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Celebrating 100 years
of Verona Opera.

2023 sees the stunning ‘Arena di Verona’ play host to its 100th annual summer opera festival. Whether you are an opera connoisseur or a complete novice, a performance in this iconic, historical setting is something that is not to be missed. Enjoy a truly mesmerising experience, underneath the shimmering stars, while listening to some of the greatest voices and orchestras in the world. The setting, costumes and set designs, along with the world-class performances leave audiences in absolute awe year after year.

There really is something magical about the Verona Opera that appeals to everyone. The historical relevance, the incredible voices, the beautiful sets and the romantic setting of an open air amphitheatre, allowing for you to enjoy this open air show, in the heart of the spellbinding Verona. One of the largest preserved Roman arenas in the world, Arena di Verona boasts such superb acoustic properties that performances take place without the aid of a single microphone. When you visit and climb the staircases that countless generations of visitors have climbed before, it’s hard not to be impressed by this vast and magnificent arena.

Due to Verona's proximity to the shores of Lake Garda, we recommend that you combine a stay in one of the lake's beautiful villages with a night at the opera.
To find out more about combining your Italian getaway with a night at the opera, call our team on
01 240 1700

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A performance of La Traviata.

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi.

A story of unexpected romance and a heartbreaking reconciliation that comes just that little bit too late, La Traviata is a rollercoaster of emotions that is sure to tug on the audience’s heartstrings and leave many a little misty eyed. Verdi’s moving music adds so much to the intensity of this show and even those who are new to opera will probably recognise some of the beautiful songs.

Performances: 14th & 27th July

A performance of Tosca.

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini.

Set in June 1800, at a time when the Kingdom of Naples’ control over Rome was threatened by Napoleon’s invasion of Italy. Initially the opera met with mixed reviews from the critics but became an instant favourite with the public and it remains one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide. You will enjoy an evening of drama and some unforgettable performances in this renowned opera.

Performances: 10th August & 1st September

A performance of Nabucco.

Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi.

Few settings could be more fitting for this drama on a grand scale as the fate of a nation plays out through Verdi’s score, including the ‘Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves’ - a historical rallying cry in Italy’s fight for nationhood, and one of the world’s most-loved opera choruses.

Performances: 28th July, 3rd & 17th August

A performance of Madame Butterfly.

Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini.

Enjoy a fabulous performance of Madame Butterfly the famous “Japanese tragedy” by Giacomo Puccini. Everything from set design to Oscar winner Emi Wada's costume designs and of course, unforgettable vocal performances, will surely take your breath away. Madame Butterfly is one of opera's most enduring tales of unrequited love. Puccini's poignant score follows the tragic tale of Cio Cio San, a young Japanese girl who falls in love with American naval officer Pinkerton, with devastating consequences.

Performances: 25th August & 7th September

A performance of Aida.

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi.

This 4 act opera by the renowned Giuseppe Verdi premiered in Cairo in 1871. Set in Egypt, the story follows the journey of Aida, a Nubian princess who was captured and enslaved by the Egyptians. Listen to some of the greatest voices in the world and let your heart melt as you experience this epic love story unfold between Aida and the Egyptian military commander Radames.

Performances: 25th & 29th June, 21st July, 2nd & 18th August, 3rd & 8th September

A performance of Carmen.

Carmen by Georges Bizet.

Witness one of the most frequently performed operas in the classical canon... and for good reason! This thrilling tale is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naive soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. Enjoy listening to some of the greatest voices in the world tell this wonderful story in this unique and truly atmospheric setting.

Performances: 23rd June, 6th July & 11th & 24th August

To find out more about combining your Italian holiday with an evening at the Verona Opera, call us on
01 240 1700

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