The Arena Opera Festival turns 100

The Arena Opera Festival turns 100


The 2023 Arena Opera Festival will celebrate its 100th birthday with a season full of opera stars and special events in addition to the traditional Opera program. Here’s the complete calendar!

The splendid Verona Arena once again welcomes the annual Arena Opera Festival, this time with a special centennial edition. The festival, with its 100 years of history, will star the most famous melodramas and operas on the marvelous stage of the Roman Amphitheater.

The Arena Opera Festival turns 100

The 100th edition of the Arena Opera Festival began this past June 16 with live broadcasts worldwide and will continue with a rich program until August 31. The greatest opera voices of international fame will take the stage at the Verona Arena, while dance enthusiasts can look forward to Roberto Bolle & Friends, and, for the first time, the arena will also host a symphonic concert with the orchestra from Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. Hotel Smeraldo is only half an hour's drive from the Verona Arena, and a holiday in Lazise on Lake Garda is the perfect opportunity to see a show at the Arena Opera Festival. Here’s the complete program of operas and special evenings!


Aida by Giuseppe Verdi

New production by Stefano Poda
9, 16, 21, 30 July at 9:00 pm
2, 13, 18, 23 August at 8:45 pm
3, 8 Septemberat 8:45 pm

Carmen by Georges Bizet

By Franco Zeffirelli
11, 24 August 8:45 pm
6 September 8:45 pm

Il Barbiere by Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini
Directed by Hugo de Ana
13, 22 July at 9:00 pm

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi

New staging by Antonio Albanese
1, 7, 20 July at 8:45 pm
4 August at 8:45 pm

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

Staging by Franco Zeffirelli
from 8 July 8
14, 27 July at 9:00 pm
19, 26 August at 8:45 pm
9 September at 8:45 pm

Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi

Directed by Gianfranco de Bosio
from 15 July
15, 28 July at 9:00 pm
3, 17 August at 8:45 pm

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini 

Staging by Hugo de Ana
from 29 July
29 July at 9:00 pm
5, 10 August at 8:45 pm
1 September at 8:45 pm

Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Production by Franco Zeffirelli
from 12 August
12, 25 August at 8:45 pm
2, 7 September at 8:45 pm

Special Events

Roberto Bolle and Friends

La danza senza confini by Roberto Bolle
19 July at 9:15 pm

Juan Diego Flórez in Opera-Arena 100

The debut of Juan Diego Flórez at the Verona Arena
23 July at 9:00 pm

Plácido Domingo in Opera-Arena 100

A special event dedicated to Plácido Domingo
6 August at 9:00 pm

Jonas Kaufmann in Opera-Arena 100

The return of Jonas Kaufmann to the Verona Arena
20 August at 9:00 pm

Teatro alla Scala in Arena
For the first time, a symphonic concert by the Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro alla Scala
31 August at 9:00 pm