International Opera Festival in Verona

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when:Jun - Sep 2012 (annual)
where:Arena di Verona

Verona's International Opera Festival, one of the Italian cultural must-sees, takes place in the Arena, an ancient Roman amphitheatre. Some 50 large-scale performances of works by Puccini, Mozart, Verdi and others are lit by candles distributed to the audience.
The programme in 2010 included Verdi's Aida, Puccini's Turandot and Madama Butterfly, Georges Bizet's Carmen and Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi.

Up to 22,000 spectators at a time are able to delight both in the amazing historical setting and the fantastic acoustics of the ancient monument, as well as in the world-class performers the festival attracts.

The first festival was organised in 1913, when a group of friends decided that the ancient arena would be a spectacular venue for Aida. It was attended by thousands of opera fans, critics, journalists and musicians from all over the world, and among the spectators were the writers Franz Kafka and Maxim Gorky, as well as Puccini. Billed as one of the greatest music events of the early-20th century, it set a precedent which the organisers have happily managed to live up to over the years.

It is advisable to book tickets well in advance because they sell out quickly. You can make your bookings online and there are sales outlets across Europe - please visit the Arena di Verona website for details.

Performances really come alive in this fantastic venue, even if wild cats can be seen, on occasion, walking across the stage area during performances!
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Contact Details
Name:International Opera Festival Ticket Office
Phone:+39 045 80 05 151
Venue Information:Arena di Verona
Full Name:Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy
Address:1 Piazza Brà Verona 37121, Italy
Directions:Bus: 11, 12, 13 to Piazza Bra
Contact Details:Arena di Verona
Phone:+39 045 800 5151 (box office)

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