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concert > Presentation of the 101st Arena di Verona Opera Festival


May 15, 2024 at 6 pm

The Embassy of Italy, the Fondazione Arena di Verona, and the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington are pleased to invite you to the presentation of the Arena di Verona’s 2024 Festival.

The evening will be an opportunity to hear directly from the General Manager of the Arena di VeronaCecilia Gasdia, and from Deputy Artistic Director of the Arena di VeronaStefano Trespidi, about the extraordinary line-up the festival has in store this year from June 7 to September 7.

A musical performance by Sopranos Yeajin Jeon and Gilda Fiuma, Tenor  Ivan Magri’, accompanied by Cecilia Gasdia at the piano, will follow with arias from “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi and from “Gianni Schicchi”, “Madame Butterfly”, “Tosca”, and “Turandot” by Giacomo Puccini, to mark the celebrations of the 100th anniversary since his death.

The evening will be introduced by H.E. Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, Ambassador of Italy to the United States.

Join us on May 15 at 6 pm in the auditorium of the Embassy of Italy.

To join us for the evening, a registration is required.
Light refreshments will be served following the performance.

📍Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008



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The following pieces will be performed:

  • Giuseppe Verdi, Celeste Aida, da Aida
  • Giuseppe Verdi, Ritorna vincitor, da Aida
  • Giacomo Puccini, O mio babbino caro, da Gianni Schicchi
  • Giacomo Puccini, Un bel dì vedremo, da Madama Butterfly
  • Giacomo Puccini, Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malìa, da Madama Butterfly
  • Giacomo Puccini, Vissi d’arte, da Tosca
  • Giacomo Puccini, Tu che di gel sei cinta, da Turandot
  • Giacomo Puccini, Nessun dorma, da Turandot


This event has been organized in collaboration with:

  • Organized by: Embassy of Italy
  • In collaboration with: Arena di Verona