Cavalleria Rusticana - Pagliacci
A world-famous award-winning director and one of the few Italians of his generation who has managed to unite Cinecittà and Hollywood with important international successes, Gabriele Muccino is debuting on one of the world’s most thrilling prestigious stages with the opera direction of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, the inaugural double bill of the 2020 Opera Festival at the Arena di Verona.
The new production of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, which is opening the season on 13th June, will therefore feature another date not to be missed on 8th August: in fact, tenor Roberto Alagna and soprano Aleksandra Kurzak will be the couple performing in the roles of the protagonists of the Mascagni and Leoncavallo masterpieces, for a great gala evening.
The ‘Queen’ of the Arena di Verona’s Opera titles Aida, will be staged from June 20th 2020, in 16 performances with the impressive production created in 2002 by the genius of Franco Zeffirelli, who recreates an ancient Egypt that is magnificent and multi-coloured, thanks also to the iconic costumes created by Anna Anni, on a set dominated by a huge golden pyramid, expressly conceived and designed for the Arena’s wide spaces.
Starting from June 27th, Turandot by Giacomo Puccini will go on stage under the skillful direction of Franco Zeffirelli.
The imposing cinematographic production by Franco Zeffirelli reproduces Imperial China thanks to its impressive scenery and large crowd scenes, and is enriched by the sumptuous costumes by Academy Award winning Japanese costume designer Emi Wada. Everything contributes to highlighting the atmosphere of the drama of enigmas per excellence, where life itself is at risk and the response is in the love that will melt the protagonist’s icy heart. Princess Turandot, who refuses to be seduced by any man, plays with the lives of her suitors, certain that nobody will win her challenge. Only Calaf will manage to really win the heart of Turandot and thus overcome the distance that keeps the princess far from true love.
Jonas Kaufmann Gala Event
The Jonas Kaufmann Gala Event on 28th June is the first of the special events on the program and will be an unmissable event whose protagonist will be Jonas Kaufmann, the famous German tenor contended by theatres all over the world, finally on his eagerly awaited Arena debut.
“I am very happy to announce my debut in Verona, where I came many times as a student and always wondered what it would feel like to sing in front of that immense crowd in that special place. The opportunity never occurred, but now it has finally arrived.”
In case of cancellation of the performance, the “Jonas Kaufmann Gala Event” will take place on June 29th 2020.
Nabucco will be performed for 9 evenings in the stage design signed by Arnaud Bernard.
Domingo Opera Night
Plácido Domingo is coming back at the Arena di Verona in 2020 for a Gala Evening.
On 7th July there will be an unforgettable evening on which the shining star will be Plácido Domingo. In fact, the Domingo Opera Night will be a unique opportunity for running through his stellar career by means of some of the performances that made him world-famous.
Roberto Bolle and Friends
The special Ballet event Roberto Bolle and Friends returns to the Arena for the 98th Arena Opera Festival. For approximately twenty years, the now famous Roberto Bolle and Friends, conceived and directed by the Étoile of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, has continued to attract thousands of fans and curious people and since 2014 at the Arena has had even larger audiences, drawn by the unique nature of the event and the setting. The spectacular Gala, launched at the desire of Roberto Bolle himself, brings great dance to locations not normally reached by this art form, and continues to astonish and fascinate, with new performers and new experiments combining art and technology, classical and contemporary ballet.
The Stars of Opera
It will be a special event in which Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov together with Daniela Barcellona and Ambrogio Maestri conducted by Marco Armiliato will be the Stars of Opera for the 2020 Opera Festival.
La Traviata goes on the stage in the stage design signed by Franco Zeffirelli, the last great Master of Italian direction. The production takes the form of the ultimate synthesis of his aesthetic thoughts on Traviata.
Gala IX Sinfonia
The Symphony No. 9 by L. V. Beethoven will resound in the ancient walls of the Verona amphitheatre in a spectacular light and music show. Symphony No. 9 in D minor for soloists, chorus and orchestra, Op. 125 is the last symphony completed by Ludwig van Beethoven, and was commissioned by the London Philharmonic Society in 1817. The main composition work was done between 1822 and 1824, the date of the autograph’s completion; Beethoven had conceived the idea of writing two symphonies of an unusual dimension and nature, one purely instrumental, the other with the inclusion of vocal parts. These two projects were joined by a third, which gave the work unity and fulfilment: the idea of setting the Ode to Joy by Friedrich Schiller to music. In fact, political freedom and freedom of thought, the essence of Enlightenment Joy and the key concept of the ode by Schiller, was an issue very dear to Beethoven, who had adopted these ideals permeated in lay piety and a surge of universal brotherhood.
Walking through the streets of the city is a rich sensory experience as you pass by the palaces, churches, bridges and ancient stones that speak of an extraordinary history. Picture a great piazza with a Roman Amphitheatre at its centre. This is Piazza Bra, the heart of Verona. Here, between the porticoes and the ribbon of outdoor cafés, the Arena stands testament to the city's ancient past. On summer nights, the magical sounds of the open-air Opera performed here infuse the city with life and a sense of spectacle that is unique and unforgettable.
Surrounded by green hills and the meandering Adige River, Verona has a special relationship with nature. Only a short distance from Lake Garda with its fjord-like landscape and Mediterranean vegetation, the lake influences not only the climate of Verona but also the lifestyle of its people. Nestled in the rolling hills of Valpolicella (a region famed for its production of quality wines), Verona is perfumed by the surrounding countryside and the nearby alpine mountains - both of which, as they change through the seasons, affect a change upon the city centre.
Il Sogno di Giulietta is a Relais de Charme located in Verona. It is the only accommodation inside the courtyard of Juliet, opposite the famous balcony narrated by Shakespeare.
An important renovation gave birth to this reality that counts 16 rooms decorated with antique furniture and adorned with antique rugs , curtains and fine art objects. The rooms are situated on two sides of the house, some have a direct view of Juliet's balcony , the other on the elegant Via Cappello, a pedestrian street in the historical center of Verona.
From 7:30 p.m. the access gate to the courtyard is closed and the guests can enjoy the incomparable atmosphere of the garden at night attended by Romeo and reach their rooms through a unique path.