Verona
Aida, The Barber of Seville & Turandot
From 20 June to 23 June 2024
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    Verona is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. Its historic centre contains such splendid buildings as the famous Ponte Pietra and the Torre dei Lamberti. The Piazza delle Erbe, with its magnificent winged lion in the centre of the square, is a delight to stroll around. In Piazza Dante, the author of the Divine Comedy (or at least his statue!) admires the Venetian-style arcades and sunny terraces of the square. It’s so good to live in this city of incomparable charm.

     

    And then there’s the Roman Arena. For the past 2000 years, the Arena has been the symbol and pride of Verona. In an indescribable atmosphere, the Arena presents masterpieces of the operatic repertoire in spectacular productions. The three operas on our visit all take place in a grandiose setting: Aida, The Barber of Seville and Turandot.

     

    Great spectacle guaranteed!

    The program
    Aïda by G. Verdi
    June 20, 2024
    The barber of Seville by G. Rossini
    June 21, 2024
    Turandot, G. Puccini
    June 22, 2024
    Thursday, June 20 – Verona

    At 9.30p.m., at the Arena of Verona :

     

    AÏDA, G. Verdi

     

    U.K.: Conductor

    Stefano Poda: Staging

     

    Marta Torbidoni : Aïda

    Gregory Kunde : Radamès

    Amartuvshin Enkhbat : Amonasro

    Rafal Siwek : Ramfis

    Agnieszka Rehlis : Amneris

    Riccardo Fassi : The King of Egypt

    Francesca Maionchi : The high priestess

    Ricardo Rados : A messenger

     

     

    In the beginning was… Aida. In 1913, the very first Verona Arena Festival presented Verdi’s opera. Since then, Aida has established itself as one of the festival’s flagship works, with almost 500 performances in various productions. In 2023, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the event (the war years explain the difference in dates!), the Arena presented a new production directed by Stefano Poda. Unanimously praised for its plastic beauty, it is this show that is being revived for this 101st edition.

    Although we still don’t know the vocal cast (last summer, Anna Netrebko sang the legendary Egyptian), we can already look forward to this performance led by the brilliant Stefano Poda, a veritable one-man band who directs, sets, costumes, lights and choreographs! A sumptuous, modern Aida, ideally suited to the excessiveness of the Verona Arena.

    Friday, June 21 – Verona

    At 9.30p.m., at the Arena of Verona:

     

    THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, G. Rossini

     

    George Petrou : Conductor

    Hugo de Ana: Staging

     

    René Barbera : The Count of Almaviva

    Mattia OlivieriFigaro

    Vasilisa Berzhanskaya : Rosina

    Paolo Bordogna : Don Bartolo

    Roberto Tagliavini : Don Basilio

    Marianna Mappa : Berta

    Nicolo Ceriani : Fiorello

     

    The Barber may come from Seville, but it’s a Verona favourite. In the grandiose setting of the Arena, Rossini’s opera loses none of its verve or dynamism. Hugo de Ana‘s staging, with its spectacular and breathtakingly beautiful flowers, is a joy to behold. It’s such a pleasure to admire this immense French garden on stage, brought to life by a host of extras and dancers! The costumes are not to be outdone, making this show one of the most popular with audiences. And then there’s the pleasure of Rossini’s music…

     

    As Verona is the place to be, the finest Italian Belcan singers will be on hand.

    Saturday, June 22 – Verona

    At 9.30p.m., at the Arena of Verona :

     

    TURANDOT, G. Puccini

     

    Michele Spotti : Conductor

    Franco Zeffirelli: Staging

     

     

    Anna Pirozzi : Turandot Princess

    Piero Giuliacci : Altoum

    Riccardo Fassi : Timur

    U.K. : Calaf

    Daria Rybak :Liù

    Youngjun Par : Ping

    Riccardo Rados : Pang

    Matteo Macchioni : Pong

    Nicolo Ceriani : A mandarin

    U.K. :The Executioner

    U.K. : Young Prince of Persia

     

    This production of Turandot is legendary. It is the performance directed by Franco Zeffirelli, the legendary Italian opera director who brought fame to La Scala and the Verona Arena. As a former assistant to Luchino Visconti, Zeffirelli had a taste for splendour, and his Turandot is one of the most spectacular productions ever seen in Verona. On stage, huge screens illustrated with dragons soon revealed a gigantic pagoda, brought to life by countless extras. The court of the Empress of China, as dreamt by Giacomo Puccini.

     

    Your hotel
    HOTEL DUE TORRI (*****)

    Located in the historic centre of Verona, a stone’s throw from Juliet’s famous balcony, Piazza Bra and the famous Arena, the Hotel Due Torri is the city’s most renowned 5-star hotel. Its elegant setting and typical Venetian decor make this luxurious hotel the ideal place for an unforgettable stay.

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    In charge of the destination
    Sophie Chaudru de Raynal
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