Your Night at the Verona Opera!
Verona is home to one of the oldest and largest Roman open-air arenas in the world. Every summer the arena opens its doors from late June to end August/beginning September time, for an array of wonderful classic operas.
Aida is the headline opera which is performed every year. Since the 100th anniversary 2 years ago, the arena organisers have treated opera buffs to not one but two different interpretations of this popular opera – you can view the newer scenery, with its mechanical sets, or instead go with a traditional style showing and enjoy the original staging, which have been intricately re-mastered to a high level.
Other wonderful operas, which vary each year include Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot, Carmen, Nabucco, Romeo & Juliet and Don Giovanni.
Only by sitting in either the Gold Central Stall (top level) or Central Stall (second level) can you witness these masterpieces with a proper seat and cushion. For those sitting further back, you get to experience the opera on stone step seating. Wherever you are seated, the acoustics are amazing, making sure you will hear every note in crystal clarity.
In terms of dress code, you need to be smart casual, especially if sitting in one of the top two level seating. However, don’t apply English weather to your thinking in regards to thicker layers as even up to midnight Verona can still be in the late 20’s Celsius and with a matching humidity.
If you want to make the most of your Verona Opera experience, you can visit the Arena Shop located onsite for anything from bookmarks, the CD music and libretto, to postcards and novelty items. Also worth a good look is the AMO – the Arena Museum located nearby where you can enjoy the old costumes and sets as you wander around the building. I would also recommend getting your Verona Pass Card stamped for the daytime visit to the Arena so that you can feel the history and see just how much work goes into transforming the venue for the evening’s performance.