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Arena di Verona Opera Festival
Since 1936, the Verona Arena has hosted the Opera Festival, one of the most important events for great opera music and ballet.
From Fri 7 Jun '24
to Sat 7 Sep '24
  Average number of events: 40
  Main activity: Opera
  Relevance: International
  Cultural landscape: The Verona Arena, a Roman amphitheater located in the historic center of Verona, an icon of the Venetian city.
 Founded by: Ottone Rovato, in 1913
  Organized by: Fondazione Arena di Verona
 Main location: Verona Arena Piazza Bra, 1 Verona (Veneto)
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 Address: Piazza Bra, 1, Verona (Veneto)
 Telephone: +390458005151

The Arena Opera Festival, or Arena di Verona Opera Festival, is an annual event held during the summer months since 1936. This festival goes beyond the celebration of opera, including non-operatic compositions and ballets in its program.

For over a hundred years (except for two brief interruptions during the great wars) every summer the Roman amphitheater has been transformed into the largest open-air opera house in the world.
Friday 7 June, 9.10pm
Special Event: Celebrating Opera as a World Heritage Site, the Ministry of Culture and the Verona Arena Foundation organize a unique gala.

Saturday 8 June, 9.30pm
Opera: “Turandot” by Giacomo Puccini, an opera that will make you fall in love with oriental fairy tales and legends.

Friday 14 June, 9.30pm
Opera: “Aida” returns with another ten spectacular evenings after the success of the 100th Festival.

Saturday 15 June, 9.30pm
Opera: Repeat of “Turandot”, for those who love oriental stories.

Thursday 20 June, 9.30pm
Opera: Other evenings dedicated to “Aida”, the record opera.

Friday 21 June, 9.30pm
Opera: “The Barber of Seville”, a fun opera that will make you fall in love with Figaro & Co.

Saturday 22 June, 9.30pm
Opera: New performance of “Turandot”.

Sunday 23 June, 9.30pm
Opera: “Aida” again to hypnotize the audience.

Thursday 27 June, 9.30pm
Opera: “The Barber of Seville”, returns to transport you to happiness.

Friday 28 June, 9.30pm
Opera: “Aida” continues to amaze with its magical evenings.

Saturday 29 June, 9.30pm
Opera: Last performance of “Turandot” in June.

Friday 5 July, 9.15pm
Opera: “Carmen” in a blockbuster production that reinvented the Arena show.

Saturday 6 July, 9.15pm
Opera: “The Barber of Seville” returns to entertain the Arena audience.

Sunday 7 July, 9.15pm
Opera: Another evening dedicated to “Aida”.

Thursday 11 July, 9.15pm
Opera: The series of performances of “Aida” continues.

Friday 12 July, 9.15pm
Opera: “The Barber of Seville” for an evening of fun.

Saturday 13 July, 9.15pm
Opera: “Carmen” returns with its blockbuster production.

Thursday 18 July, 9.15pm
Opera: Another opportunity to see “Aida”.

Friday 19 July, 9.15pm
Opera: “La Bohème” by Giacomo Puccini returns after thirteen years of absence.

Saturday 20 July, 9.15pm
Opera: “Carmen” once again on stage with its spectacular staging.

Sunday 21 July, 9.15pm
Opera: New performance of “Aida”.

Tuesday 23 July, 9.30pm
Ballet: “Roberto Bolle and Friends” brings great dance to the stage.

Wednesday 24 July, 9.30pm
Ballet: Second evening dedicated to “Roberto Bolle and Friends”.

And so on until the end of the festival, alternating evenings dedicated to the great operas "Aida", "Carmen", "The Barber of Seville", "La Bohème", and "Tosca", with special lyric-symphonic events such as "Carmina Burana ” and the ballet “Zorba the Greek” at the Roman Theater of Verona, ending with the special event dedicated to Plácido Domingo.
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Before the birth of the autonomous body, the Arena was used for various shows organized by private individuals. The first performance on 10 August 1913 was promoted by the Veronese tenor Giovanni Zenatello, who assumed the financial risk, and by the theater impresario Ottone Rovato, to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. In 1936, the Ente Autonomo Spettacoli Ririci Arena di Verona (Ente Lirico Arena di Verona) was created, which has managed the performances ever since.
1990 years of life since its construction in 30 AD between the reign of Augustus and the Kingdom of Claudius, the largest Roman amphitheater still in use with 98 Opera Seasons, 107 years since the first edition of the Festival, 30,000 actual seats, 31 meters high, an oval of 140 x 100 metres; on average per season 1260 people at work including 80 singers, 160 orchestra teachers, 158 choir artists, 32 minor choir artists, 15 Collaborating Masters, 54 dancers, 30 mimes and acrobats, 200 extras, 25 child extras, 5 stage managers, 4 assistant directors, 70 stage technicians, 22 electricians, 60 seamstresses and dressers, 4 people in costume management, 23 make-up artists and hairdressers, 4500 costumes and 325 hours of make-up, 48 people in charge of setting construction , 10 maintenance technicians, 12 instrument holders, 143 room masks, 48 backstage masks, 60 administrative employees. On average per season 50 evenings with over 400,000 spectators.
Arena di Verona Opera Festival
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