From 14th June to 8th September 2013, 58 performances for 6 titles and 4 Gala nights welcome you at the Arena di Verona for the 91st edition of the Opera Festival, dedicated to the great composer Giuseppe Verdi, on the occasion of the bicentennial of his birth.
In order to celebrate the first century of the Arena di Verona Opera Festival, and to inaugurate the next 100 years of great opera, the Centennial Festival 2013 will see the very well-known Plácido Domingo as Honorary Artistic Director; he will also be conductor and singer on the greatest stage in the world.
The new awaited set design of Aida by La Fura dels Baus will inaugurate the Festival. Aida, the opera in the Arena par excellence, will be also displayed in its 1913 Recalling by Gianfranco de Bosio, starting from 10th August. From 15th June, Nabuccowill be on stage, together with Verdi’s Popular Trilogy, composed by La Traviata (from 22nd June), Il Trovatore(from 6th July) and Rigoletto (from 9th August). From 31st August, also Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod, a permanent opera of the Arena repertoire, will be on stage.
Then we will enjoy Verdi’s music again, with Messa da Requiem, on 13th July: the Arena di Verona Orchestra and Chorus, together with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, will be conducted by Myung-Whun Chung. On 17th July, a Gala will be dedicated to the composer from Busseto, with three great conductors who will be protagonists on stage: Andrea Battistoni, Riccardo Frizza and Giuliano Carella.
2013 will also be the year of the bicentennial of the German composer Richard Wagner’s birth.
On 15th August, a Gala will be dedicated to him and to Verdi, starring the young and famous Daniel Harding, who will conduct Plácido Domingo together with the greatest singers of Wagner’s and Verdi’s repertoire, such as Evelyn Herlitzius, Violeta Urmana, Susanna Branchini, Francesco Meli, Vitalij Kowaljow.
Completes the programme the 20th August Gala, in which Daniel Oren will conduct the winners of the latest editions of the Operalia competition, promoted by the M° Domingo.
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