The Verona Opera

Verona is a city in Northern Italy’s Veneto region, it is famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and is home to one of the world’s best preserved ancient structures, the ‘Arena di Verona’ a magnificent Roman amphitheatre full of history dating back thousands of years.

Built during the first century AD the amphitheatre became the world’s first open-air theatre for opera and is home to the spectacular Verona Opera. With a venue so breath-taking, dramatic and impressive grab your most elegant clothes and let the performance begin.

Opera has deep Italian roots so any performance viewed at the Arena di Verona will be an authentic experience. Aspiring from the musical performance and shows that became popular in the European courts during the 1500s, opera can be an immensely emotional experience, add into that the venue and you can be sure of an evening that will move you in many ways.

An opera story is as full and varied as you could possibly envision and covers many themes from history, legends or myths that are brimming with emotions from intense passionate love to death and heartbreak. Operas are told in the most magical ways through singing, dancing, drama, visual performance enhancements and music so powerful it will intensify the stories meanings and emotions, some operas are deeply serious but some are actually rather comical.

As you can imagine watching an opera in the setting of the Roman amphitheatre will be very dramatic and immensely overwhelming, the musical acoustics and spectacle of the show will create an atmosphere like no other theatre could, add to that the 15,000 people also enjoying the show you are sure to have an experience you will never forget.

When visiting the opera it is important to fully immerse yourself in the experience and dressing for the occasion is all part of the enjoyment along with absorbing the history of the world-famous surroundings and allowing yourself to be captivated by the emotion and drama of the performance. A great tip is to read up on the history and story of the performance you are viewing before the show begins so that the performance is truly meaningful. An opera can last over 4 hours so being prepared is a good way to fully enjoy the story while letting your mind disappear into the magical and mesmerising history of the story and the surroundings.

The Arena di Verona has a summer Opera programme that hosts many of the world’s most famous operas from Carmen, Aida, Nabucco and many more. Family and friends will be left speechless when you relive the memories of sitting elegantly dressed in the middle of a world-famous Roman masterpiece while enjoying a performance. Whatever story you see the wonders of the Verona Opera will stay with you forever.