Reuters News

Classical concert a ‘sign of hope’ as Colosseum reopens

The sounds of classical music echoed around an almost empty Colosseum on Monday (February 1) as a concert took place that organisers wished would be a sign of hope for a new beginning.

Covid-19 restrictions were relaxed in Rome for the first time since before Christmas allowing the Colosseum and other museums to open. But there were no crowds and hordes of people waiting to get in. Only a few people had the privilege of listening to the concert in an almost empty arena.

Students from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory played a classical selection inside the Colosseum for the special occasion.

It was particularly special for the performers who have not had an opportunity to perform live for members of the public due to Covid restrictions.

“It’s very emotional because there haven’t been many concerts during this time, so to be here on the first day of the reopening of the Colosseum is a pleasure and an honour,” said soprano singer Olimpia Pagni before taking to the stage.

As one of the most iconic Italian monuments, the Colosseum witnessed many historic events in human history, the last of which the coronavirus outbreak that killed more than 88,000 people in the country.

Built by the Roman emperor Vespasian, the amphitheatre could seat 50,000 spectators who would gather to watch gladiatorial contests and sometimes executions.

The text, photographs, video, graphics, metadata, quotes, data, information, and all protectable intellectual property available through the this website is the property of Reuters and its licensors. It is provided by Reuters and its licensors to you for your personal use and information only. You may not use the Content or Service for any commercial purpose. You acknowledge that by accessing and using this the service, you agree to be legally bound by and hereby consent to these terms of use and the privacy policy.  Learn more in

Content Types: TextVideo
Topics: HealthHuman Interest
Platforms: API & FeedsReuters ConnectWorld News Express
Regions & Locations: Global
Media Types: TextVideo
Sign up for email updates

Sign up for email updates