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Verona Opera Festival is one of the most impressive, long-standing events in Italy. Taking place each year in Shakespeare’s city of Verona, the summer-long festival is hosted in a magnificent 1st-century Roman amphitheatre, which houses 20,000 open-air seats. 

The festival is generally held between June and August, with performances taking place in the evenings when the temperatures have cooled and the city is at its most atmospheric. Past operas have included the likes of Carmen, Aida, La Traviata and Madame Butterfly, with full schedules released in advance.

Operas & dates for the 2018 Verona Opera Festival


Carmen: 22, 29 June; 6, 11, 17, 21 July; 3, 9, 12, 22, 25, 28, 31 August

Aida: 23, 28 June; 8, 10, 14, 19, 22, 27 July; 2, 5, 7, 11, 19, 23, 29 August; 1 September

Turandot: 30 June; 5, 13, 18, 26 July

Nabucco: 7, 12, 20, 28 July; 10, 18 August 

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville): 4, 8, 17, 24, 30 August 


Call us to book your Verona Opera break

We can book you tickets to performances, as well as arranging your hotel stay, flights and any extras you might like. Give our Italy Experts a call on 01293 733479* and ask them to customise an itinerary for you. 

A variety of seats at different price points are available, from premium seats with elegant dress codes, to great-value unreserved seating on the amphitheatre’s ancient stone steps (cushions recommended!). Your Italy Expert can talk you through the options so you can decide which tickets would be best for you.

You can also take a look at our Verona Opera Break for inspiration.

Find your perfect hotel

From historic palazzos to great-value city stays, find a hotel for your trip to the Verona Opera Festival. 

Prefer to stay on Lake Garda? We can arrange transport to get you to and from the festival. 

Find out more about seating, dress codes and food & drink with our in-depth festival guide.