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Centennale dell' Opera Festival dell' Arena di Verona- Concerto



Centennale dell' Opera Festival dell' Arena di Verona- Concerto


In order to promote the 100th season of the

Arena di Verona Opera Festival
(June 16 - September 9, 2023),

Fondazione Arena,
in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in NY,
organizes two events in New York City on November 9 and 10.


On November 10th there will be a concert at Zankal Hall (Carnegie Hall)

RSVP by: November 7 @



Monica Conesa, soprano
Gilda Fiume, soprano
Olesya Petrova, mezzo-soprano
Brian Jagde, tenor - is appearing courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera
Luca Salsi, baritone - is appearing courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera
Christian Van Horn, bass-baritone - is appearing courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera
Federico Brunello, piano

Giuseppe Verdi, Aida
O cieli azzurri
Monica Conesa, soprano

Ruggero Leoncavallo, Pagliacci
Vesti la giubba
Brian Jagde, tenor

Giuseppe Verdi, Un ballo in maschera
Re dell’abisso affrettati
Olesya Petrova, mezzo-soprano

Giuseppe Verdi, Rigoletto
Cortigiani, vil razza dannata
Luca Salsi, baritone

Vincenzo Bellini, Norma
Casta Diva
Gilda Fiume, soprano

Giuseppe Verdi, Ernani
Infelice e tuo credevi
Christian Van Horn, bass-baritone

Amilcare Ponchielli, La Gioconda
Monica Conesa, soprano

Giuseppe Verdi, Il Trovatore
Stride la vampa
Olesya Petrova, mezzo-soprano

Umberto Giordano, Andrea Chénier
Nemico della patria
Luca Salsi, baritone

Giuseppe Verdi, La Traviata
È strano!... è strano! Ah, forse è lui… Follie!... follie! Sempre libera…
Gilda Fiume, soprano


The Arena is a perfectly preserved ancient Roman amphitheatre in the heart of Verona, a city in the Italian region of Veneto. Over the course of its two-thousand-year history, the Arena has become a renowned monument, continuing to be a meeting place and to host grandiose performances of all kinds. Since 1913, the year the world celebrated the centenary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth, the magic of grand opera under the stars has been repeated for hundreds of thousands of spectators from all over the world, every summer. Only two World Wars and a pandemic have interrupted the progressive number of festivals, which in summer 2023 will reach the 100th edition.
Fondazione Arena di Verona announces a very rich 2023 season which will take place from June 16th to September 9th: 50 evenings, including, for the very first time, eight opera titles, four galas and an extraordinary concert with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala.
The Festival will open with a new production of Aida, the Arena’s “crowning glory” since its 1913 première, and from then, its best-loved and most performed opera in Verona. This will be followed by the richest, most varied proposal in the history of the Festival, with grandiose productions of the best-loved operas from the last twenty years, and some of the finest artists from the international opera scene.
True to its vocation to promote Italian music and culture in the world (including the Art of Italian Opera Singing, a candidate for inclusion in the UNESCO intangible world heritage list), the Arena di Verona has always been an accessible, popular and universal home to musical theatre, but also a venue dear to the hearts of international stars, personalities and spectators alike, and therefore, a powerful location when it comes to the inclusiveness of art and entertainment.
In view of the 100th Festival, the Fondazione Arena di Verona has organised a tour of ten events in ten different countries around the world until May 2023. In New York it is presenting a programme entirely dedicated to the great repertoire of Italian melodrama, from operas which have all been performed at the Arena in its 100 years of history, in keeping with its tradition, bringing together well-known artists and promising new talents.


Born near Venice in 1997, Federico Brunello had his Piano Degree in Vicenza. Fascinated by human voice, he started studying as Vocal Coach with Enza Ferrari and attended the Master for Vocal Coach (Teatro Sperimentale Belli in Spoleto).
Thus began his career collaborating with Italian theaters (Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino also as musical stage conductor, Opera di Roma, Teatro Del Monaco in Treviso, Teatro Comunale in Bologna) and international theaters (Festival Internacional de Santander, Opera de Lille, Opera Clermont-Ferrand, Aix-en-Provence, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Palau des Arts in Valencia, NCPA in Beijing).
He began his collaboration for the historical Arena di Verona Opera Festival in 2015 and became official pianist of Fondazione Arena di Verona in 2021.
He worked with important singers and conductors (Yoncheva, Scandiuzzi, Nucci, Sartori, Salsi, Furlanetto, Agresta, Devia, Siri, Armiliato, Oren, Renzetti, Metha, Harding, Santi, Palumbo).

Cuban-American soprano Monica Conesa was awarded the first prize in the 2021 Premio “Fausto Ricci” Competition. That same year she also placed first in the prestigious International Singing Competition “Maria Caniglia” in Sulmona.
In the summer of 2021, Monica studied at the European Music Institute Wien with Maestro Francisco Ariaza, and soon after she performed the role of Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana with Accademia Nazionale di Belcanto Italiano in Castelvetro di Modena. She also trained in the International School of the Voice at the Mozarteum in Vienna with Maestro Audrey Saint-Gil. Currently, Monica continues her studies with the International School of Voice under the tutelage of Maestros Mauricio Trejo and Elizabeth de Trejo.
She recently debuted as Aida at the 99th Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2022. She debuts in the title role in Ponchielli's La Gioconda in the 2022 Opera Season at Teatro Filarmonico in Verona.

Born in Sarno, after classical studies, Gilda Fiume graduated in singing in 2009 in Salerno with honors and then she studied at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome with Renata Scotto. She is studying with Mariella Devia.
Pure lyric coloratura soprano, after having won several international competitions, she made her debut as Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore in Bergamo, then performed Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in Naples, Parma, Cagliari, Salerno, Modena, Kiel, Maria de Rudenz at the Wexford Festival, La Fille du regiment in Salerno, Bellini's La Sonnambula in Verona and Catania and Norma in Salerno and Torino, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Sassari, La Coruna and Bergamo where she was also Eleonora in Torquato Tasso in the Donizetti Festival, Verdi’s La Traviata in Salerno, Treviso, Trieste, Torino and Boston, Gilda in Rigoletto in Salerno and Torino.
She collaborated with artists such as Amelio, Armiliato, Brockhaus, Carsen, Chung, Krief, Oren, Pacini, Ranzani, Vizioli. She made her Arena di Verona debut as Micaela in Bizet's Carmen in the 2022 Festival.

Olesya Petrova is a very sought-after mezzo-soprano and has toured in Europe, the USA, South America, South Korea, China and Japan. She made her debut at the Arena di Verona in 2017 as Amneris in Verdi’s Aida, a role she also played in the 2021 and the 2022 Opera Festivals.
Some recent and future highlights include: Amneris in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera, at the ROH Covent Garden, and at Mikhailovsky Theatre; Azucena in Il Trovatore and Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi, La Frugola in Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Madelon in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier at the Metropolitan Opera; Ulrica in Un Ballo in maschera at Deutsche Oper Berlin and at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville; Fortune-teller in Prokof’ev’s The Fiery Angel at Teatro Real in Madrid; Countess in Čajkovskij’s The Queen of spades and Ulrica in Un Ballo in maschera at Mikhailovsky Theatre; Jezibaba in Dvořák’s Rusalka at Opéra Royal Wallonie de Liège; Azucena in Il Trovatore in Rovigo and Treviso; Azucena in Il Trovatore (concert version) and Verdi’s Requiem with Auckland Philharmonic.

Heralded internationally as an artist with “a remarkable future” (Opera World), American tenor Brian Jagde brings his dynamic vocalism and captivating dramatic presence to international stages in the 2022/23 season.
Jagde makes three role debuts this season: Samson in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila at the Teatro di San Carlo, Canio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci in his house debut at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and the title role in Verdi’s Don Carlo at London’s Royal Opera House. Additionally, he sings Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca at Opéra national de Paris, Radamés in Verdi’s Aida at the Metropolitan Opera and in a new production at the Bayerische Staatsoper and makes his house debut at the Staatsoper Berlin singing Samson.
Last season, he returned to the Arena di Verona to open the 2022 Festival as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, where he previously starred in a new production of the opera to open the 2018 season.
In addition to his stage career, he advocates and volunteers for several arts education organizations and schools worldwide, including his Ambassador role for Opera for Peace.

“A voice so fine that it stands out from the crowd on stage: incisive, rich, polished, powerful and fresh”, baritone Luca Salsi was born in San Secondo Parmense and graduated in singing in Parma. His career has led him to perform major roles on the world’s greatest stages with eminent conductors and directors.
He opened the Teatro alla Scala season four times conducted by Riccardo Chailly: in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier (2017), Puccini’s Tosca (2019), “…a riveder le stelle” (2020) and Verdi’s Macbeth (2021). In 2021-’22 season he took part in Macbeth in Vienna, Verdi’s Rigoletto in Florence, Venice and London, Tosca and Verdi’s Nabucco in Madrid, Verdi’s Otello in Munich, Un Ballo in maschera in Milan and in Chicago with Riccardo Muti.
He made his debut in Verona at Teatro Filarmonico in 2008 in Verdi's Attila. He debuted at the Arena di Verona in 2011 as Marcello in La Bohème, and since then he returned many times to perform Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (Renato), Aida (Amonasro), Nabucco, Il Trovatore (Conte di Luna), La Traviata (Giorgio Germont) and gala concerts.

Bass-baritone Christian Van Horn received his Master’s degree in music from Yale University and is a graduate of The Patrick and Shirley Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He is the 2018 Winner of the Richard Tucker Award.
This season he returns to Chicago in Verdi’s Ernani, and to the Metropolitan Opera in Bellini’s Norma, Verdi’s Aida and Puccini’s La Bohéme.
He has appeared in many great opera houses of the world. His repertoire includes Mozart’s Don Giovani and Le Nozze di Figaro, Boito’s Mefistofele; Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Gounod’s Faust and Roméo et Juliette, Britten’s Billy Budd, Offenbach’s Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Guillaume Tell., Puccini’s Turandot, Berlioz’s Les Troyens, Verdi’s Nabucco and Macbeth. He also appeared in the world premieres of Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of the Soul at Santa Fe Opera and Tutino's Two Women at San Francisco Opera.
He recorded Le Nozze di Figaro and appeared in the Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcasts of Verdi’s Falstaff and Adés’ The Exterminating Angel (American premiere).



Data: Gio 10 Nov 2022

Orario: Dalle 19:30 alle 21:30

Organizzato da : Arena di Verona

In collaborazione con : IIC NY

Ingresso : Libero


Carnegie Hall - Zankal Hall