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

Verona, August 15th 2017, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Daniel Oren, Orchestra and Chorus of the Arena di Verona, solo voices of Erika Grimaldi (soprano), Daniela Barcellona (contralto), Saimir Pirgu (tenor, interview) and Ugo Guagliardo (bass). We thank the Fondazione Arena for the kind concession of the images.

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

Tosca is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 14th January, 1900. Roles Floria Tosca, a celebrated singer (soprano) Barone Scarpia, chief of Police (baritone) Mario Cavaradossi, a painter (tenor) Cesare Angelotti, former

Nabucco (short for Nabucodonosor ) is an Italian-language opera in four acts composed in 1841 by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera. The opera was first performed at La Scala in Milan on 9 March 1842. Roles Nabucco, King of Babylon (baritone) Ismaele, nephew of the King of Jerusalem (tenor) Zaccaria, high

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

Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo. The Opera had its premiere on 11 March 1851 at Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Roles Rigoletto, the Duke’s jester (baritone) Gilda, his daughter (soprano) Duke

Madama Butterfly, a japanese tragedy, is an opera in three acts (originally two) by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The original version of the opera, in two acts, had its premiere on 17 February 1904 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Roles Madama Butterfly

The characteristics of universality borne by the symphony resound like a manifesto in the final chorus, exhorting men and women throughout the world to embrace each other in a brotherly manner. Daniel Oren: «The Ninth Symphony is one of the compositions

Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Set in Egypt, it was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House on 24th December 1871. Verdi always considered the Italian premiere, held at La Scala, Milan on 8th February 1872,

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

Tosca, Giacomo Puccini 2017, Arena, Tosca (Photo Ennevi, Fondazione Arena)

Scarpia –Tosca, finalmente mia!… Maledetta! Tosca – Questo è il bacio di Tosca! Scarpia – Aiuto! muoio! Soccorso! Muoio! Tosca – Ti soffoca il sangue? Scarpia – E ucciso da una donna! Tosca – M’hai assai torturata!… Odi tu ancora? Parla!… Guardami!… Son Tosca!…

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 last opera of the 2017 Arena Opera Festival is being performed 5 times with the imposing production by Hugo de Ana. Antonino Fogliani is debuting at the Arena, conducting the Chorus, Orchestra and Soloists – On Saturday 5th July

On Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 the bronze statue of Maria Callas, the greek soprano, was unveiled in the smaller ambulacro in the 4th arcovolo of the Arena of Verona. The statue is 2 meters tall and weighs 90 kg.