Verona Opera Festival 2014

Every year, Verona plays host to a very special and popular event: the Opera Festival. Starting on 20th June and running until 7th September, this year’s festival celebrates the beginning of a new century of outstanding music at the Arena di Verona, which is the world’s largest outdoor stage, and has been aptly named “the Festival of the New Century”.

During the 11-week festival there will be 54 evening operas, showing 6 opera titles, including Madame Butterfly by Puccini, Carmen by Bizet and Roméo and Juliet by Gounod. It is sure, as always, that some of the world’s finest operatic performers and conductors will showcase at the event, including Andrea Battistoni, Henrik Nánási and Julian Kovatchev.

To find out more about our Opera Packages in Verona, visit our website or contact us.

June’s opening nights

So far, details of the following operas, taking place in June, have been released. Details of the operas taking place in July, August and September are available on our website.

20th June – 9 pm
Un Ballo in Maschera by Giuseppe Verdi.
Directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi.
Conducted by Andrea Battistoni.
Cast: Hui He and Virginia Tola in the role of Amelia; Francesco Meli and Stefano Secco as Riccardo; Luca Salsi and Dalibor Jenis as Renato; Elisabetta Fiorillo alternating with Sanja Anastasia and Elena Gabouri as Ulrica; and Serena Gamberoni and Natalia Roman alternating in the role of Oscar.

21st June – 9 pm
Carmen by Georges Bizet.
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
Conducted by Henrik Nánási alternating with Julian Kovatchev.
Cast: Ekaterina Semenchuk alternating with Anita Rachvelishvili and Ildikó Komlósi in the role of Carmen; Carlo Ventre, Mario Malagnini and Jorge de León as Don José;  Carlos Álvarez, Raymond Aceto and Dalibor Jenis as Escamillo; and Irina Lungu, Tatyana Ryaguzova, Rocio Ignacio and Natalia Roman as Micaela.

To celebrate 100 years of Carmen at the Arena, this performance will be transmitted on Classica HD (Sky, channel 138), with commentary by Silvia Corbetta.

28th June – 9 pm
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi.
Directed by Carlus Padrissa and Álex Ollé.
Conducted by Julian Kovatchev.
Cast: Hui He, Amarilli Nizza and Maria José Siri alternating in the role of Aida; Fabio Sartori, Walter  Fraccaro, Carlo Ventre and Marco Berti as Ramadès; Amneris will be played by Violeta Urmana alternating with Sanja Anastasia, Lucrecia Garcia and Ildikó Komlósi; Gennadii Vashchenko, Ambrogio Maestri, Davit Babayants and Luca Salsi will play Amonasro; and Ramfis will be performed by Raymond Aceto alternating with Marco Spotti and Vitalij Kowaljow.

To find out more about our Opera Packages in Verona, visit our website or contact us.

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