For operatic grandeur executed with that unmistakeable Italian flourish and zest for life, Milan’s feted La Scala more often than not grabs the garlands as well as the gushing reviews.
But hold on a second, opera fans. Rivalries run deep, from Italian city to Italian city. And for our money, when it comes to sheer drama in an incomparable setting.
Milan may have to grudgingly concede its crown as the home of the arias to Verona, and its magnificent opera festival. The venue in Verona isn’t half bad, either!
Verona’s long-established operas have the proud boast of staging its productions in the Arena di Verona, the first century Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra, as the most majestic of outdoor venues for high musical art performed on a grand scale. You can almost smell the citrusy scents of balmy Italian nights from here.
Verona's famous annual summer opera festival hosts the finest performances of the genre's most internationally-acclaimed exponents performing opera's greatest works.
Verdi dn Puccini
And the operas of Verdi and Puccini are often very much to the fore, you won't be surprised to hear.
The summer of 2018 might seem a long way off. But believe us, it’s not – especially when it comes to booking well in advance for the hottest of hot tickets which are those for the Verona Opera Festival.
Spellbinding summer performances in the magic of the open-air Arena di Verona in 2018 will include Carmen by Bizet, Puccini’s Turandot (directed by the great Franco Zeffirelli, no less), Verdi’s Nabucco, Rossini’s Barber of Seville and Aida by that man Verdi again, performed against the backdrop of the production’s original 1913 set design.
The 2018 summer opera season in Verona will run from June 22 to August 26, with five different operas to choose from. Or all of them – why not? - if you’re a serious buff.
Choose from the best deals and your Verona experience will include a couple of magical opera performances in the arena, a boat trip on the incomparable Lake Garda, wine-tasting and illuminating talks about the music, courtesy of opera experts.