Arena di Verona Opera Festival returns to music capital

The Opera Festival lights up Verona's amphitheatre. Photo: Fondazione Arena di Verona

VERONA – The Arena di Verona, considered the largest open air opera theatre in the world, will host the 96th Opera Festival from June 22 to Sept 1 this year.

 Built in the 1st century A.D., the Verona’s stunning Roman amphitheatre, with a seating capacity of 13,500, is expected to welcome around half a million spectators to the annual summer event.

 The event will be headlined by performances of the Carmen, Aida, Turandot, Nabucco, along with various showings of Roberto Bolle and Friends, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Verdi Opera Night.

 Opera fanatics are drawn in to the northern Italian city which will, once again, open its doors to thousands of tourists, watching some of the world’s most renowned artists under the stars.

 Each year, the festival’s reach extends beyond the walls of Verona’s amphitheatre, showing off the city’s rich history, art and culture.

 Visitors can enjoy the city’s monuments, museums, churches, historic villas, prestigious wines and traditional cuisine amid the scenic surroundings of Lake Garda and the Prealps.

 Further information, including a full programme of the event and travel advice can be found on the Fondazione Arena di Verona website: