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Sferisterio Opera Festival

Macerata


Top Review:
amazing - a memorable experience,our first opera and it was wonderful. I would highly recommend anyone who visits the area to go. The set and... See all reviews »

Program Schedule

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Opera & Concerts at a Glance

Languages

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 Code

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.

Duration

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.

Disability

Some theaters may be equipped for those with disabilities. Please contact Select Italy for further details.

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  • amazing C. Halfknight (Worthing, - uk)

    a memorable experience,our first opera and it was wonderful. I would highly recommend anyone who visits the area to go. The set and the cast were amazing.

About the Theater

In 1819 construction began on the Arena Sferisterio amid the picturesque countryside of Macerata. The arena was originally intended to house Italy's national sport of handball. However, around 1909 the game's popularity began to decline due to the growing enthusiasm for football. By 1914 Arena Sferisterio showcased its first operatic performance of Vincenzo Bellini's NORMA. The enormous success of this venture paved the way to the Sferisterio's current position as one of Europe's premier venues for the operatic performances. Today this impressive open-air arena is home to the Macerata Opera Festival. As one of the country's most prestigious musical events, the festival attracts some of today's greatest musicians.