Rome has recently stepped into the spotlight for opera aficionados thanks to Maestro Riccardo Muti's ongoing support of Rome's Teatro dell'Opera. Though considered a far younger sibling of Milan's La Scala and Venice's La Fenice, the company commands an audience during its mid-November to May season. In the hot summer months, the company moves to the Baths of Caracalla for its outdoor opera series. As can be expected, the oft-preferred performance is Aida for its
spectacle, which has been known to include real elephants. The company has taken a new direction, using projections atop the ancient ruins to create cutting-edge sets.