Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Piotr Beczala, Juan Diego Flórez & Sonya Yoncheva Lead Arena di Verona’s 2023 SeasonBy Francisco Salazar
The Fondazione Arena di Verona has announced its 2023 season, which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Arena Opera Festival.
To celebrate the occasion, the festival will present 50 unrepeatable performances in under three months.
The season will open with Verdi’s “Aida” in a new production by Stefano Poda. Marco Armiliato and Daniel Oren conduct a cast that includes Anna Netrebko, Maria José Siri, Monica Conesa, and Anna Pirozzi sharing the title role. They are joined by Simon Lim, Michele Pertusi, Abramo Rosalen, Vittorio De Campo, Romano Dal Zovo, Olesya Petrova, Clémentine Margaine, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Yusif Eyvazov, Luciano Ganci, Yonghoon Lee, Gregory Kunde, Angelo Villari, Alexander Vinogradov, Rafał Siwek, Christian Van Horn, Roman Burdenko, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Youngjun Park, Simone Piazzola, Alberto Gazale, Ludovic Tézier, and Gevorg Hakobyan
Performance Dates: June 16-Sept. 8, 2023
Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen” returns to the stage. Daniel Oren conducts a cast that includes Clémentine Margaine, Mariangela Sicilia, Olga Kulchynska, Daniela Schillaci, Gilda Fiume, Freddie De Tommaso, Piotr Beczała, Vittorio Grigolo, Erwin Schrott, Dalibor Jenis, Gezim Myshketa, and Luca Micheletti.
Performance Dates: June 23-Sept. 6, 2023
Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” returns to the stage in Hugo de Ana’s production. Antonino Siragusa, Dmitri Korchak, Carlo Lepore, Alessandro Corbelli, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, Marina Viotti, Davide Luciano, Nicola Alaimo, and Michele Pertusi.
Performance Dates: June 24-July 22, 2023
Verdi’s “Rigoletto” will be performed at the Arena di Verona. Yusif Eyvazov, Juan Diego Flórez, and Piotr Beczała share the role of the Duke while Roman Burdenko, Ludovic Tézier, Luca Salsi, and Amartuvshin Enkhbat share the title role. Nina Minasyan and Nadine Sierra sing the role of Gilda. The cast is rounded out by Gianluca Buratto and Valeria Girardello with Marco Armiliato conducting.
Performance Dates: July 1-August 4, 2023
Verdi’s “La Traviata” will return in Franco Zeffirelli’s final production for the Arena. Nina Minasyan, Lisette Oropesa, Nadine Sierra, and Anna Netrebko sing the title role with Francesco Meli, Vittorio Grigolo, and Freddie De Tommaso as Alfredo and Artur Rucińsky, Simone Piazzola, Ludovic Tézier, and Luca Salsi as Germont. Andrea Battistoni and Marco Armiliato conduct.
Performance Dates: July 8-Sept. 9, 2023
Verdi’s “Nabucco” will be performed in Gianfranco de Bosio’s production. Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Roman Burdenko, and Luca Salsi share the title role while Matteo Mezzaro and Riccardo Rados sing Ismaele. Alexander Vinogradov and Rafał Siwek will perform the role of Zaccaria while Maria José Siri and Anna Pirozzi will perform the role of Abigaille. Daniel Oren and Alvise Casellati conducts.
Performance Dates: July 15-August 17, 2023
Hugo de Ana’s production of Puccini’s “Tosca” returns to the stage. Aleksandra Kurzak and Sonya Yoncheva sing the title role while Roberto Alagna, Vittorio Grigolo, and Freddie De Tommas sing Cavaradossi and Luca Salsi and Roman Burdenko take on the role of Scarpia. Francesco Ivan Ciampa conducts.
Performance Dates: July 29-Sept. 1, 2023
Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” will be performed in Franco Zeffirelli’s production. Aleksandra Kurzak, Maria José Siri, and Asmik Grigorian share the title role leading a cast that includes Elena Zilio, Roberto Alagna, Angelo Villari, Piero Pretti, and Gevorg Hakobyan. Daniel Oren conducts.
Performance Dates: August 12-Sept. 7, 2023
5 Extraordinary Evenings
Roberto Bolle and Friends will perform Dance without borders.
Performance Date: July 19, 2023
Juan Diego Flórez will make his Arena di Verona debut.
Performance Date: July 23, 2023
Plácido Domingo will return to the Arena in a special event dedicated to the legendary singer.
Performance Date: August 6, 2023
Jonas Kaufmann returns to Verona for his second performance.
Performance Date: August 20, 2023
The Teatro alla Scala performs a concert
Performance Date: August 31, 2023