Macerata Opera Festival – Macerata
July 19th to August 21st, 2022. Rossini’s and Puccini’s operas open-air at the Sferisterio
Great music in the Summer at the Sferisterio in Macerata, a huge and suggestive open-air theatre: the Macerata Opera Festival takes place here from July 19th until August 21st, 2022.
This year, the schedule includes:
– Tosca by Giacomo Puccini and
– Il Barbiere di Siviglia (the Barber of Seville) by Gioacchino Rossini
– I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo
– concerts and music events
To see the calendar and the program, follow the link >>>
The Sferisterio in Macerata was inaugurated in 1829 as the arena for the ball with bracelet game, that was very famous in the 1800’s. It hosted also public shows and feasts, jousts, horse parades, political and sports events, bull hunting and circus.
In 1921, for the initiative of Count Pier Alberto Conti, the first opera debuts at Sferisterio. It was Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, and it has been played for 17 evenings and seen by 70000 opera lovers.
Thanks to its 2500 seats and 104 stages, excellent visibility, a great natural acoustic and a very big stage, Sferisterio is nowadays one of the most prestigious and appreciated open-air theatres in Italy.
Many artists performed on its stage such as Mario Del Monaco, Luciano Pavarotti, Katia Ricciarelli, Renato Bruson, Montserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo. Also, some settings entered in the history like the famous Traviata degli Specchi by Maestro Josef Svoboda in 1992 and the unforgettable Bohème by Ken Russel in 1984.