The publication of the programmes for the Symphonic Season and for the Opera and Ballet Season marks the official start of the new artistic season at the Verona Philharmonic Theatre.The opening of the Symphonic Season is scheduled on 21st October 2011 with the Gala Concert and the music of Franz Joseph Haydn. A long season cavalcade that will end on 28th April 2012 with a concert directed by Francesco Lanzillotta.During this time, there will 11 exciting events that will see important directors take central stage, namely Lothar Zagrosek, Srboljub Dinic, Andrea Battistoni, Daniele Rustioni, Yang Yang, Julian Kovatchev, Michael Guttler, Giacomo Sagripanti, Byron Fidetzis, Alexander Frey, Francesco Lanzillotta.The opera and ballet season will open on 13th December 2011 with Giuseppe Verdis Falstaff, directed by Luca Guadagnino and conducted by Daniele Rustioni.There will then be a series of important events including on 27th January 2012 the debut of Pagliacci, directed by Ruggero Leoncavallo, with scenes and costumes designed by Franco Zeffirelli under the conduction of Julian Kovatchev. Homage to Ravel, a new production of the Verona Arena Foundation, will be the first appointment with ballet on Saturday 18th February, with choreography, stage set and costumes by Renato Zanella. Friday 16th March sees the return of opera with Pietro Mascagnis Iris, directed by FedericoTiezzi and conducted by Gianluca Martinenghi, stage set of the Giuseppe Verdis Opera Theatre Foundation in Trieste, the Carlo Goldoni City Theatre in Livorno and the Symphonic Petruzzelli Opera Foundation and Theatres in Bari. Gioachino Rossinis Gazza Ladra will be staged On Friday 20th April, directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Giovanno Battista Rigon with stage set of the Verona Arena Foundation and the Pesaro Rossini opera Festival. A second ballet event will be performed on Friday 11th May with the doublestaging of Pulcinella and Il Mandarino, with music of Igor Stravinsky and Bela Bartok, choreography and direction by Mario Piazza and conduction by Reinhard Seehafer. After the summer break, which willhost the 2012 90th Arena Opera Festival, the series of events will draw to a close on 9th November with Giuseppe Verdis Aida, directed by Hugo de Ana, also the author of scenes and costumes, and conductedby Fabio Mastrangelo.As per every year, the listing of shows is wrapped up with a series of events and talks open to the public.Entry to the opera, ballet and concert rehearsals is limited to those under 26, university and Music school students.