Arena Opera Festival in Verona Summer 2022

Arena Opera Festival in Verona Summer 2022

History of the Opera Festival

The Opera Festival at the Arena in Verona was born on 10 August 1913, with the first performance of Aida commissioned by the Veronese tenor Giovanni Zenatello and by the theatrical impresario Ottone Rovato to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. For over a hundred years (except for two brief interruptions during the great wars) every summer the Roman amphitheater has been transformed into the largest open-air opera house in the world.

The current organizational structure is the result of the reform sanctioned by Legislative Decree n. 134 of 1998 and by D.L. 134 of 1998, which transformed opera companies into private law foundations, thus giving life to the current Arena di Verona Foundation, and sanctioned the possibility of entry to private members. The current Founding Members of the Foundation are the Italian State, the Veneto Region, the Municipality of Verona, the Province of Verona and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture of Verona. In the past, the Cariverona Foundation, the Banca Popolare di Verona and the Verona Philharmonic Academy have been.

The institutional purpose is to carry out a non-profit cultural activity of public utility, pursuing the dissemination of musical art and the musical education of the community.

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