"Music for Mercy"

Extraordinary Concert, Roman Forum

July 26, 2016 at 9.00 pm for the first time a musical evening in the exceptional archaeological site of Roman Forum.

The event "Music for Mercy" intends to celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy and it is an initiative of Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi in collaboration with Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Roma United Orchestra will be conducted by Tan Dun teacher and the tenor Andrea Bocelli, both guests of honor of the concert. Many other artists who come from different cultures and countries, to witness the ecumenical nature of the event, will join them. Malaysian singer Zainal Abidin, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh from Syria, David Foster pianist, winner of sixteen Grammy Awards, will accompany many of the artists, The Tenors from Canada, the UK singer Elaine Paige, star of many musicals as Cats and Evita (from which she will interpret "Don’t cry for me Argentina"), Italian young singer Giovanni Caccamo, winner of Sanremo Giovani 2015. Other guests will soon be confirmed.

The evening will start with the Ave Maria by Carly Paoli, the official song of the Jubilee Routes, followed by a new song composed by Romano Musumarra with the words of Grant Black - A Time for Mercy - inspired by the words of Pope Francis in the book "The name of God is mercy", also a piece played by Carly Paoli.

The program will alternate classical pieces, beautiful singing pages, voices and sounds from around the world to witness as the "mercy" is a universal value shared by different cultures.

The concert, produced by Abiah Music Production, had the patronage of the Ministry of Heritage, Culture and Tourism and the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, and it’s organised by Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi and the Rome Opera House. The Ministry, given the exceptional nature of the event, granted for the first time that the concert will take place in the Roman Forum, a choice of great charm, but at the same time highly symbolic from the religious point of view. "This truly exceptional initiative, promoted in the heart of the Jubilee year," says Mons. Liberio Andreatta Managing, Director of ORP "is designed to celebrate music as a universal language that connects people of different continents, cultures and religions in the sign of mercy, the first and greatest attribute of God. In this regard, I wish to recall that the concert takes place in a highly meaningful context, because a few steps from the Roman Forum, within the Carcer Tullianum - that sources indicate as St. Peter prison - it’s one of the earliest depictions of the Virgin Mary of Mercy, present in a dated XIII century fresco in a fresco dated XIII century".

"Music for Mercy - said the Minister of Heritage, Culture and Tourism Dario Franceschini - is an extraordinary concert for an extraordinary Jubilee. The Opera Orchestra of Rome will accompany major international interpreters in the context of the Roman Forum, as provided by the Superintendence of the Colosseum, set up for the occasion with a sustainable stage, designed to offer all the guarantees of protection and fruition of the archaeological monuments – which will be open to visitors during the days of the concert –, the assembly and disassembly of the stage and the audience"

"It is a great honor for us - said the Superintendent of the Opera of Rome Carlo Fuortes - that the Orchestra of the Theatre participates to such an extraordinary initiative in a place like the Roman Forum so symbolic for our city, which for the first time opens to music".

"As a music lover, and as a man of God, - said Mr. Francis Yeoh - my heart is overflowing with joy and pride. I am honored and grateful to produce this unique and extraordinary event".


The event relies on the generous support of Mr. Yeoh, founder and president of Abiah group, considered by major financial publications as one of the 25 most influential and powerful man in Asia. The Malaysian patron, who, since last year, has become part of the Opera Foundation Steering Committee in Rome, is a great lover of arts, music and opera, and supports many of the most prestigious non - profit organizations in the world.


Access to the concert will be free. Tickets will be available at the box office of the Teatro dell'Opera in Piazza Beniamino Gigli, starting from July 11, from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 9 am to 1.30 pm. Each spectator cannot withdraw more than two tickets.

With the support of

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