A Night at the Opera
Submitted by admin on 12 Jul 2015
I've just had the chance to be in Verona and see one of the world-famous opera productions in the Roman arena in the heart of the city. This is something to be recommended to any traveller to Italy who is visiting between mid June to early September as it is truly one of Italy's greatest spectacles.
Even if you know little about the world of opera, the experience of sitting in this historic setting in the open air is unforgettable, listening to the huge sound of the orchestra and enjoying the lavish sets and lighting.
Tickets are not difficult to order on-line and there is a range of pricing, which means that it does not have to prohibitively expensive. Unreserved seating on the stone steps on the outer edge of the arena can be purchased for around €26.00 each. At the other end of the scale official seats in the gold section in the centre on a First Night can cost up to €226.00 per ticket.
This year productions of Aida, Tosca, Nabucco and Don Giovanni are being staged, and the 2016 season will include Carmen, Aida, La Traviata, Turandot and Il Trovatore.
The first performance was held in 1913 to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi and, with the exception of a couple of years during the World Wars, they have continued annually ever since.
For more information on these wonderful productions visit www.arena.it/arena/en.