Opera at the Verona Arena

The historic Verona Opera Festival reaches its 98th edition in 2020 and expands the rich program with 53 evenings, 5 opera productions, 5 special events and opens with a completely new show that combines the famous Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. International directors and artists, alongside the artistic and technical team of the Arena Foundation, will revive the magic of the world’s largest outdoor theatre.

Evening at the Verona Arena
Image Courtesy of Fondazione Arena di Verona

Cavalleria Rusticana

The 2020 Festival opens on the 13th June 2020 with a new production of Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo. The two titles, absent from the stage since 2006, will be represented for 10 evenings in a new staging absolutely not to be missed.


Replicas: 19, 26 June  – 3, 8, 17, 23 July  – 8, 13, 22 August


As per tradition, the second title on the bill is the Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, a symbol of the Opera Festival since the first edition of 1913. Aida is proposed from June 20 for 16 dates in the imposing set-up conceived by Franco Zeffirelli and enriched by Anna Anni’s costumes.


Replicas: 20, 25 June – 5, 10, 14, 18, 24, 30 July – 2, 5, 9, 12, 20, 29, August – 1, 5 September



From June 27th, for 7 appointments, Puccini’s Turandot returns, also signed for the majestic direction and scenes by Franco Zeffirelli and with the sumptuous costumes of the Oscar winner Emi Wada.


Replicas: 11, 16, 31 July at 21.00 – 14, 26 August at 20.45 – 3 September at 20.45


The fourth title scheduled for 9 performances from the 4th of July is Verdi’s Nabucco in the elegant setting that inaugurated the 2017 Festival for the direction and costumes of Arnaud Bernard and the scenes of Alessandro Camera.


Replicas: 9, 15, 25 July 21.00 – 6, 11, 19, 28 August 20.45 – 4 September 20.45

La Traviata

Finally, from 1 August for 6 evenings Verdi’s La Traviata is proposed in the wonderful production created for the 2019 Festival by Franco Zeffirelli who takes care of direction and scenes with the costumes of Maurizio Millenotti.”


Replicas: 7, 15, 21, 27 August at 8.45 pm – 2 September at 8.45 pm

Special Evenings

For the 2020 Festival the program will be enriched by some special evenings with extraordinary artists: on June 28th the first of the gala on the program will propose the Gala Event, which promises to be an unmissable event full of great surprises, while on July 7th we will attend to an unforgettable evening with Placido Domingo. The Gala Plácido Domingo will in fact be a unique opportunity to retrace his stellar career through some of the interpretations that have made him famous all over the world.


Following the great success achieved by the presales for the double evening of 2019, on 21 and 22 July, the Arena Foundation proposes Roberto Bolle and Friends, the appointment with the great dance that from 2014 enriches the calendar of the Verona Arena. Finally, on August 23, the famous and solemn notes of the IX Symphony of Beethoven will echo among the stones of the amphitheatre.

Verona Opera Package

Book your trip to Verona with us and enjoy an opera live at Arena di Verona.


Your trip includes:

5 nights on a BB basis sharing a Deluxe double room with city views at the Relais Fra Lorenzo

5 days fully comprehensive car hire arranged at Verona airport

private return transfer to the Arena of Verona

1st sector stalls Arena ticket

3-hour private city tour of Verona

£ 1690 per person

Optional Add-ons

International flights

Wine tasting in the Valpolicella region

Extra Opera tickets

Extra nights in Lake Garda, Venice or Padova

Out-of-town excursions

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