INTERVIEW – The famous Uruguayan soprano, a long time resident of Verona, returns to the Arena for the 95th Opera Festival with two performances of Aida – We have interviewed sopranoMaria José Siri, born in Uruguay but a long time resident of Verona, who during the 2017 edition of the Opera Arena Festival interpreted the role of Aida for two performances.  «After 13 years and 21 productions – explains Siri – my view of this noble princess continues to change from one production to the next, with different stage directors and conductors, so much that I can interpret her like

After debuting in the United States, his reputation also consolidated in Italy. He’s regular guest in Paris, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as well as in Tel Aviv, Verona, Florence, Madrid, Cologne and Barcelona – On Tuesday 15th August the Verona amphitheatre will resound to the world-famous notes of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Daniel Oren. With a natural talent, Oren developed his own particular interest for the Opera by the great Leonard Bernstein who in 1968 chose him, just thirteen years old, as lead vocalist in his Chichester Psalms’s for the inauguration of the Israel Television; in reality it was the

INTERVIEW –  Mr. Pirgu has already performed in the Arena in Don Giovanni and Rigoletto, while this year he is the tenor soloist for the Gala concert: «The Ninth Symphony is a musical miracle and the vocal quartet must give their very best in order to do it justice» – Tuesday,  August 15th, 2017, the Arena of Verona will host the Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Gala under the musical direction of Maestro Daniel Oren, with the participation of soprano Erika Grimaldi, contralto Daniela Barcellona, tenor Saimir Pirgu, bass Ugo Guagliardo, and the Orchestra and Chorus (the latter conducted by Maestro Vito Lombardi)

INTERVIEW – «The Arena of Verona is an artistic and cultural patrimony appreciated all over the world, an open air venue with all the difficulties that type of situation entail» – We met mezzo-soprano Annalisa Stroppa at the Festival of Bregenz where she is interpreting Carmen. As to the challenges presented by the open air situation for a singer and in particular the Bregenz production, the Brescia native mezzo stated that despite the hurdles entailed by the this sort of venue (for instance, orchestra and conductor are not there with you, though they are visible on a monitor), the appeal

Giuseppe Lugo was born on the 18th of June 1899 in San Giorgio in Salici (Verona). Later in his life he moved to Milan and Belgium, where he worked as a miner in Charleroi. During one of his performances in the Arena, twenty five thousand people came to see him, despite the fact that the amphitheatre can only hold fifteen thousand. In honour of the 80th anniversary of Giacomo Puccini’s Opera, Tosca will be staged in the Arena from the 5th to the 25th of August with Hugo de Ana‘s scenography. This Opera are seen many incredible performers, but no

Since 2010 there has been a sound installation in the Arena of Verona that enhances sound without altering its characteristics – Since 2010 the Arena of Verona has a sound system called sound enhancement.  Mario Di Cola is the designer and with the cooperation of K-Array Company and Musical Box they were able to introduce a system that enhances the sound produced by the orchestra and the actors on stage. This allows for every sound to reach every single area of the amphitheatre. This system doesn’t modify sound volume and doesn’t intefere with it, yet it allows it to be

In the summer of 1947 Renata Tebaldi debuted in the Arena of Verona with Gounot’s Faust, and Maria Callas debuted with Ponchielli’s Gioconda. The rise of two great stars and a rivalry that is still thrills fans all over the world. Exactly 70 years ago, in the summer of 1947, the audience of Verona saw the debut in the Arena of two young singers: the Italian Renata Tebaldi and the American with Greek origins Maria Callas. During that season Tebaldi was playing the role of Margherita in Gounot’s Faust, while Callas was Gioconda in Amilcare Ponchielli’s opera. The critics praised

INTERVIEW – Family first, a 48-years career, 444 performances of Aida, 10 times at the Arena. In Paris with Callas for the last Norma of the Divina. This year he was awarded the Maria Callas special career prize, 70 years after Callas’ debut at the Arena di Verona. He used to put on the make up by himself – 2017 is the anniversary of Maria Callas‘ debut at the Arena di Verona, which was of August 2nd 1947 with La Gioconda. 70 years later tenor Gianfranco Cecchele, an opera legend, is awarded the special career prize during the “Festival internazionale

INTERVIEW – a 51 year long career, 40 years from the debut in the Arena and 40 from the debut at La Scala, 3000 performances, 72 roles – We reached in Munich the legendary baritone Leo Nucci, where he was performing La Traviata at Bayerische Staatsoper. – Maestro Nucci, before you began your career as a singer you were actually doing something else… «For ten years I worked as a mechanic but I was also studying singing and music from 1951. On Sundays I worked in a bus company as a ticket agent on the 45 kilometers long route between

INTERVIEW – Antonio Cortella, 92 years: «Printing the posters, the brochures and then the annual book of the Arena di Verona Opera Festival. This was not just a job but a passion proceeding from the heart, and that’s the reason why we have become experts» – Antonio Cortella is telling about his passion, comfortably sitting in his living room from where we can see the roofs of Piazza Bra and the upper part of “his” Arena. The big monument is just there, behind the light curtains. In Summertime, when the terrace door is wide open, acting as a visual background