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ITALY NEWS # 88 - June 1st, 2009


Verona – June 19th / August 30th, 2009

The Arena di Verona, the famous ancient Roman amphitheatre capable of holding 30.000 spectators, is the backdrop for the most famous open air opera season since 1913. Starting from June 19th  and ending  August 30th, this year’s program is composed of five operas - Turandot, Aida, Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, Tosca-  and a gala for the Ancient Roman amphitheatre that will set a magnificent stage for artists and opera-lovers alike.



Roma – July 1st / August 9th, 2009

Rome’s opera music festival is privileged with its unique setting in the ruins of the ancient Baths of Caracalla. It was the year 1937 when the Teatro dell'Opera set up its summer season at the Caracalla Baths for the first time: as the monumental archeological site becomes a stage. There have always been performances of lyrics and dance that have been most known for charming a large international public. This year’s programme will incluse operas composed by Mendelssohn, Puccini and Bizet.


Florence and surrounding areas - June/July/August  2009

The Opera Festival is presented again to the public with a full and rich calendar, with both classic and modern operas, passing through four prestigious and famous locations in Tuscany. From the magnificent Boboli Gardens of Pitti Palace in Florence to the ruins of the gothic Abbey in San Galgano, in the province of Siena, from the Medici Villa of Cafaggiolo to Barberino of Mugello to the historic Varchi Square of Montevarchi.


Macerata July/ August 2009

The Opera Festival is housed mainly in the magnificent, architecturally unique theatre facility called the Sferisterio. Designed in 1823 by the architect Ireneo Aleandri, it owes its name and its circle-segment layout to the place’s original use as a facility for playing the game with ball and bangle. The 2009 program includes operas by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, etc.



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