Concerto d’Opera a Verona
Concerto d’Opera a Verona is a series of opera-inspired concerts that take place in the beautiful Italian city of Verona. These intimate concerts include some of the best-known arias and duets from a range of different operas. Featuring a tenor and a mezzo-soprano accompanied by a piano, any of these concerts will take you on a one-hour trip to the opera world.
This superb concert series is staged by Lirica Sala Girelli Verona, a musical organisation that has some twenty years of experience of putting on high-quality operatic concerts. Many up-and-coming singers have made their names at concerts staged by the group. The organisers behind Concerto d’Opera a Verona place an emphasis on some of the most famous composers that audiences know and love, such as Gaetano Donizetti, Georges Bizet, Giuseppe Verdi and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, among others. Expect to hear celebrated pieces like Una furtiva lagrima from L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti, Tu qui, Santuzza from Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni and Habanera from Carmen by Bizet, being performed. Attendance includes a welcome drink consisting of a glass of prosecco.
The illustrious venue used for Concerto d’Opera a Verona is the Sala Girelli at the Palazzo dei Mutilati e Invalidi di Guerra, a stunning Art Deco-era building that was first opened in 1934. The Sala Girelli, or Girelli Room, is located on the ground floor of this 20th-century palazzo which attendees are free to explore on their own before the concert begins. The venue itself is a 170-seat auditorium, the ideal place to listen to some of opera's most-loved music with the perfect blend of clarity and intimacy. The room's reflective French windows with sound-dampening alabaster operate in concert with the wooden seating and the venue's high ceiling. Together, they mean that the Girelli Room boasts exceptional acoustic qualities, something that both the musicians and the audience appreciate.
Given the historic setting, the astounding acoustics, the top-quality performers and the carefully chosen programme, Concerto d’Opera a Verona is a firm favourite in the city of love. The venue is close to many of the most notable landmarks in Verona, just a stone's throw from Piazza Brà and its imposing Arena di Verona, for example. Attending a concert of operatic gems offers a unique and immersive experience in which every spectator can become transfixed by the performance, clear reasons why these concerts have proven to be such a success over recent years.