Chorus of the Fondazione Arena di Verona
The history of our chorus

The  Arena di Verona’s Chorus dates back to the very beginning of opera performance in the Amphitheatre, on 10th August 1913. Its first Chorus Masters were Ferruccio Cusinati and Vittore Veneziani. They were followed by Giulio Bertola, Corrado Mirandola, Tullio Boni, Aldo Danieli, Armando Tasso, Romano Gandolfi, Marco Faelli and Giovanni Andreoli.  For the 2015 Arena Opera Festival the Chorus is directed by Salvo Sgrò. 

All the glorious moments of Verona’s Amphitheatre infallibly coincide with performances of operas with a fundamental choral role and an impressive use of multiple voices which allows the delivery of grandiose performances which are most adept to the immense spaces of the Arena.  It is no coincidence that the Arena’s operas par excellence are those with the most chorus parts, such as Aida, La Gioconda and Nabucco. The “Va’ pensiero” from the latter continues to arouse thrilled ovations from spectators, who never tire of asking for repeat performances.

The following are the great operas in which the Chorus plays an essential role:  AidaNabuccoLa Forza del destino, OtelloIl Trovatore, Carmen, TurandotLa GiocondaNorma, Mefistofele, Faust, Samson et Dalila and Boris Godunov. As well as its fundamental contribution to the operas, the Chorus has also staged unforgettable concerts at the Arena: Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust and Perosi’s Resurrezione di Cristo.  The Chorus also performs alongside the Arena’s Orchestra during the winter opera and symphonic season at the Teatro Filarmonico and the Teatro Ristori as well as in other venues in Verona and Italy.

The Arena di Verona’s Chorus also has important international performances to its credit: Berlin’s Deutschlandhalle from 1977 to 1980, the Vienna Stadthalle in 1980, ’82, and ’84, in Luxor (Egypt), in the locations in which Aida is set, in 1987, in Tokyo in 1989 and 1991, Beijing in 2000, as well as in Munich, Frankfurt, Zurich, Dortmund, Hamburg and Stuttgart. In 2011 it performed at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman, starring in a magnificent Turandot by Franco Zeffirelli, and in 2014 it was there again to perform Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi.


The following are the members of our Chorus:


Chorusmaster Salvo Sgrò

 

First Tenors

Angel Julio Harkatz Kaufman

Gianluca Gheller

Alessandro Nenci

Alex Magri

Salvatore Schiano Di Cola

Enrico Sammarchi

Hubert Zingerle

Marco Spanu

 

 

Second Tenors

Renzo Litrico

Gianni Scardoni

Andrea Bonaldo

Giancarlo Galtieri

Dario Righetti

 

 

Baritones 

Arnaldo Anselmi

Manrico Canovi

Alessandro Andreoli

Giuseppe Martinelli

Maurizio Magnini

 

Nicolò Rigano

 

 

Basses 

Nikolay Arsenov

Francesco Azzolini

Alessandro Cazzato

Giancarlo Frison

Gabriele Lombardi

Valentino Perera

Roberto Santini

Maurizio Pantò

 

Sopranos 

Daniela Forapani

Flavia Maria Giordanelli

Elena Benedetti

Barbara Bettari

Sonia Bianchetti

Laura Caceffo

Anna De Faveri

Patrizia Diodato

Carola Freddi

Loredana Mele

Grazia Montanari

Manuela Schenale

Emanuela Simonetto

Francesca Veneri

 

Mezzo-sopranos 

Marina Alberti

Alessandra Andreetti

Antonella D'amico

Elena Rita Maria Grassia

Mirca Molinari

Silvia Ruffo

Liliana Santinello

 

 

Contraltos

Sabrina Canola

Patrizia Biondi

Barbara Massari

Tiziana Realdini

Tamara Zandonà

Sonia Zaramella

 

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