Operatic Festival 2011 opens and closes the season in the Arena with two new productions: “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Hugo de Ana and conducted by Carlo Rizzi, and “Roméo et Juliette”, directed by Charles Gounod and conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo. At the same time, traditional Verdi favourites remain at the heart of the programme: “Aida”, directed by Gianfranco de Bosio and conducted by Daniel Oren, and “Nabucco”, conducted by Julian Kovatchev.
This year’s repertoire also includes the “The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini, directed by Hugo de Ana and conducted by the young Veronese conductor, Andrea Battistoni, who is making his dubut in the Arena, and another favourite, “La Bohème” by Giacomo Puccini, directed by Arnaud Bernard and conducted by John Neschling.
All these titles are much loved by the Arena’s regular opera fans, with every artist and technician in the Veronese Arena Foundation engaged to his/her utmost, whether it be the orchestra, the choir, the ballet corps or the extras. As in other years, world famous international opera singers will grace the stage side by side with emerging young artists who are making their much awaited debut this season. A footnote: the President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, will be present at this year’s opening on 17 June, to mark the celebration in Verona of the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. The debut of the new staging of “La Traviata” by Verdi will be opened by the playing of the Italian National anthem.
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