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:
|Peter Szanto (concertmaster)||Gunther Sanin (concertmaster)|
|Gelsomini Sofia 1 (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|
|Viktor Csanyi||Giuliana Santi|
|Antonino Enna||Corrado Menegazzo|
|Giuseppe Mari 1|
|Alberto Danelon||Massimiliano Di Stefano|
|Sergio Gavioli||Elena Carla Mazzoni|
|Chiara Ommassini||Luca Pozza|
|Dunia Balloni||Malgorzata Maria Kulka|
|Sara Airoldi 1||Massimiliano Martinelli 1|
|Ilir Bakiu||Marco Sartori|
|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)
|Paolo Guelfi 1||Lanfranco Martinelli 1|
|Domenico Faccin||Emilio Gueli|
|Andrea Leasi 1||Paolo Armato 1|
|Domenico Guglielmello||Michele Mazzon|
|Claudio Carta||Oreste Campedelli|
|Massimo Longhi 1||Angelo Pinciroli 1|
|Marco Resimini||Elena Foroni|
|Giancarlo Roberti 1||Diego Gatti 1|
|Laura Recchia 1|
|Gianluca Ubaldi 1|
|Alessandro Carobbi (xylophone, vibraphone marimba & suchlike)|
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
|Angel Julio Harkatz Kaufman||Gianluca Gheller|
|Marco Spanu||Alex Magri|
|Salvatore Schiano Di Cola||Enrico Sammarchi|
|Hubert Zingerle||Amerigo Iori|
|Renzo Litrico||Gianni Scardoni|
|Andrea Bonaldo||Giancarlo Galtieri|
|Dario Righetti||Antonino Scarbaci|
|Alessandro Andreoli||Nicolò Rigano|
|Maurizio Pantò||Francesco Azzolini|
|Alessandro Cazzato||Giancarlo Frison|
|Gabriele Lombardi||Valentino Perera|
|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|
|Marina Alberti||Alessandra Andreetti|
|Antonella D'amico||Elena Rita Maria Grassia|
|Mirca Molinari||Silvia Ruffo|
|Sabrina Canola||Patrizia Biondi|
|Barbara Massari||Tiziana Realdini|
|Tamara Zandonà||Sonia Zaramella|