Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2016

Opera, music and great shows for the 94th opera season

From 24 June 2016 to 28 August 2016


Back again this year the long-awaited opera season at the Verona Arena Opera! From 24th June to 28th August, 46 evenings devoted to the Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2016 and the special show  Roberto Bolle & Friends. Great excitement and magic in a truly unique location: do not miss the 94th Verona Opera Festival 2016 at the Arena di Verona opera!

The Verona Opera Festival- 2016 program will include: Carmen, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Turandot, and the quintessential opera: Aida at the Verona Arena by Giuseppe Verdi. The most popular works for the most popular productions in over a century of Opera Arena di Verona!

Grand debut at the Verona Arena Opera -  2016 with Bizet's Carmen, which opens the opera season of the Arena di Verona Opera  Festival and confirms itself as one of the most appreciated operas of the Arena calendar; Xu Zhong and Julian Kovatchev maestros will alternate in the direction of the orchestra. 25 June sees the beginning of the long programming of Aida at the Verona Arena, Verona: the most represented opera of the festival, it has become a symbol of the Verona opera season; directing the orchestra will be Julian Kovatchev, Andrea Battistoni and Daniel Oren. From 2 July it will the turn of La Traviata in the fascinating staging by Hugo de Ana and choreography by Leda Lojodice; Jader Bignamini and Fabio Mastrangelo conductors. 23 July is also the debut of the fourth opera of the Arena Opera Festival 2016, Turandot, on show on the spectacular staging by Franco Zeffirelli, with costumes by Oscar Emi Wada Award and Andrea Battistoni directing the orchestra. Il Trovatore, the  last title in the program at the Arena of Verona - Verona Opera Season 2016 returns to the stage in the monumental exhibition under once again the signature of the great Franco Zeffirelli; conducting the orchestra the maestro Daniel Oren.


Arena di Verona - Schedule 2016

  • Carmen Arena di Verona June 24; 1, 6, 9, 13, 16, 29 July; 5, 11, 17, 20, 23, 27 August

Opéra-comique in four acts by Georges Bizet - scenes and conduction by Franco Zeffirelli.

  • Aida: Arena di Verona 25, 30 June 3, 7, 14, 17, 24, 28, 31 July; 7, 9, 14, 18, 21, 24 and 28 August

Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi - coming to the Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2016 in the unique historical setting that evokes the first representation of 1913, directed by Gianfranco de Bosio.

  • La Traviata: Arena di Verona on 2, 5, 8, 12, 15, 22, 26, 30 July

Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi - back on stage with the acclaimed staging of 2011 signed by Hugo de Ana (direction, sets, costumes and lighting)

  • Turandot at the Arena di Verona on 23, 27 July; 12, 19, 25 August

Opera in three acts - the famous opera by Giacomo Puccini will be staged in a setting created by the great Franco Zeffirelli.

  • Il Trovatore: Arena di Verona on 6, 10, 13, and 26 August

Drama in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi - an additional staging that bears the signature of the great Zeffirelli, who takes care of scenes and directing.


In addition to the rich program dedicated to opera, the Arena di Verona also devotes an evening to dance, with a show that has now entered by law in the Verona opera festival schedule: on 18 July Roberto Bolle and friends will be staged at the Arena di Verona! The international dancer and his Friends will bring to the Arena a show designed specifically for the magical scenery that only the arena is able to offer- classical and contemporary dance together in a tribute to the ethereal elegance of ballet. Roberto Bolle and friends will be accompanied by artists working in the biggest international dance companies…Everything is ready for a repeat of the huge success of the last editions of Roberto Bolle and Friends at the Arena di Verona opera Festival 2016!

Arena Opera Festival 2016 confirms the previous editions times - 9pm for the performances scheduled for the months of June and July (except the show Roberto Bolle and Friends on 18 July which will begin at 10pm); and 10.45pm for those in August. Tickets for the Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2016 can be purchased on the official website of the Fondazione Arena di Verona.

From 24 June to 28 August , do not miss the Verona Opera Festival 2016: the magical setting of an ancient Roman amphitheatre, famous operas and evocative productions await you to offer a unique experience evenings and many emotions. Be seduced by the magic of classical music and take advantage of the opportunity to discover Verona: book a hotel or B&B near the Arena in Verona and choose tours and activities to enrich your stay!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff