Verona Arena Opera Festival 2019: the most famous operas on stage from 21th June in the city of Romeo and Juliet
Verona Arena Opera, confirming the past event’s success, also this year the Arena is the spectacular setting for the Opera Festival 2019 in Verona.
The 97th edition will stage from 21st June to 7th September: three intense months, five operas, three special events, 51 shows and 80 soloists from all over the world along with illustrious supporting singers. In the city of Romeo and Juliet.
The new production by Zeffirelli of Verdi’s Traviata, the world’s best-known and most performed opera, will inaugurate the 2019 Opera Festival.
The program will include four more mainstays of the great Arena repertory: Aida and Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi masterpieces like the inaugural opera, will be followed by Carmen by Georges Bizet and Tosca by Giacomo Puccini.
The world’s largest opera show is about to begin, thanks also to the professionalism of Fondazione Arena di Verona’s artists and technicians, with its numerous mimes and extras.
Verona Arena Opera Festival 2019: operas on stage from 21th June
Three special events are also in program:
- Placido Domingo 50 Arena Anniversary Night for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Arena debut of Maestro Domingo, a true legend of the international opera scenario
- Roberto Bolle and Friends is returning for two dates under the banner of great dance
- The prestigious appointment with the symphonic music of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
The 2019 Festival will open on 21st June at 9 pm, with a new production of La Traviata, one of Verdi’s most popular and successful operas, which is sure to intrigue and fascinate Arena di Verona’s international audiences for 11 evenings.
In the opera world, Maestro Zeffirelli’s new Traviata will be one of the artistic events of 2019.
For the make-up of the new Traviata, the creative team has the benefit of an important collaboration: the face charts for the leading characters were created by make-up designer Michele Magnani, global senior artist with M.A.C. Cosmetics.
28 June (9 pm)
11, 19, 25 July (9 pm)
1, 8, 17, 22, 30 August (8:45 pm)
5 September (8:45 pm)
On 22nd June, Verdi’s Aida, regina of the Arena, debuts on the second evening of the Festival and will end the summer season.
Magnificently directed by Gianfranco de Bosio with the choreography of Susanna Egri, the performance recreates the first 1913 Aida in the Verona amphitheatre.
27 June (9 pm)
5, 9, 12, 21, 24, 28 July (9 pm)
3, 9, 18, 25, 28, 31 August (8:45 pm)
3, 7 September (8:45 pm)
The third Verdi opera on the 2019 program is Il Trovatore.
Staged for 5 evenings from 29th June in the scenographic production created by Franco Zeffirelli (director and scenographer) in 2001, with costumes by Raimonda Gaetani.
After the three almost sold-out performances with the divine Anna Netrebko, there will be the beautiful Italian voice of Anna Pirozzi, an “extraordinary dramatic coloratura soprano”.
Further performances: 4, 7, 20, 26 July (9 pm)
From 6th July, for 10 dates there will be the other great protagonist of Arena programmes: Bizet’s Carmen.
The masterly production by Hugo de Ana with the choreography of Leda Lojodice, will bring a timeless story to the world’s largest opera stage, narrated with the colours of the Spanish twentieth century.
10, 13, 18, 23, 27 July (9 pm)
2, 24, 27 August (8:45 pm)
4 September (8:45 pm)
By the great Argentinean director, scenographer and costume designer there will also be his acclaimed production of Puccini’s Tosca.
The opera will once again be staged from 10th August at 8:45 pm for 5 evenings, with the elegant symbolic production created in 2006.
16, 23, 29 August at 8:45 pm
6 September at 8:45 pm
The cast alternates great international stars, habitué of the world’s most prestigious stages, established names and great experts of the complex reality of the Arena, and emerging young artists also.
Among the singers there will definitely be no lack of important artists, in terms of voices and as far as stage presence and acting are concerned.
Verona Arena Opera Festival 2019, we hope you will enjoy your holidays in Verona.
Article by Martina Zanetti
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