Carmen, Aida, La Bohème & Roberto Bolle
From 25 July to 28 July 2024

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    Verona is the romantic city by definition. Legend has it that Romeo and Juliet fell in love here in the Middle Ages. You can visit Juliet’s house and her tomb, but what visitors don’t know is that Romeo’s house is right next door! But Verona is also a city with timeless charm, thanks to the colour of its buildings, the sumptuousness of its palaces and its warm terraces that take on unreal colours as night falls.  For a bird’s eye view of the city, climb the bell tower of the Palazzo della Ragione.


    And then there’s the Roman Arena. What could be more romantic than listening to an operatic masterpiece in this fabulous testimony to Latin antiquity? In the exceptional setting of the amphitheatre, the Verona Arena Festival has been welcoming the world’s finest singers to spectacular opera productions since 1913. Our programme features three legendary love stories: Carmen, Aida and La Bohème. For those who also enjoy dance, there is the option of arriving a little early to enjoy the gala performance of Roberto Bolle, one of the choreographic stars of our time.


    Optional pre-arrival on July 24th

    The program
    Roberto Bolle - Verona (optional prearrival)
    July 24, 2024
    Carmen by G. Bizet
    July 25, 2024
    Aïda by G. Verdi
    July 26, 2024
    La Bohème by G. Puccini
    July 27, 2024
    Wednesday, July 24th – Verona (optional prearrival)

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




    U.K.: Choreographer

    Roberto Bolle: Star dancer


    Roberto Bolle is one of the legends of classical dance. At the age of twelve, he attended the Ballet School at La Scala in Milan. Rudolf Nureyev spotted his talent straight away, and it was at just 21 that he was appointed primo ballerino at La Scala. By his own admission, his favourite role was Romeo, which he performed with virtuosity, spontaneity and enthusiasm. So it’s only natural that Roberto Bolle should feel so at home in Shakespeare’s city of lovers! In the sumptuous setting of the Arena in Verona, dancer and choreographer Roberto Bolle presents a show in the company of his friends from the best companies in the world. A true deligh !



    Thursday, July 25 – Verona

    At 9.15p.m., at the Arena of Verona :


    CARMEN, G. Bizet


    Leonardo Sini: Conductor

    Franco Zeffirelli: Staging


    Clémentine Margaine : Carmen

    Roberto Alagna : Don José

    Aleksandra Kurzak : Micaëla

    Luca Micheletti : Escamillo

    Chiara Maria Fiorani : Frasquita

    Alessia Nadin : Mercédès

    Jan Antem : The Dancaïre

    Vincent Ordonneau : The Remendado

    Gabriele Sagona : Zuniga

    Fabio Previati : Moralès


    Carmen and the Verona Arena have a long-standing love affair. Bizet‘s opera was performed for the first time in 1914 (in other words, during the second edition of the Festival) and has since been performed several hundred times, making Carmen the second most performed opera at the Arena after Aïda. Among the many productions, Franco Zeffirelli‘s Carmen has taken pride of place. The famous Italian director recreates an ideal Spain with sumptuous sets and costumes. But it is in the genius of the movement that the show dazzles: every detail vibrates and breathes in a dazzling visual carousel. As always in Verona, the pleasure of the eyes is accompanied by the pleasure of the music. We don’t yet know the performer of the fiery gypsy, but Zeffirelli‘s setting is already sumptuous.

    Friday, July 26 – Verona

    At 9.15p.m., at the Arena of Verona :


    AÏDA, G. Verdi


    Daniel Oren : Conductor

    Stefano Poda: Staging


    Maria José Siri : Aïda

    Gregory Kunde : Radamès

    Amartuvshin Enkhbat : Amonasro

    Alexander Vinogradov : Ramfis

    Ekaterina Semechuk : Amneris

    Simon Lim : The King of Egypt

    Francesca Maionchi : The high priestess

    Carlo Bosi : 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.

    Saturday, July 27 – Verona

    At 9.15p.m., at the Arena of Verona :


    LA BOHÈME, G. Puccini


    Daniele Oren : Conductor

    Alfonso Signorini : Staging


    Vittorio Grigòlo : Rodolfo

    Juliana Grigoryan : Mimi

    Luca Micheletti : Marcello

    Fabio Previati : Schaunard

    Alexander VinogradovColline

    Eleonora Bellocci : Musetta

    Nicolò Ceriani : Benoît

    Salvatore Salvaggio : Alcindoro

    Ricardo Rados : Parpignol


    La Bohème has always been particularly cherished at the Verona Arena. With its recreation of Montmartre during the Belle Époque, Puccini’s opera makes for an extraordinary setting and a spectacular production. After Frenchman Arnaud Bernard in 2005, the name of the director who will offer his vision of the moving story of Mimi and Rodolfo for the 101st edition of the Verona Arena Festival has yet to be announced. There are many demands in such a setting: to ensure a sumptuous spectacle, but also to stay as close as possible to the emotions of the characters. And in this respect, Puccini’s music remains as it has been since its creation in 1896: an incredible flood of human feelings and passions. There’s no doubt that the hearts of the ten thousand spectators in the Arena will beat in tune with the music…


    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.

    HOTEL VERONA (***)

    Hotel Verona is a 5-minute stroll from the Arena of Verona. This elegant boutique hotel has a contemporary decor. Guest rooms feature LCD TVs, while most have free Wi-Fi.

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