Opera arena in Macerata

Italy has several very attractive opera arenas like the Sferisterio, an opera arena in Macerata, in the central Marche region near the Adriatic coast.

If you haven’t got tickets to the opera in Verona Arena there are  alternatives. Italy has several very attractive outdoor venues,  when it comes to dramatic song performances.

In july we stumbled upon the Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata that stages 3-4 popular performances each summer along with a number of other musical events. This year one of the main acts was Madame Butterfly.

Opera arena in Macerata

The Sferisterio in Macerata was built in 1829 as a stadium for an Italian kind of handball, circuses and bull fights, but today it has a reputation as the open air theater with the best acoustics. The arena is formed as a half circle with a very tall and long wall behind the stage. It is surrounded by arches and columns carrying a double row of boxes, and a stone gallery with seating for more than 3 000 spectators. A perfect neoclassical setting for a night out in Italy.

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2 replies
  1. Adri
    Adri says:

    Hi Mette,

    I adore opera. I mean I am an absolute fanatic, so it’s always a pleasure to learn about new venues and festivals. The Sferisterio Opera Festival is completely new to me, and it sounds wonderful. Along with an olive oil tour vacation,. I would love to go on an opera vacation! Once our home is finished, I hope to do a bit of traveling. I hope all is well with you, and thanks for the info about this festival.

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    • admin
      admin says:

      Hi Adri, thank you for your good wishes. I’m not that much into opera, but an old, open arena on a balmy, moonlit night can turn anyone into a fan. And Macerata is right next to Abruzzo.

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