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Bringing opera to the masses

Locals and visitors can catch "Carmen" at the Spanish Steps.

Federica Proietti performs an aria from "Carmen" at the foot of Rome's Spanish Steps in July 2009. (Fulvio Paolocci/GlobalPost)

A year-old program brings free opera into the piazzas of Rome. During the summer months, singers perform at the Spanish Steps, the Coliseum, Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain.