Verona
Carmen, Aida, La Bohème & Roberto Bolle
From 25 July to 28 July 2024
Price

From €1,872 per person

Verona is the romantic city by definition. Legend has it that Romeo and Juliet fell in love here in the Middle Ages. You can visit Juliet’s house and her tomb, but what visitors don’t know is that Romeo’s house is right next door! But Verona is also a city with timeless charm, thanks to the colour of its buildings, the sumptuousness of its palaces and its warm terraces that take on unreal colours as night falls.  For a bird’s eye view of the city, climb the bell tower of the Palazzo della Ragione.

 

And then there’s the Roman Arena. What could be more romantic than listening to an operatic masterpiece in this fabulous testimony to Latin antiquity? In the exceptional setting of the amphitheatre, the Verona Arena Festival has been welcoming the world’s finest singers to spectacular opera productions since 1913. Our programme features three legendary love stories: Carmen, Aida and La Bohème. For those who also enjoy dance, there is the option of arriving a little early to enjoy the gala performance of Roberto Bolle, one of the choreographic stars of our time.

 

Optional pre-arrival on July 24th

The program
Roberto Bolle - Verona (optional prearrival)
July 24, 2024
Carmen by G. Bizet
July 25, 2024
Aïda by G. Verdi
July 26, 2024
La Bohème by G. Puccini
July 27, 2024
Wednesday, July 24th – Verona (optional prearrival)

At 9.30p.m., at the Arena of Verona :

 

ROBERTO BOLLE

 

U.K.: Choreographer

Roberto Bolle: Star dancer

 

Roberto Bolle is one of the legends of classical dance. At the age of twelve, he attended the Ballet School at La Scala in Milan. Rudolf Nureyev spotted his talent straight away, and it was at just 21 that he was appointed primo ballerino at La Scala. By his own admission, his favourite role was Romeo, which he performed with virtuosity, spontaneity and enthusiasm. So it’s only natural that Roberto Bolle should feel so at home in Shakespeare’s city of lovers! In the sumptuous setting of the Arena in Verona, dancer and choreographer Roberto Bolle presents a show in the company of his friends from the best companies in the world. A true deligh !

 

 

Thursday, July 25 – Verona

At 9.15p.m., at the Arena of Verona :

 

CARMEN, G. Bizet

 

U.K.: Conductor

Franco Zeffirelli: Staging

 

U.K.: Carmen

U.K.: Don José

U.K.: Micaëla

U.K.: Escamillo

U.K.: Frasquita

U.K.: Mercédès

U.K.: The Dancaïre

U.K.: The Remendado

U.K.: Zuniga

U.K.: Moralès

U.K.: Lillas Pastia

U.K.: A guide

 

Carmen and the Verona Arena have a long-standing love affair. Bizet‘s opera was performed for the first time in 1914 (in other words, during the second edition of the Festival) and has since been performed several hundred times, making Carmen the second most performed opera at the Arena after Aïda. Among the many productions, Franco Zeffirelli‘s Carmen has taken pride of place. The famous Italian director recreates an ideal Spain with sumptuous sets and costumes. But it is in the genius of the movement that the show dazzles: every detail vibrates and breathes in a dazzling visual carousel. As always in Verona, the pleasure of the eyes is accompanied by the pleasure of the music. We don’t yet know the performer of the fiery gypsy, but Zeffirelli‘s setting is already sumptuous.

Friday, July 26 – Verona

At 9.15p.m., at the Arena of Verona :

 

AÏDA, G. Verdi

 

U.K.: Conductor

Stefano Poda: Staging

 

U.K.: Aïda

U.K.: Radamès

U.K.: Amonasro

U.K.: Ramfis

U.K.: Amneris

U.K.: The King of Egypt

U.K.: The high priestess

U.K.: A messenger

 

In the beginning was… Aida. In 1913, the very first Verona Arena Festival presented Verdi’s opera. Since then, Aida has established itself as one of the festival’s flagship works, with almost 500 performances in various productions. In 2023, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the event (the war years explain the difference in dates!), the Arena presented a new production directed by Stefano Poda. Unanimously praised for its plastic beauty, it is this show that is being revived for this 101st edition.

 

Although we still don’t know the vocal cast (last summer, Anna Netrebko sang the legendary Egyptian), we can already look forward to this performance led by the brilliant Stefano Poda, a veritable one-man band who directs, sets, costumes, lights and choreographs! A sumptuous, modern Aida, ideally suited to the excessiveness of the Verona Arena.

Saturday, July 27 – Verona

At 9.15p.m., at the Arena of Verona :

 

LA BOHÈME, G. Puccini

 

U.K.: Conductor

U.K.: Staging

 

U.K.: Rodolfo

U.K.: Mimi

U.K.: Marcello

U.K.: Schaunard

U.K.: Colline

U.K.: Musetta

U.K.: Benoît

U.K.: Alcindoro

U.K.: Parpignol

U.K.: A customs sergeant

 

La Bohème has always been particularly cherished at the Verona Arena. With its recreation of Montmartre during the Belle Époque, Puccini’s opera makes for an extraordinary setting and a spectacular production. After Frenchman Arnaud Bernard in 2005, the name of the director who will offer his vision of the moving story of Mimi and Rodolfo for the 101st edition of the Verona Arena Festival has yet to be announced. There are many demands in such a setting: to ensure a sumptuous spectacle, but also to stay as close as possible to the emotions of the characters. And in this respect, Puccini’s music remains as it has been since its creation in 1896: an incredible flood of human feelings and passions. There’s no doubt that the hearts of the ten thousand spectators in the Arena will beat in tune with the music…

 

HOTEL SELECTION
HOTEL DUE TORRI (*****)

Located in the historic centre of Verona, a stone’s throw from Juliet’s famous balcony, Piazza Bra and the famous Arena, the Hotel Due Torri is the city’s most renowned 5-star hotel. Its elegant setting and typical Venetian decor make this luxurious hotel the ideal place for an unforgettable stay.

HOTEL ACCADEMIA (****)

In the heart of the ancient city, this historic 18th-century palace will take you on a journey in an elegant, discreet and harmonious atmosphere.

 

 

HOTEL VERONA (***)

Hotel Verona is a 5-minute stroll from the Arena of Verona. This elegant boutique hotel has a contemporary decor. Guest rooms feature LCD TVs, while most have free Wi-Fi.

PRICES
PRICE PER PERSON

Hotel Verona (***):

Superior double room with balcony package: €1,872

Superior double room with balcony package, single use: €2,268

 

Hotel Accademia (****):

Superior double room package: €2,313

Superior double room package, single use: €2,716

 

Hotel Due Torri (*****):

Deluxe double room package: €3,216

Deluxe double room package, single use: €4,544

 

 

The price for this trip includes : double room accommodation with breakfast for 3 nights from July 25 to 28, 2024 • tourist tax • first-category tickets • repatriation assistance.

 

 

The price for this trip does not includes :  extras • transport • airport transfers.

 

 

Individual trip.

Transport and airport transfers on demand.

 

 

Programme and prices communicated are subject to changes made by the Arena of Verona, or by governmental decision, due to possible health restrictions.

Information about this trip
In charge of the destination
Sophie Chaudru de Raynal
Contact
+33 1 43 59 20 32
+33 769 12 54 46
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