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In the early years of last century, the famous tenor from Verona Giovanni Zenatello sang an opera aria in the Arena for few friends who had gathered there by chance. They soon realized how good the acoustic was in the 2000 years old Roman Amphitheater and decided to use it to perform a real opera. In 1913, anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Verdi, the Aida was staged in the Arena. This first representation was very important because it set a new scenographical style which, thanks to the size of this Roman Amphitheater, allowed the use of huge three-dimensional elements designed by the architect Ettore Fagioli, which enhanced the dramatic effect and soon had an enormous success. People came from all over the world to see the operas in Verona. After the first edition, the opera season in the Arena quickly became an international institution, the greatest lyric theater in the world, with a huge stage and seating for some 20,000 spectators per evening astonished in front of huge and elaborate stage sets. Maria Callas made her debut at the Arena in 1947 with the opera La Gioconda and in the 70s, at the Arena Opera Festival, sang also Pavarotti and Placido Domingo.
ARENA di VERONA 91° Opera Festival of Arena - Verona. Summer 2013
AIDA New stage set - Directed by La Fura del Baus June 14, 23, 27 - July 3, 7, 9, 14, 18, 21, 28 - August 3
NABUCCO June 15, 21, 29 - July 4, 11, 25 - August 1, 4, 11, 14, 18, 21 - September 5
LA TRAVIATA June 22, 28 - July 5, 12, 19, 23, 26 - August 2, 8
IL TROVATORE July 6, 10, 24, 27
MESSA DA REQUIEM July 13
GALA VERDI July 17
RIGOLETTO August 9, 13, 16, 23, 30
AIDA Remake of 2013 stage set August 10, 17, 24, 29 - September 1, 3, 8
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