Rome may seem eternally plagued by challenges but the capital’s unlikely success stories should serve as a reminder that positive change is possible in the Italian city. In just five years, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma has gone from bankrupt to booming under the careful leadership of Superintendent Carlo Fuortes – and the numbers are impressive. Between 2013 and 2018, the theater has emerged from tens of thousands of euros in debt to enjoy an unprecedented 85% increase in ticket sales and a 50% increase in attendance – a feat accomplished without raising the price of the tickets.
“Paradoxically, the economic crisis was a boon for the Teatro dell’Opera,” explains Mr. Fuortes, who took over management of the theater in 2013 after 13 years as director of the Auditorium Parco della Musica. The crisis provided an opportunity to reorganize the theater and address the trade union’s grievances. “Since we confronted the theater’s underlying problems, we’ve nearly doubled the number of productions and increased the number of ticket sales. And we haven’t had any more strikes.”
As a consequence, the quality of the productions has improved as well, and the theater has won recognitions including Best Show, Best Direction and Best Stage Design and Costumes in the past few years.