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The Arena Opera Festival in Verona is the oldest open air opera festival in the world. Held at the Arena di Verona, the Arena Opera Festival 2016 will offer culture lovers a feast of sublime music and spectacular performances.
The event has taken place since 1913 when it opened with a performance of Aida. Since then, almost every summer has seen the Roman theatre in Verona transformed into a spellbinding setting for authentic Italian opera. Despite early doubts, the amphitheatre has served beautifully as an opera venue, with plenty of viewing angles and excellent acoustics. There can be few more romantic and magical places to see Verdi or Bizet's masterpieces being performed.
In 2016, the schedule includes open-air performances of some of the most famous operas of all. Visitors can enjoy Carmen, Aida, La Traviata, Il Trovatore and Turandot, in a truly unique setting.
Witness the romantic, exotic yearning of Puccini's Turandot, with a production masterminded by film director Franco Zeffirelli. Watch the tragedy of La Traviata unfold under the guidance of Hugo de Ana or just soak up the colour and energy of Zeffirelli's Carmen - a true audio and visual treat.
The program also includes other cultural delights. Dance fans can see master dancer Roberto Bolle and live music performances will be held around the city to coincide with the Arena Opera Festival 2016.
Gates open on 24th June, when the festival begins with a performance of Carmen. You can be there to witness the spectacle by arranging flights to Verona with Air Dolomiti on the opening weekend. The program continues, with Aida opening on 25th June, La Traviata on 2nd July, Turandot on 23rd July and Il Trovatore on 6th August. All summer long, there will be opportunities to fly out and join one of the world's premier operatic events, so pencil the Arena Festival into your cultural calendar.
If you are a long-term opera aficionado, or you want an introduction to the art form, a visit to this extraordinary cultural event is a must. Getting there is simple with Air Dolomiti, with plenty of flights to Verona on offer this summer.
Treat yourself and soak up the atmosphere in the unique setting of the Arena di Verona. With performances from late June until 28 August, there should be one that fits your cultural schedule, but don't miss out.
Photo courtesy of Fondazione Arena di Verona