Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Opera Nella Citta Del Romeo e Juliet

If you're an opera lover, this is a must. Even if you're not an opera lover, this is a must!!

Verona is a city in the Veneto in Northern Italy. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site and well worth visiting. It is also the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet :

There is no world without Verona walls,
But purgatory, torture, hell itself.
Hence-banished is banish'd from the world,

(following from jetsetreport.com):
One of Europe's premiere summer festivals, the Verona Opera runs from late-June thru August within the city's historic Roman amphitheater. Built in the 1st century, the structure is remarkably well preserved and centrally located within the main piazza of Verona. The amphitheater is one of the most intact pieces of the Roman era, aside from its missing decorative marble facade and outer wall that's sitting in the middle of piazza. Despite it's name it's hardly a ruin at all, but actually a working opera house that functions essentially the same as one built within the last 20-years. It's an incredible venue, offering a seating capacity of 22,000, with elaborate large-scale sets that are wheeled through town and into the arena for extravagant productions of Aida, Carmen and Turnadot.

There are a wide variety of ticket prices to suit every pocketbook and tickets can now be purchased online.

I was fortunate to see Franco Zeffirelli's staging of Carmen here back in the mid 90s. Fabulous experience!!

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