Photos courtesy of Fondazione Arena di Verona

The Opera in Verona

A not to be missed summer appointment for opera lovers is a performance at the atmospheric Arena di Verona.

The arena was built in AD30 to stage ludi* and the amphitheatre could host 30,000 spectators in ancient times.  The first operas were performed here in 1913 in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi and nowadays over 500,000 people enjoy opera here every year.

Performances traditionally begin at dusk and spectators bring small candles which are lit as darkness falls.

The 2015 season runs from 19th June until 6th September and operas being performed are:

  • Aida
  • Tosca
  • Nabucco
  • Don Giovanni
  • Romeo & Juliette
  • The Barber of Seville

This is an opportunity to not only visit Verona, the city of Romeo & Juliet, but also to get to know this lovely part of Italy.

We can organise for you:

  • Accommodation in Verona
  • Tickets in the stalls with numbered chairs and red velvet cushions
  • Visit to Sirmione on Lake Garda with lunch in a special restaurant on the banks of the River Mincio
  • Services of a local guide/art historian

* Ludi are games