Arena of Verona, an evening at the Opera

Written by on June 3, 2021 in Festivals, Things to See & Do

Arena of Verona at night, lit up

Arena of Verona, an evening at the Opera in Italy

The Arena in Verona announced and confirmed the dates of the summer Opera Festival. The shows will run from 19th June – 4th September for year 2021.

The history of the Arena of Verona

The Arena was built in the 1st century A.D by the Romans on Piazza Bra, in the centre of Verona. However at that time this area was outside of the city walls. It is a Roman amphitheatre, an open-air venue that was used for all kinds of entertainment, music, art and sport performances. It is one of the best preserved ancient structure of its kind and has a big capacity of sitting 15 000 people for a performance.

The Arena’s inauguration and the first opera performance was in 1913. Showing the magnificent Opera, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, to celebrate the centenary of the artist’s birth.  Apart from the periods during the two World Wars, the opera festivals were running every summer.

Interesting fact that until 2011 when the sound reinforcement system was introduced, the opera productions never used microphones or loudspeakers.

In 2019 the Arena was hosting the prize giving ceremony of Giro d’Italia. And in 2026 will be hosting the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics held in Milan and  Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Even if you are not an opera fan, it is still a once in a lifetime experience to go to the Arena to watch one of this stunning performances. The atmosphere is unique with the glittering costumes and stage settings. Traditionally at the amphitheatre entrance, each spectator receives a candle. All these candles are lit together after the sunset, before the show’s beginning: the scenery is breathtaking!

seating area of Arena Verona for the opera festival

Useful Information: Hours and Prices of the Arena of Verona

The festival takes place during 50 evenings with five or six alternating productions. The best-known shows are the Aida, Turandot, Nabucco and Traviata are on this years’s list again.

The shows normally start at 20.30 in the evening.  You can get tickets from 28.00 euro for section 6, that is on each side of the Arena at the back. The most expensive tickets cost around 240 euro for the Platinum seating, that is the area right in front of the stage.

The Arena of Verona is certainly worth a visit even as a simple tourist, not attending the Opera performance. It is open on Monday from 13.30 to 19.30 and from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 to 19.30.

A full ticket costs € 10.00 while a reduced ticket (for groups, students and seniors over 60 years) costs € 7.50. Children aged 8 to 14 or schoolchildren pay only € 1.

More information on the Opera Festival in Arena of Verona.

Discover also the traditions and most famous Italian Carnivals.

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