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100th Arena di Verona Open Festival 2023

18th July 2022

Fondazione Arena di Verona has announced a spectacular festival for 2023, to celebrate the one hundredth Arena Opera Festival. The audience will be presented with the most successful, repeated works performed in the amphitheatre during the 100 seasons since 1913. There will be 50 unrepeatable performances in just under three months! The traditional opening weekend will be on the 16th-17th June 2023.  

The Arena di Verona has been a performative venue since the staged battles of Ancient Rome, and in 1913 an incredible performance of Aida was put on, the opera that now symbolises the amphitheatre. Followed by seven of the other most popular operas, including Carmen, Rigoletto, and The Barber of Seville, each production will be filled with historical grandeur to fill the immense stage. The date with opera and symphony will see the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Alla Scala, Milan as its stars, combining two symbols of Italian music culture. 

Superintendent and Artistic Director, Cecilia Gasdia, the first woman at the head of the world's largest theatre commented Season 100 is a crucial occasion in the story of a musical institution, and we want it to be a celebration for everyone. It will showcase our identity, our history, and our present, but above all it will provide a taste of our future, starting with the key factors: the world's top performers - the main purpose of this great Theatre - and the sets, a feast for the eyes, on an exceptional, astounding stage. As ever, the audience will be the true focus of our plans and the ultimate recipients of the magical experience that is opera in the  Arena.” as she prepares to make history with the spectacular festival.