It was inaugurated in June 2012 in Verona the Opera Museum AMO: Arena Museum Opera. The museum is housed in the prestigious Palazzo Forti, few minutes from piazza delle Erbe, Verona city center.
The aim of the Opera Museum is to create a place in Verona, a city that is world wide famous for its opera festival, where the Italian operatic culture could be divulged through the exhibition of original documents and using multimedia installations. The visitor will be accompanied through the extraordinary creative process of staging an opera.
The exhibition of the Opera Museum will have permanent and temporary sections through which it will be possible to have a constant link and interaction with various operas represented every year at the Arena Festival.
In the sumptuous frescoed rooms of palazzo Forti, it will be possible to admire autogrpahic scores, letters, notes of some of the greatest composers such as Verdi, Bellini, Rossini, Puccini, Donizetti, together with costumes, parts of stage set used in operas, pictures, original sketches made by famous stage set and costume designers.
Exhibited materials have historical and documentary status and are coming mainly from the glorious Ricordi Historical Archive and from the Arena Opera Festival Archive.
The display is completed by multimedia installation that through music and images help the visitors to get absorbed by the magic atmospheres of the opera.
The Opera Museum of Verona is divided in 7 sections organized in 15 rooms through which is possible to admire the great work behind the performance of an opera. A work that is often given for granted by those that are on the other side of the stage.
The first section it the one dedicated to the libretto, the story from which starts the creative process that ends with the representation of an opera.
On display there are the original librettos for Rigoletto and La Traviata, this one with handwritten notes, and those of the Aida, Il Torvatore, Turandot and Tosca.
Following section is the one dedicated to the music, the beating heart of every opera. Here are displayed for the first time in Italy, some autographic scores from Ricordi Archives. Aida, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, Turandot and Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. They are unique documents of the creative process of great composers on which it is possible to find notes, scribblings, changings of mind.
The next step in the creative process of the opera is the stage set. In this section of the Museum of the Opera in Verona you will find the original sketches of famous stage set designers. From the Ricordi Archive there are the drawings for Tosca by Hohenstein, for Aida by Magnani and for Rigoletto by Mario Sala.
From Fondazione Arena are coming the sketches of the stage set for the first representation of the Aida at the Arena by Ettore Fagiuoli.
An entire room of Museum Opera Verona (AMO) is dedicated to the stage set of Aida in the Fondazione Arena di Verona production by Franco Zeffirelli. Surrounded by blue velvet it will like being on stage.
Of course an important part of the museum is dedicated to the voices of the opera, with multimedia installations that allow to hear some of the most famous opera songs: "Se quel guerrier io fossi!" from Aida, "Tu che di gel sei cinta" from Turandot, "Di quella pira" from Il Trovatore, "Libiamo nel lieti calici" from La Traviata.
Multimedia installations with footage and interviews show the visitors the complex work behind the making of stage costumes, from the design, cut, sowing, decoration, etc. From the tailor laboratory of the Arena di Verona comes some of the costumes used in the representation of operas on stage.
In the last room of the Opera Museum of Verona, comfortably seated, it will be possible to assist to some of the operas from past seasons at the Arena of Verona: Aida, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Tosca, Turandot and Roméo et Juliette.
Former home of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Verona, Palazzo Forti has been the residence of the ruthless middle age lord Ezzelino da Romano. It then became the house of the noble family Emilei that also gave hospitality to Napoleon while in Verona. Rooms and ceilings are all decorated with gorgeous frescoes, the ideal setting for the atmosphere of the opera.
The Opera Museum of Verona is available for private events and can become the ideal location for presentation, promotional events, receptions, weddings.
The tourist guides of Verona are available for guided tours inside the Opera Museum as part of an itinerary dedicated to the special relationship between the town of Verona and its Opera Festival.
For all those that are in Verona for the Opera at the Arena, a guided tour of Verona and its Opera Museum can become the ideal way to start an unforgettable evening.
For further information about the AMO, Arena Opera Museum in Verona, about operas or to book a guided tour in Verona:
Transfer on private car with driver from airport or train station to the chosen hotel Two nights in double room in three stars hotel close to Verona city center Breakfast in hotel Opera Tickets, two performances Verona Card granting free access to major Verona museums and monuments