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Macerata Opera Festival 2024 – 60th anniversary
An unmissable event held in the historic Sferisterio of Macerata, a masterpiece of neoclassical architecture.
From Tue 9 Jul '24
to Sun 11 Aug '24
  Average number of events: 10
  Main activity: Opera
  Relevance: National
  Cultural landscape: The Sferisterio, one of the most important examples of Neoclassical architecture
 Founded by: Carlo Perucci, in 1967
  Organized by: Arena Sferisterio Association
 Main location: Sferisterio Piazza Nazario Sauro Macerata (Marche)
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 Address: Piazza Nazario Sauro, Macerata (Marche)
 Telephone: +390733261334

The arena, with almost 2500 seats, 104 boxes and an impressively sized stage, boasts natural acoustics ideal for opera. Artists of the caliber of Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé and Placido Domingo have performed in this evocative setting, contributing to the international fame of the festival. Memorable productions such as Ken Russell's La bohème and Josef Svoboda's Traviata degli Specchi have left an indelible mark on the history of the festival.

The Macerata Opera Festival celebrates its sixtieth anniversary in 2024 with an important program. Among the highlights we find the new stagings of “Turandot” by Giacomo Puccini, “Norma” by Vincenzo Bellini, and “La Bohème” by Puccini, as well as two special evenings dedicated to the music of Ennio Morricone and the gala concert “Notte di Moon".  
“Turandot” will be directed by Francesco Ivan Ciampa, with direction and sets by Paco Azorín. The cast includes Olga Maslova as Princess Turandot and Angelo Villari as Prince Calaf. Performances are scheduled for July 19th and 28th, and August 3rd and 10th.

“Norma”, directed by Fabrizio Maria Carminati and directed by Maria Mauti, will see Marta Torbidoni in the main role. Performances are scheduled for July 20 and 26, and August 4 and 9.

“La Bohème”, under the direction of Valerio Galli and directed by Leo Muscato, will present Yusif Eyvazov and Mariangela Sicilia in the main roles of Rodolfo and Mimì. The dates are July 27, August 2, 7 and 11.

The “Moon Night”, a gala concert involving numerous artists to celebrate the 60 editions of the festival, will be held on 21 July.

“Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff, directed by Andrea Battistoni, will have only one performance on August 8.

The “Notte Morricone” evening, which celebrates the music of composer Ennio Morricone with choreography by Marcos Morau, is scheduled for August 1st.
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The Arena Sferisterio Association, established on 22 December 1986 by the Municipality and Province of Macerata, is the driving force behind the Macerata Opera Festival, the flagship event of the opera season which takes place in the historic Sferisterio. This structure, an excellent example of neoclassical architecture, was designed by the architect Ireneo Aleandri and inaugurated in 1829, financed by the Cento consorti, wealthy citizens of Macerata. Originally intended for the game of ball with bracelet, the Arena hosted a variety of public events, later becoming, in 1921, a stage for opera with the ambitious production of Verdi's Aida, met with great success.

The operatic tradition was interrupted after promising beginnings, only resuming in 1967, after an interruption caused by the Second World War. Since then, the Sferisterio has established itself as one of the most important venues for opera, thanks also to the work of Carlo Perucci, artistic director for twenty-eight years, who contributed significantly to its rebirth and success that continues to this day.  
The qualification of traditional theatre, recognized by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, underlines the festival's contribution to the valorisation of local artistic and musical traditions.


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