August 10th, 1913.
In the majestic Roman Amphitheatre, on the initiative of the Veronese tenor Giovanni Zenatello and the theatre impresario Ottone Rovato, the first operatic performance in the history of Verona was staged.
That was the beginning of a great love story, the one between the city of Verona and the opera, which continues and intensifies year after year.
The occasion of the show was the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. The show in question was the Aida, still the queen opera of the Arena festival, which every summer attracts spectators from all corners of the world, eager to experience at least once in their lives the unique magic of opera in the Arena.
The appointment with the prémière, this year, marks the beginning of the magical summer in Verona: on June the 21st, marked by the enchantment of the summer solstice, is staged “La Traviata” in the new staging signed by Franco Zeffirelli.
The program continues until September with “Aida”, “Il Trovatore”, “Carmen”, “Roberto Bolle & Friends”, “Plàcido Domingo 50 Arena Anniversary Night”, “Tosca” and the “Carmina Burana”.