A year that marks an important anniversary for the city of Rome and the history of Italy: on 20 September 1870, with the Capture of Rome, the Papal States were annexed to the Kingdom of Italy and less than five months later, with Law 33 of 3 February 1871, the capital city was moved from Florence to Rome.
For the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Roma Capitale, a full year of events is scheduled, until 3 February 2021. The celebrations opened with a tribute to the city and its history, its culture, and its values through music and literature. At the Opera House, since the late nineteenth century a reference point in the musical and cultural life of the city, Andrea Bocelli sang the Hymn of Mameli, played by the 105 members of the Interforze Band, in the presence of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella. Ezio Bosso, Paola Turci and the talents of the Fabbrica Young Artist Program also were on stage.
The Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, and institutional representatives attended the concert, including the Vatican Secretary of State, the President of the Senate, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, the ministers of Defense, the Interior, and the Environment, the Prefect of Rome and the Superintendent of the Rome Opera House Carlo Fuortes. The event was organized by Roma Capitale and Teatro dell'Opera in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense and Rai Cultura.
Photo MiBACT - Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali e per il turismo