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Held at the Arena di Verona, the Arena Opera Festival 2017 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 enjoy Verdi or Puccini's masterpieces.
The 2017 edition of the Verona Arena Opera Festival presents a calendar full of events that are not to be missed. The oldest open-air opera festival in the world will open on June 23rd with Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, before continuing with classics of opera such as Aida, Rigoletto, Madame Butterfly and Tosca.
Every show will be staged in the inspiring surroundings of Verona's amphitheatre, where lavish stage sets vividly bring the enchanting and heart-breaking stories of opera to life. But opera isn't the only attraction. Visitors can also see a masterful ballet performance by Roberto Bolle on July 17th, or attend a gala Beethoven concert on August 15th. It's a feast of high culture, staged in a sublime setting.
However, opera will be taking centre stage. You will have the chance to see the acclaimed 2013 production of Aida by the Catalan company La Fura dels Baus, which seeks to recreate the 1913 staging. There will be a new production of Verdi's Rigoletto directed by Ivo Guerra, as well as an opportunity to witness Franco Zeffirelli's beautiful set designs for Madame Butterfly by Puccini.
If you want to experience the beautiful arias, the intense emotion and the sheer beauty of the spectacle, book your flight and take a seat in the stands at Italy's most famous summer theatre. Just choose your favourite show and book your tickets for the Verona Arena Opera Festival.
Photo courtesy of Fondazione Arena di Verona