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When an opera is played without staging (be it either a rehearsal or an actual concert) it is called all'italiana (translated: "in the italian style"). Or, at least, this is how we call it here in Italy.

This term is used when the singers are not wearing any scene dress, they just stand up near the director and the orchestra is on stage (not in the pit).

Why is it called like this? Is there any particular historical reference to italian opera? I don't recall any work of Verdi, Rossini or Puccini being written to be played without staging. So where is this term coming from?

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Interesting! I've always known this as "concert presentation" or "semi-staged", depending on the direction. Or perhaps even "oratorio-style", though that certainly isn't a preferable term. –  NReilingh Dec 16 '13 at 4:16
I can't find any ref's on the inter-stuff. Are you sure this isn't some local slang rather than a general term? –  Carl Witthoft Dec 16 '13 at 13:33
I've played opera in some orchestra around Italy and, yes... This term was always used. I've never been able to track down the historic origin of it. –  Saturnix Dec 17 '13 at 20:44
I've asked a friend of mine who's works at La Scala theatre. Even if she didn't know the answer, she told me "all'italiana" executions might as well include orchestra in the pit and costumes but no scene movements at all. Will edit my answer... –  Saturnix Dec 19 '13 at 17:01
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