No place like Sicily can better evoke our mythic past. The Romans, the Greeks and the Phoenicians have left in these places the trace of their passage. The great stone-made theatres of Taormina and Siracusa have inspired artists for over 2000 years and every summer these romantic and dramatic settings welcome opera lovers from all over the world hosting some of the most important lyric representations of the history. Attending an opera performance in these theatres from June to September is certainly an amazing experience.
Instead if you are in Sicily from October to June you can attend a performanc at the Teatro Massimo Bellini, a wonderful opera house in Catania. The exterior of the house matches the distinctive Sicilian Baroque style of the neighboring buildings of the late 17th Century. Its marble foyer is ornate and stuccoed, and a statue of Bellini is located between the central arches. The beautiful red-plush interior includes the main floor seating and four tiers of boxes. The painted ceiling depicts scenes from four of Bellini’s most well-known operas.