Operas are typically performed in their original language with Italian
subtitles. Get the full story before the opera! Select Italy offers a variety of libretti in
English to complement your opera tickets.
Dress nicely for Italian musical events. You may be turned away if you are
dressed too casually. Opening night opera performances require a full dark suit for men, an
elegant dress for ladies.
Operas, ballets and concerts can run anywhere from 1.5 to 3+ hours.
Consider your evening transportation options for returning to your hotel. Some trains or
public transportation may not be available after 10:30 pm.
Some theaters may be equipped for those with disabilities. Please contact
Select Italy for further details.
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night in the Opera in the Florence
Yuly Goldin (Denver, CO
We were very pleased with service of Select Italy and enjoyed a "Madame Butterfly" performance in the modern musical theater in Florence.
Select Italy and theatre top notch
Select Italy were exceptional in getting me good tickets for everything I tried to book. The seats were excellent as was the performance of the Barber of Seville. The theatre is very impressive and as soon as they sort out ticket collection it will be a perfect stop on a Florence tour.
William (Sydney, NSW
Select Italy provided tickets so quickly for what I expected to be a sold-out performance of the popular Verdi Requiem conducted by Zubin Mehta that I suspected an internet scam! I was delighted to find that my tickets were real and the seats were fantastic. No problems with the ticket collection at the box office and a magnificent performance, albeit after what I believe is the usual Italian late start to scheduled performances. A thoroughly enjoyable evening. Thank you so much for enabling this highlight of my visit to Florence.
Wonderful experience, great service.
Jessie (Durham, NC
We bought tickets to see La Traviata in Florence, and twice, Select Italy came through in a pinch.
First, I somehow deleted or lost the email with the original ticket vouchers, which were re-sent to me in no time.
Secondly, while at dinner before the opera, we suddenly realized we had 15 minutes to finish eating, find a cab, and get to the theater in time to pick up our tickets. In a panic I called Kate, the Italian contact, and asked if it was still worth trying to go if we were definitely going to be late getting to the ticket desk. She assured me that the opera often started late, and that even if we missed curtain, we would be let in after the first act. "It's definitely worth going; it's amazing," she said. So we rushed to the theater and managed to get there while people were still milling outside, got our tickets, found our amazing seats at the front of the 3rd balcony, and have a lovely time.
Thanks to SelectItaly for providing an incredible experience, and for being so available to help us out!
Opera in Florence
Linda R. Cantrell (Seattle, WA
We had a great time after getting our tickets which were not printed; but they scurried around and found evidence of my purchase! The sets and voices were amazing! Der Rosenkavalier was so well staged with mirrors to give the illusion of space. It was longer than expected but well worth it!
Music has always played a important part in the artistic life of Florence. In fact, the very first opera was preformed here at the end of the 16th century. The temple of Florentine music today is the Teatro dell'Opera di Firenze, inaugurated on December 21, 2011 with Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony," directed by Zubin Mehta. The horseshoe-shaped main auditorium seats 1,800 and, being clad in wood, has superb acoustics. With a smaller concert hall seating up to one thousand spectators and an outdoor cavea on the theater’s roof for concerts, recitals and special events, the new opera house is multi-functional.
Located on the western outskirts of Florence's historic center next to the green expanse of the Cascine Park, this strikingly contemporary theater complex was designed by architect Paolo Desideri of the firm ABDR. In 2014, it was awarded the Premio Nazionale for the best architectural work realized in Italy during the past five years. Other historic venues for the Maggio Musicale include the Teatro Goldoni, the refectory of the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Museo Casa Martelli.