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.
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public transportation may not be available after 10:30 pm.
Some theaters may be equipped for those with disabilities. Please contact
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C. Halfknight (Worthing,
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.