ARENA DI VERONA: 100 YEARS OF OPERA, A talk by Stefano Trespidi


On the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of the Arena di Verona Opera Festival, celebrated throughout 2023, Stefano Trespidi, Vice Artist Director, will guide us through the fascinating history of this remarkable institution. Our exploration will commence with the very first opera, Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, held in 1913 in the iconic Roman amphitheatre, and extend to the plans outlined by the Fondazione Arena di Verona for the future. Since its first performance the Arena di Verona has hosted a pantheon of opera’s most celebrated artists, from Maria Callas to Luciano Pavarotti. The Arena’s centennial milestone serves as a reminder of the enduring allure of opera and the vital role this venue plays in preserving and perpetuating this form of art. As we reflect on a century of operatic brilliance at the Arena, we are reminded that  while the world around us may change  the power of music and the magic of opera remain timeless, resonating across generations and cultures.You will be immersed into the enchanting world of opera as you listen to recordings of some of the most exquisite ‘arie’ ever performed at the Festival.



Stefano Trespidi’s remarkable path in theatre started very young at Verona’s Arena Foundation, followed by a master’s degree at Academy of Arts and Crafts at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Throughout his career, Trespidi collaborated with acclaimed directors such as Giancarlo Del Monaco, Hugo de Ana, Pierluigi Pizzi, Gilbert Deflo, Graham Vick, Denis Krief, and Franco Zeffirelli. His long collaboration with Franco Zeffirelli, led to restaging his iconic productions worldwide such as “Carmen” in 2003. Trespidi’s work extended to prominent theatres worldwide, including Palermo’s Massimo, Lausanne Opera, Opéra Comique in Paris, Bologna’s Comunale, Oviedo’s Campoamor, Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Pamplona’s Baluarte to name a few. He directed a range of operatic productions, including Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” in 2004, Verdi’s “La Traviata” in 2005, and a New Year’s Gala in 2006 at Verona’s Teatro Filarmonico. His repertoire also included works by Zanon, Mozart, Domingo, and Verdi, staged in various international venues. In addition to his opera work, Stefano directed Liszt’s “Via Crucis” at Verona’s Duomo and contributed to the opening event of the 2nd National Ecclesial Conference at the Arena di Verona in 2007. He collaborated with R.A.I. during the Cultural Olympics in Turin in 2006. Trespidi’s dedication to the Fondazione Arena di Verona culminated in his role as Vice Artistic Director.


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Tuesday 23 January 2024