Arena di Verona

Artistic Personnel

Orchestra

The history of the Arena di Verona’s Orchestra and its conductors began on 10th August 1913, when Tullio Serafin, with a historical Aida, inaugurated the first performance of opera in the Roman amphitheatre, Arena di Verona.

Musicians with widely varied musical education, culture and style have alternated on the podium of the world’s most evocative open-air theatre. These have included three conductor-composers: Pietro Mascagni who conducted Il Piccolo Marat in 1921, Riccardo Zandonai who conducted Giulietta e Romeo in 1939 and Mikis Theodorakis, who conducted the ballet Zorba the Greek in 1988.

Other conductors who have directed the Arena Orchestra over the years include Sergio Failoni, Antonino Votto, Gino Marinuzzi, Vittorio Gui, Franco Capuana, Francesco Molinari Pradelli, Rudolf Kempe, Argeo Quadri, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Lovro von Matacic, Elihau Inbal, Nello Santi, Peter Maag, Giuseppe Patanè, Michel Plasson, Anton Guadagno, Yuri Ahronovitch, Donato Renzetti, Andrea Battistoni, Gustav Kuhn, Daniel Oren, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Georges Prêtre.

The Arena di Verona Orchestra also performs during the winter season at the  Teatro Filarmonico and Teatro Ristori, with a repertoire ranging from Baroque to Romantic and Contemporary music. Its ensembles are also very active at regional level.

International tours are also important: in 1982 and 1984 in Vienna with Aida by Verdi; in 1986 in Vienna again with Turandot by Puccini; in 1987 in Luxor (Egypt) with Aida; in 1989 in Tokyo with Aida and in 1991 in Tokyo again with Turandot; in 1994 in Frankfurt with Nabucco by Verdi; in 1995 in Frankfurt again with La Bohème by Puccini; in 1995 in Vienna and Zurich with Nabucco; in 1996 in Berlin, again with Nabucco, through to Aida performed at Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle in 1997; in Beijing in 2000 with Tosca by Puccini; in February 2010, at the Tokyo International Forum Hall with Aida and a spectacular Gala with Plácido Domingo. In 2011, the Orchestra took part in the 26th edition of the Music Biennale Zagreb and the prestigious Masada - Dead Sea and Jerusalem Opera Festival, with an Opera Gala in Jerusalem and a performance of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at Masada.  Also in 2011, the Orchestra performed an imposing production of Puccini’s Turandot by Franco Zeffirelli at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, the Capital of the Sultanate of Oman, where it returned again in 2014 to perform Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi.

 

The following is a list of our orchestra’s permanent members:

 

First Violins  
Peter Szanto (concertmaster) Gunther Sanin (concertmaster)
Gelsomini Sofia (concertino) Fahriye Ozlem Adiguzel
Dario Carbone Mara Sistino
Bruno Dona' Serena Chien
Roberto Lanni Elisabetta Fable
Camillo Papitto Nicolae Nedelciu
Paolo Arduini D'Amico Michela

 

Second Violins  
Viktor Csanyi Giuliana Santi
Antonino Enna Corrado Menegazzo

 

Violas  
Giuseppe Mari 1 Cecilia Recchia
Alberto Danelon Massimiliano Di Stefano
Sergio Gavioli Elena Carla Mazzoni
Chiara Ommassini Luca Pozza
Dunia Balloni Malgorzata Maria Kulka

 

Cellos  
Sara Airoldi 1 Massimiliano Martinelli 1
Ilir Bakiu Stefania Tosi
Savina Zampieri  

 

Basses  
Luca Bissoli Carlo Tazzari
Roberto Spagnoli Paolo Ferrarini 

 

Flutes / Piccolo  
Chiara Ronchi Piccinelli  Boschi Elisa (ottavino)

 

Oboes / Corn anglais  
Francesca Rodomonti 1 Francesco Scandolari
Francesco Pomini (corn anglais) Fabrizio Baldon

 

Clarinets / Bass Clarinet   
Maurizio Trapletti Giampiero Sobrino 1
Bruno Matteucci (bass clarinet)
 

 

Bassoons  
Paolo Guelfi 1 Lanfranco Martinelli 1
Domenico Faccin Emilio Gueli

 

Horns  
Andrea Leasi 1 Paolo Armato 1
Domenico Guglielmello Michele Mazzon
Claudio Carta Oreste Campedelli

 

Trumpets  
Massimo Longhi 1 Angelo Pinciroli 1
Marco Resimini Elena Foroni

 

Trombones  
Giancarlo Roberti 1 Diego Gatti 1
Emanuele Breda  

 

Bass Tuba 
Giambattista Micheletti

 

Harp
Laura Recchia 1

 

Timpani 
Gianluca Ubaldi 1

 

Percussion
Alessandro Carobbi  (xylophone, vibraphone marimba & suchlike)

1 Principals

* Workers with fixed-term contracts

 

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, Giovanni Andreoli, Salvo Sgrò and Vito Lombardi. 

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:  Aida, Nabucco, La Forza del destino, Otello, Il Trovatore, Carmen,Turandot, La Gioconda, Norma, 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 Vito Lombardi

First Tenors  
Angel Julio Harkatz Kaufman Gianluca Gheller
Marco Spanu Alex Magri
Salvatore Schiano Di Cola Enrico Sammarchi
Hubert Zingerle Amerigo Iori

 

Seconds Tenors  
Renzo Litrico Gianni Scardoni
Andrea Bonaldo Giancarlo Galtieri
Dario Righetti Antonino Scarbaci

 

Baritones  
Alessandro Andreoli Nicolò Rigano
Giuseppe Martinelli  

 

Basses  
Maurizio Pantò Francesco Azzolini
Alessandro Cazzato Giancarlo Frison
Gabriele Lombardi Valentino Perera
Alessandro Reschitz  

 

Sopranos
 
Elena Benedetti Barbara Bettari
Sonia Bianchetti Laura Caceffo
Anna De Faveri Francesca Veneri
Carola Freddi Loredana Mele
Grazia Montanari Manuela Schenale
Emanuela Simonetto Mariella Geloso

 

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
Chiara Campara  

 

Partner

Major partner

Major partner Unicredit

Automotive partner

Automotive partner Volkswagen

Official sponsor

Official sponsor Calzedonia Official sponsor Giovanni Rana

Mobility partner

Mobility partner Bahn

Media partner

Media partner RTL