With summer long since passed, and Christmas just around the corner, it is hardly surprising that we are now all beginning to think about 2014 and the next holiday. Verona is perfect for a short break to the opera at the Arena di Verona, the second largest colosseum in Italy. Being able to enjoy the opera in outdoor surroundings with the fireflies filling the air is truly magical. The 2014 schedule boasts many popular operas including the annual favourite, Aida, and the much-missed last year Carmen. Both operas are for opera lovers and opera enthusiasts alike as feature larger than life sets, which are a feast for the eyes!
However, Italy has much more to offer than just opera in Verona. What could be more romantic than time in Venice combined with a night’s visit to the opera house, La Fenice? La Fenice is aptly named (the phoenix) as it has twice had the misfortune to be raised to the ground in fires. The first during the war, the other when the canal running alongside was drained for repair work. It has since then being restored to true glitzy fashion. In 2014 La Fenice offers many diverse operas, along with the more mainstream including La Traviata, Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni. Whilst this time the setting is firmly inside, La Fenice has true Venetian wealth on display with gorgeous statues and puts you right into the ambiance of opera.
Lastly, Milan’s La Scala opera house is another experience to add to your wish list. Even more famous than La Fenice, La Scala has a long history of being the capital city of opera. The 2014 schedule has something for everyone including Lucia di Lammermoor and Cosi Fan Tutte.
With all this to choose from, why not consider time in all three cities experiencing a different opera in each? You will certainly be culturally rewarded!