90TH OPERA FESTIVAL OF THE ARENA DI VERONA
For the 90th Opera Festival at the Arena di Verona, 6 great operas from 22nd June to 2nd September 2012: Don Giovanni, Aida, Carmen, Roméo et Juliette, Turandot and Tosca.
The main theme of the 2012 Festival for 50 evenings will be love, in its many diverse interpretations. From the erotic passion of Don Giovanni to the sacrificial choice of Aida; from the libertine seduction of Carmen to the union transcending death of Romeo and Juliet; from the heart of ice of Princess Turandot to the ardent desperation of Tosca.
The 90th Opera Festival will open on Friday 22nd June 2012 with the new production of Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, absolutely the first time for this opera and this composer on the Arena di Verona stage. The staging of the opera has been entrusted to Maestro Franco Zeffirelli, who will also create the scenography, while the orchestra will be conducted by
Daniel Oren. The costumes, created with Rubelli fabrics, are by Maurizio Millenotti. Playing the role of Don Giovanni we will see Ildebrando D’Arcangelo alternating with Erwin Schrott; Donna Anna will be performed by Anna Samuil, Donna Elvira by Carmen Gianattasio and Maria Agresta,
the servant Leporello by Bruno de Simone and Marco Vinco, Don Ottavio by Saimir Pirgu, the Commander by Paata Burchuladze and Gudjon Oskarsson, Masetto by Vincenzo Taormina and Deyan Vatchkov, Zerlina by Geraldine Chauvet and Christel Lötzsch.
The opera sees 5 performances: 29th June at 9.15 p.m. – 6th, 12th, 18th, 25th July at 9.15 p.m.
From Saturday 23rd June the classic of the Arena, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, will be performed until the closing night of the Festival. On 23rd June, Aida will be broadcasted live in 3D for the first time in the world, starting from 9 p.m. on Sky 3D (channel 150) and simultaneously in 2D on Classica (channel 728). The opera is proposed in the historic revocation of 1913 by the director Gianfranco de Bosio, choreographies by Susanna Egri. This production has been applauded by millions of spectators and performed with great success for 17 seasons since 1982. For this presentation of Verdi’s monumental opera and to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the greatest conductors of the
international opera scene will alternate on the Arena podium: Daniel Oren, Plácido Domingo and Marco Armiliato. As for the cast, the role of Aida will be performed by sopranos Hui He, Lucrecia Garcia, Oksana Dyka and Amarilli Nizza. Her beloved Radamès will be interpreted by Marco Berti, Jorge De León, Walter Fraccaro and Carlo Ventre. The rival Amneris will be played
by Andrea Ulbrich, Dolora Zajick, Tichina Vaughn, Ekaterina Semenchuck and Giovanna Casolla; while Ambrogio Maestri, Leonardo López Linares and Alberto Mastromarino make her comeback as Amonasro. Finally Francesco Ellero D’Artegna, Giorgio Giuseppini, Marco Spotti and Giacomo Prestia will perform Ramfis.
The opera sees 15 performances: 28th June 9.15 p.m. – 8th, 11th, 15th, 19th, 22nd, 24th, 28th July 9.15 p.m. – 2nd, 5th, 9th, 12th, 19th, 26th August 9 p.m. – 2nd September 9 p.m.
Starting from Saturday 30th June, we will see the comeback of Carmen by Georges Bizet, with direction and sets by Franco Zeffirelli and the colorful gypsy costumes by Anna Anni. For this opera, one of the most frequently performed in the world and which has been presented 213 times at the Arena since 1914, the conductor will be Julian Kovatchev. The heroine, Carmen is
interpreted by Anita Rachvelishvili, alternating with Nadia Krasteva and Ekaterina Semenchuck, who will seduce Marcelo Álvarez and Brandon Jovanovich in the role of Don Josè; the role of Micaela will be taken in turn by Fiorenza Cedolins, Irina Lungu, Ermonela Jaho and Amarilli Nizza, while Claudio Sgura, Deyan Vatchkov and Alexander Vinogradov will play the role of the torero Escamillo. The choreography sees Lucia Real, José Porcel and Rosa Zaragoza as lead guest dancers, and it is created by Lucia Real & El Camborio together with Claudia Cosentino’s Flamenco Company.
The opera sees 12 performances: 5th, 10th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 27th, 9.15 p.m. – 3rd, 7th, 10th, 24th, 28th, 31st August 9 p.m.
From Saturday 7th July the opera which was introduced last year into the repertoire of the Arena:
Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod, in Francesco Micheli’s visionary version. The impressive sets have been designed by Edoardo Sanchi, the elaborate costumes by Silvia Aymonino, the choreography by Nikos Lagousakos. Also for the 90th edition of the Opera Festival, Maestro Fabio
Mastrangelo will be the conductor. The main roles will be interpreted by Aleksandra Kurzak as Juliette, John Osborn and Stefano Secco and her beloved Roméo.
The opera sees 3 performances: 14th, 21st, 26th July 9.15 p.m.
From Saturday 4th August, one of the most appreciated productions by the Arena di Verona audience: Turandot by Giacomo Puccini takes us to an Imperial China, evocated by Franco Zeffirelli. The costumes are by the Oscar winner Emi Wada, and the orchestra is conducted by Andrea Battistoni. The proud and merciless Turandot will be performed by Giovanna Casolla and
Lise Lindstrom, the prince Calaf by Carlo Ventre and Stuart Neill, and the unhappy Liù by Amarilli Nizza and Maria Agresta.
The opera sees 5 performances: 8th, 11th, 17th, 23rd, 30th August 9 p.m.
From Saturday 18th August, the last opera on the bill is Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, proposed in the spectacular 2006 production by Hugo de Ana, who is also director, sets and costumes designer. Marco Armiliato will be the conductor of the performance. The title role will be performed by Martina Serafin, Aleksandrs Antonenko is the painter Cavaradossi and Alberto
Mastromarino is the baron Scarpia.
The opera sees 4 performances: 22nd, 25th, 29th August 9 p.m. – 1st September 9 p.m.
The 90th Opera Festival 2012 at the Arena di Verona involves all the artistic sectors – Orchestra, Choir and Corps de Ballet – and technicians of the Fondazione Arena di Verona, together with hundreds of extras.
For the 90th Festival 2012, many thanks go to the unfailing partnership with UniCredit, leading banking group in Europe, which has reconfirmed its role as Major Partner of the event, and for the support of our Official Sponsors Intimissimi, a stand-out brand of the Calzedonia Group, and Volkswagen Group Italy, leader in the international automotive sector.