Milan's La Scala or Parma's Teatro Regio may offer performances more likely to attract serious opera fans, but none offers a greater spectacle than the Arena di Verona. Many Italian opera lovers claim their enthusiasm began when they were taken as children to a production at the arena. During its summer season (July–September) audiences of as many as 16,000 sit on the original stone terraces or in modern cushioned stalls. Most of the operas presented are the big, splashy
ones, like Aïda or Turandot, which demand huge choruses, lots of color and movement, and, if possible, camels, horses, or elephants. Order tickets by phone or through the Arena website: if you book a spot on the cheaper terraces, be sure to take or rent a cushion—four hours on a 2,000-year-old stone bench can be an ordeal.
Box office, Via Dietro Anfiteatro 6/b, Verona, 37100, Italy
Jun 27, 2009
25th June 09 Aida was due to start at 21.15 but a storm started at 20.00. It stopped raining in time for the arena gates to open at 22.00 the performance started before half the audience were seated and stopped minutes later as spots of rain started. After a few more attempts to perform the opera was cancelled. It should never have started but of course if they get the show on the road they do not make refunds. I am miffed to have lost 198 euros
many others lost more. It is scandalous that they get away with this scam I would recomend avoiding Verona and seeing an opera at an indoor arena.