Opera Season at the Arena in Verone


The Opera Festival at the Arena of Verone opened in 1913 with the performance of Giuseppe Verdi's “Aida”, to celebrate the centenary of the artist's birth. People from all over the world attended the event. For ten years, during the two world wars, the Festival did not take place. Throughout the years the most performed opera has been the “Aida”, which has been regularly included in the program every season since 1992. The least performed opera on the other hand has been “Martha”, by Friedrich von Flotow, which was presented only twice in 1929.

The 92nd opera season will open Friday June 20th and will end Sunday September 7th with the opera “Aida”. This year a total of 54 performances have been scheduled, including six different operas and three special events.
The season will start off with a new production of Verdi's “un Ballo in Maschera”, directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi. George Bizet's “Carmen” was performed in the Arena for the first time exactly 100 years ago and will open on June 21st, directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Two conductors will alternate: Julian Kovatchev, and Henrik Nanasi.
Verdi's Aida will then be presented in its two versions: the futuristic version, and the one inspired by the original production of 1913. The program will then continue with Giacomo Puccini's “Turandot”, directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
On July 17th a gala concert will be held with Placido Domingo singing Verdi's most famous arias. July 22nd will be dedicated to ballet, with the performance of Roberto Bolle.
August will see the performances of Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana”, Puccini's “Madama Butterfly” , and Charles Gounod's “Roméo and Juliette”.
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