1913-2013 - Arena Opera Festival Centennial

Arena Opera Festival Centennial

Verona Summer 2013 will be characterized by the events of the celebration for Arena Opera Festival Centennial.
Arena Opera Festival was in fact inaugurated in 1913 with the famous Aida, produced by Giovanni Zenatello, who would have later discovered Maria Callas, and the stage set designed by deco architect Ettore Fagiuoli.
A part from the dramatic years of war, Arena Opera Festival continued to be an important yearly event in Verona attended by music lovers from all over the world and in 2013 will celebrate its hundredth 'birthday'.

aida fura dels baus

For the occasion the calendar of the events will be extended from June 14th until September 8th, with 58 opera shows and 3 gala evenings. Aida, most important among other Arena operas, will have two different productions, a new one designed by «Fura dels Baus» (in the picture a sketch for the setting) and a remake of the original 1913 stage set.
Art direction of 2013 Centennial Festival will be assigned to Placido Domingo. It is now many years since famous Spanish tenor has become an important collaborator of Verona festival.

Verdi Bicentennial

2013 will be also the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi birth. A further occasion for opera lovers to celebrate and attend important music events. Most operas performed at the Arena will be by the great Italian maestro.

The Events

Celebrations for Arena di Verona Opera Festival will not be just the performances inside the Roman amphitheater but will include also a wide series of events with shows, concerts, exhibitions in Verona theaters, squares, museums.
At the Opera Museum of Verona there will be important exhibitions related to the Centennial of Verona Opera Festival and to Verdi Bicentennial.
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91° Opera Festival of Arena - Verona. Summer 2013

New stage set - Directed by La Fura del Baus
June 14, 23, 27 - July 3, 7, 9, 14, 18, 21, 28 - August 3

June 15, 21, 29 - July 4, 11, 25 - August 1, 4, 11, 14, 18, 21 - September 5

June 22, 28 - July 5, 12, 19, 23, 26 - August 2, 8

July 6, 10, 24, 27

July 13

July 17

August 9, 13, 16, 23, 30

Remake of 2013 stage set
August 10, 17, 24, 29 - September 1, 3, 8

August 15

August 20

August 31 - September 4, 7

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