay for the whole show go for intermission pasta!).

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

This was an amazing discovery. I was in Rome for a few days, but disappointed to discover that the Rome Opera House had not yet opened for the season. However, a bit of browsing brought me to the Salone Margherita. I booked up for 3 nights - La Boheme, La Traviata, and Il Barbiera di Seviglia.
These productions were all excellently performed, albeit with a reduced orchestra and reduced production. However, it's a very intimate venue, performed in a small but plush art deco theatre, and you can almost touch the action. There were only three productions on offer; had I had more nights, and had there been more on offer, I would certainly have gone back.
Tempting to say that free pasta for everyone during the interval was an added bonus. However, good as the fusilli was, just nothing could better the artistic experience. I have to confess, though, that I started identifying props from other production recycled in another! But, that's just because I'm as interested in how opera works as in the artistic experience.
Next time I'm in Rome, I'll be back!

3  Thank Nigel C
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We visited the Opera Gran Gala at the Teatro Salone Margherita in July 2013. We are not particularly fans of opera but it seemed like a romantic idea to go to the opera whilst in Italy. Why not? This is a really lovely, quirky little theatre tucked away on Via Dei Due Macellli roughly half way between the Metro stops at Spagna (Spanish Steps) and Barberini. The internal decor is all red plush and gold paint and the oval shape means all seats have a great view of the stage. There are boxes all the way around the upper gallery and we were able to sit in one to watch the performance which was an experience in itself! We passed by during the day and bought tickets for the evening performance - but people were also able to purchase tickets on the night. A nice touch was that the theatre provided a steaming hot bowl of pasta (free of charge) to all guests during the interval which I thought was a lovely idea. It made the theatre feel very homely and welcoming if slightly eccentric.

The theatre runs two different performances on different dates with each programme including a selection of pieces from a range of different opera's. This was a nice introduction to opera for non-opera goers as you get a taste of different styles and composers. The programme we heard was Programme B which included pieces from The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, The Marriage of Figaro, Tosca and Rigoletto. The performance was entertaining, the costumes excellent and the singers also seemed very good. They seemed to really enjoy what they were doing.

Programme A includes extracts from La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Madame Butterfly and Carmen

Prices for seats ranged from 25 - 40 euro's and in my opinion this evening was worth the price we paid. Would definitely make a return visit. Quirky and good fun.

5  Thank Bobbie096
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Fantastic performance of La Traviata in the small cosy art nouveau opera house "Teatro Salone Margherita" which is situated near the Spanish Steps. Violetta was wonderfull and she had a great presence on stage. The orchester and its conductor were great. Everything was very well organised, during the first break everybody was invited for a pasta meal, it was very easy to buy drinks. The atmosphere was like in a private opera. To be highly recommended.

6  Thank Eva O
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We visited this unusual little theatre for La Traviata, performed by I Virtuosi dell'Opera di Roma. We didn't really have high expectations, but the show did fall a little short to be honest.

The tenor singing Alfredo (the male lead) was frankly awful - out of tune, couldn't act, and clearly didn't even know the score very well. Without a doubt the worst singer I've ever heard - I left almost longing for the artistic stylings of "The Go Compare Man". But, to be fair, the rest of the cast were pretty decent. Giorgio (Baritone) and Violetta (Soprano) were pretty good, and for the most part were aware of their limitations and adapted their parts appropriately. The staging was a small, but adequate traditional production. The extras sang pretty well, but they seemed pretty lifeless. Perhaps it's the lack of space on the stage, but for Act I they did largely stand around doing nothing and it just didn't work (Act I is a party scene after all, but it looked more like a wake!).

It was a small, but honest production and for the most part it worked. The bizarre little theatre was a lovely setting, and the free pasta meal at the interval(!) an unexpected bonus, and was actually pretty tasty!

If you're looking for La Scala quality productions, head over to the Teatro dell'Opera Roma, or up to Milan. But if you're happy to chance this, do go along. It was a nice little production; not the best singing, but Alfredo aside it was pretty good. It was definitely a fun night at the opera, in spite of the awful tenor, and one I won't forget anytime soon (for a variety of reasons).

3  Thank ChristopherP715
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MusicaeMusica, Gerente at Teatro Salone Margherita, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2014
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Gentile cliente solo recentemente abbiamo iniziato ad utilizzare mezzi come Trip Advisor per interagire con gli spettatori dei nostri concerti e pertanto ci scusiamo per il ritardo col quale Le rispondiamo.
Il Suo commento è così indietro nel tempo che non riusciamo ad individuare quale spettacolo esattamente è venuto a vedere e quindi capire che cosa effettivamente non sia andato a buon fine quella sera.
Precisiamo solo che un’orchestra che si esibisce da oltre 10 anni per 200 volte all’anno può incappare nella serata sbagliata di qualche artista o solista, ma non per questo azzererei il lavoro di tutta un’orchestra.
Ci dispiace che la cosa sia capitata, la preghiamo di prendere visione di cosa fortunatamente dice adesso di noi la gente. Qualora tornasse a Roma la preghiamo di prendere contatto con il nostro ufficio di biglietteria. Sarà nostro gradito ospite ad uno spettacolo e potrà testare di persona l’attuale resa artistica delle manifestazioni.

Cordiali saluti.

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