Arena Opera Festival in Verona ☀️ Summer 2022
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History of the Opera Festival
The Opera Festival at the Arena in Verona was born on 10 August 1913, with the first performance of Aida commissioned by the Veronese tenor Giovanni Zenatello and by the theatrical impresario Ottone Rovato to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. For over a hundred years (except for two brief interruptions during the great wars) every summer the Roman amphitheater has been transformed into the largest open-air opera house in the world.
The current organizational structure is the result of the reform sanctioned by Legislative Decree n. 134 of 1998 and by D.L. 134 of 1998, which transformed opera companies into private law foundations, thus giving life to the current Arena di Verona Foundation, and sanctioned the possibility of entry to private members. The current Founding Members of the Foundation are the Italian State, the Veneto Region, the Municipality of Verona, the Province of Verona and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Crafts and Agriculture of Verona. In the past, the Cariverona Foundation, the Banca Popolare di Verona and the Verona Philharmonic Academy have been.
The institutional purpose is to carry out a non-profit cultural activity of public utility, pursuing the dissemination of musical art and the musical education of the community.
The numbers of the Arena
1990 years of life since construction in 30 AD between the reign of Augustus and the reign of Claudius, the largest Roman amphitheater still in use with 98 Lyrical Seasons, 107 years since the first edition of the Festival, 30,000 actual seats, 31 meters high, an oval of 140 X 100 meters; on average per season 1260 people at work including 80 singers, 160 orchestra professors, 158 choir artists, 32 minor choir artists, 15 collaborating masters, 54 dancers, 30 mimes and acrobats, 200 extras, 25 child extras, 5 stage managers, 4 assistant directors, 70 stage technicians, 22 electricians, 60 seamstresses and dressmakers, 4 people in the Costume Department, 23 make-up artists and hairdressers, 4500 costumes and 325 hours of make-up , 48 stage construction workers, 10 maintenance technicians, 12 instrument holders, 143 room masks, 48 backstage masks, 60 administrative employees. On average per season 50 evenings with over 400,000 spectators.
The Arena di Verona wins on the Italian front in the Social and digital world, as it is first among the Foundations of our country in the ranking of likes, followers, impressions, interactions and comments and fourth worldwide in the general ranking after institutions of absolute prestige such as the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Opera House in London and the Metropolitan in New York: an achievement that definitely lives up to the fame of the city it represents in the world.
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