Jonas Kaufmann Gala Event - Verona Arena 2020

HISTORIC DEBUT OF JONAS KAUFMANN AT THE ARENA DI VERONA FOR THE 2020 FESTIVAL

 

Just over a month from the end of the 2019 Festival 2019, which closed following a unanimous success on behalf of the public and critics, Fondazione Arena has announced the debut of Jonas Kaufmann at the Arena di Verona for the special evening on 28th June 2020.

 

The 2020 Festival, which will begin on 13th June with a new production of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, promises to be full of surprises, thank to an artistic program that alternates great titles from the operatic repertory with five special evenings with some of the world’s top artists. The Jonas Kaufmann Gala Event on 28th June is the first of the special events on the program and will be an unmissable event whose protagonist will be Jonas Kaufmann, the famous German tenor contended by theatres all over the world, finally on his eagerly awaited Arena debut.

The news was announced today by the Artist himself, on the occasion of the launch of the book and the album “Wien”, presented at Vienna’s Musikverein with the participation of the international press. Kaufmann stated that at present the Josef Kaufmann Gala Event on 28th June is the only Italian date of his intense artistic activity for the whole of 2020, and for this important appointment the tenor is arranging with the Theatre an opera program studied ad hoc for the Arena amphitheatre.

Kaufmann’s eagerly awaited debut at the Arena confirms the attention taken by Fondazione Arena di Verona with the artistic quality of the casts, thanks to the appeal on the Verona stage of the major performers and stars on the international opera scenario.

Cecilia Gasdia stated, “The debut of the great German tenor Jonas Kaufmann at the Arena di Verona is the result of an intense year’s work. It is therefore a great joy for me and an enormous satisfaction to announce his arrival and moreover with his only Italian date, at the moment, for the whole of 2020. An important exclusive event that will attract his numerous fans from all over the world and strengthens our relationship with his German-speaking followers, who really adore him, to the point that, for his 50th birthday, one of the most prestigious German art book publishers has published an important monograph dedicated to his life.

This is the beginning of a musical and artistic process to create a program and a show worthy of his and our fame. In a word, unique, just like our Arena is unique. A really fantastic challenge for the entire Arena team.”

Great enthusiasm is also heard in the words of Kaufmann, who reveals that he has waited for this moment for a long time: “I am very happy to announce my debut in Verona, where I came many times as a student and always wondered what it would feel like to sing in front of that immense crowd in that special place. The opportunity never occurred, but now it has finally arrived.”

Tickets for the Jonas Kaufmann Gala Event are on sale from today. They include the brand-new prestigious 1st sector platinum stall seats and the 4th and 5th sectors, which ensure an exceptional view of the stage.

So all that’s necessary is to visit the Web site www.arena.it and follow the social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube) to reserve seats and enjoy the magic experience of opera at the Arena also in the summer of 2020. In the event of cancellation of the Jonas Kaufmann Gala Event, it will be staged on the following evening: 29/6/2020

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Verona Arena

The Verona Arena (Arena di Verona) is a Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra in Verona, Italy built in 30 AD. It is still in use today and is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances given there. It is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind.

 

Amphitheatre

The building itself was built in AD 30 on a site which was then beyond the city walls. The ludi (shows and games) staged there were so famous that spectators came from many other places, often far away, to witness them. The amphitheatre could host more than 30,000 spectators in ancient times.

The round façade of the building was originally composed of white and pink limestone from Valpolicella, but after a major earthquake in 1117, which almost completely destroyed the structure's outer ring, except for the so-called "ala", the stone was quarried for re-use in other buildings. Nevertheless it impressed medieval visitors to the city, one of whom considered it to have been a labyrinth, without ingress or egress. Ciriaco d'Ancona was filled with admiration for the way it had been built and Giovanni Antonio Panteo's civic panegyric De laudibus veronae, 1483, remarked that it struck the viewer as a construction that was more than human.

 

Musical theatre

 

The first interventions to recover the arena's function as a theatre began during the Renaissance. Some operatic performances were later mounted in the building during the 1850s, owing to its outstanding acoustics.

And in 1913, operatic performances in the arena commenced in earnest due to the zeal and initiative of the Italian operatenor Giovanni Zenatello and the impresario Ottone Rovato. The first 20th-century operatic production at the arena, a staging of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida, took place on 10 August of that year, to mark the birth of Verdi 100 years before in 1813. Musical luminaries such as Puccini and Mascagni were in attendance. Since then, summer seasons of opera have been mounted continually at the arena, except in 1915–18 and 1940–45, when Europe was convulsed in war.

Nowadays, at least four productions (sometimes up to six) are mounted each year between June and August. During the winter months, the local opera and ballet companies perform at the L'Accademia Filarmonica.

Modern-day travellers are advised that admission tickets to sit on the arena's stone steps are much cheaper to buy than tickets giving access to the padded chairs available on lower levels. Candles are distributed to the audience and lit after sunset around the arena.

Every year over 500,000 people see productions of the popular operas in this arena.[3] Once capable of housing 20,000 patrons per performance (now limited to 15,000 because of safety reasons), the arena has featured many of world's most notable opera singers. In the post-World War II era, they have included Giuseppe Di Stefano, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi and Renata Tebaldi among other names. A number of conductors have appeared there, too. The official arena shop has historical recordings made by some of them available for sale.

The opera productions in the Verona Arena had not used any microphones or loudspeakers until an electronic sound reinforcement system was installed in 2011.

 

How to reach Verona

 

By Car
Verona is easily reached by taking:
- the A4 Motorway SERENISSIMA, Milan-Venice, exit Verona Sud.
- or by taking the A22 Motorway Brennero-Modena, followed by the A4 Motorway Milan-Venice, direction Venice, exit Verona Sud.
Then follow the signs for all directions ('tutte le direzioni) followed by the signs for the city centre. 
Approximative distances from Verona by Motorways:
Vicenza km 51 Venezia km 114 Florence km 230 
Brescia km 68 Bologna km 142 Rome km 600 
Padova km 84 Bolzano km 157 Naples km 800 
Trento km 103 Milan km 161 

By Bus
The city centre is linked to the surrounding towns and villages, as well as Lake Garda, by a public transport bus service (the buses are blue in colour) which can be accessed at the bus station, situated directly opposite the train station (APTV Service). Click here for timetables and routes. 


By Train
The main railway station is VERONA PORTA NUOVA, which is the crossroads of both the Milan - Venice line and the Brennero - Rome line. 
There are direct trains and InterCity trains from all the main railway stations in the north of Italy throughout the day. 
Duration of trip : from Padua 40 minutes; from Vicenza 30 minutes; from Venice 1½ hours; from Milan 2 hours and from Rome 5 hours. 
City buses can be taken from the train station to the city centre and arrive in Piazza Bra, the central square where the Arena Amphitheatre is found. 
The Bus numbers are 11, 12, 13, 14, 72 and 73. 

By Plane
Verona's international Airport Catullo in Villafranca is situated approximately 10 km S-W of the city centre. 
There is a shuttle bus service to and from the airport approximately every 20 minutes from 06.10 to 23.30. 
The airport bus terminal is outside Porta Nuova Railway Station. 
Brescia Montichiari Airport which is situated approximately 52 kilometres from Verona, is also linked to Verona Porta Nuova Train station by a shuttle bus which runs approximately twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. Again the bus terminal is outside Porta Nuova Railway Station. 

 

Parking  - Getting by car and parking next to the Arena
 

From highway A4 or A22 get the exit for Verona Sud.
Follow the signal “tutte le direzioni” (all directions) and then Verona city centre. 

Parking Arena
Via M.Bentegodi,8 - Verona - 37122

Parking Arsenale
Piazza Arsenale,8 - Verona - 37126

Parking Isolo
Via Ponte Pignolo, 6/c - Verona - 37129

Parking Polo Zanotto
Viale Università,4 - Verona - 37129

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