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Event
19 July 2022 - 21 August 2022

Macerata Opera Festival, the unmissable event for experiencing culture in the Marche region

Overview

The event runs from 19 July to 21 August 2022 at the Sferisterio in Macerata.

On these dates, the majestic location, an open-air theatre that is a sublime example of Neoclassicism, will host the Macerata Opera Festival, the flagship event of the Marche region: unmissable for opera and symphonic music fans.
As a corollary, a city with a multi-layered history.

Browsing through the programme

Summer 2022 sparkles again with the rich programme of the Macerata Opera Festival, which includes 22 evenings at the Sferisterio and 2 at the Lauro Rossi Theatre. A tribute to Beethoven consists of 3 symphonies and 5 piano concertos. And indeed, the opening of the festival, on 19 July, is dedicated to the musical genius, with the Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Zubin Mehta performing Symphony No. 9. Other composers enlivening the programme include Mascagni, Antonín Dvořák, George Gershwin and John Williams.
This year the Macerata Opera Festival programme makes a nod to cinema, in a synergy between the arts. Giacomo Puccini's Tosca sees a new production featuring a 1950s film set. If you are a fan of Charlie Chaplin, as well as an opera lover, a special evening awaits you: buy your ticket for The Circus - Pagliacci. Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera is preceded by a screening of the film The Circus, in the version restored by the Cineteca di Bologna. The Barber of Seville, a comic melodrama by Marche composer Gioachino Rossini, is also staged on a set, this time in a television studio style.
Another date to mark in your diary is 13 August, when Brazilian music star Toquinho takes the stage at the Sferisterio, with his band performing music from fifty years of his career.

Marche: the region of beautiful theatres

There are over 100 theatres in the Marche region, a record number, and attending an evening at the Sferisterio means experiencing this extraordinary artistic and cultural wealth first-hand.
The 19th-century building, designed by Ireneo Aleandri and commissioned by a group of patrons of the city, is one of the most important examples of Neoclassicism in Italy, with its imposing colonnade and surrounding walls.
On the semicircular arena, in addition to the balcony, two tiers of boxes open up, unique in Italy, making it a true open-air theatre that is architecturally different from an arena.

Originally intended for the game of Palla al Bracciale - a kind of ball game - and now a temple of opera and music, it can seat 3,000 people.

Also open to visitors during rehearsals, the Sferisterio di Macerata inaugurated the InclusivOpera initiative in 2009. This is an audio description service of the operas, free of charge, for the blind and visually impaired. Live surtitling is also provided for each opera, projected on the back wall in Italian and English, for greater understanding of the libretto and for the benefit of the deaf. The commitment to inclusivity is completed with 3D tactile paths for exploring the sets, costumes and instruments, as well as LIS paths.
When you visit the Teatro Lauro Rossi, or attend one of the events of the Macerata Opera Festival, pause to take in the details of this late Baroque masterpiece inaugurated in 1774. Look up towards the boxes to admire the embossed balustrades, then shift your gaze to the proscenium boxes bordered by giant columns with Corinthian capitals. Stuccoes and polychrome faux marble form a spectacle within a spectacle.

Beyond the Sferisterio... 5 tips for a complete experience

  • Explore the stately palaces which Macerata abounds with, starting with Palazzo Buonaccorsi, amidst Baroque frescoes and coffered ceilings. Continue on to Palazzo Ricci.
  • Arrive in Piazza della Libertà from the Loggia dei Mercanti and stop in one of the historic cafés for a coffee at the outdoor tables.
  • At 12pm and 6pm, especially if you are visiting with children, head to the Planetarium Clock: an angel and the Three Wise Men come alive at that time to parade in front of the Madonna.
  • Stay in a historical residence, right in the centre: charming and handy to reach from the Sferisterio after the shows.
  • At the table, try vincisgrassi, a rich timbale that is the city's signature dish. Drink local: Verdicchio, Salaparuta, Sangiovese and Montepulciano.
Teatro Sferisterio of Macerata

Piazza Nazario Sauro, 62100 Macerata MC, Italy

Call +390733271709 Website

Hours

From 19 July to 21 August from 9 a.m.

The Theatre Box Office at 10, Piazza Mazzini, is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
On performance Sundays, the box office will be open from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. Please note that online purchase is always preferable: seats and ticket prices are the same.

Tickets

Operas and concert on 19 July conducted by Zubin Mehta (19 July 2022)
Tosca | Pagliacci - The Circus | The Barber of Seville | Concert by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Zubin Mehta (19th July 2022)

Tickets from €15 to €150 with reductions for Over 65s and Under 30s

 

Concerts
Rapsodia Satanica (23 July) | Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conducted by Myung-Whun Chung (21 July) | Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini conducted by Donato Renzetti (30 July) | Jan Lisiecki (4 and 6 August) | Toquinho (13 August)

Tickets from €15 to €80 with reductions for Over 65s and Under 30s

 

Children up to 3 years of age are admitted free of charge without an assigned seat, if held in the arms of an adult.
Please note that balcony seats are standing room only and it will not be possible to enter the theatre with seats or stools.

The Theatre Box Office at 10, Piazza Mazzini, is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
On performance Sundays, the box office will be open from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. Please note that online purchase is always preferable: seats and ticket prices are the same.

Please note: the official sales channel of the Macerata Opera Festival is Vivaticket.

 

For information on the programme and to purchase tickets, please refer to www.sferisterio.it

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Tickets

Operas and concert on 19 July conducted by Zubin Mehta (19 July 2022)
Tosca | Pagliacci - The Circus | The Barber of Seville | Concert by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Zubin Mehta (19th July 2022)

Tickets from €15 to €150 with reductions for Over 65s and Under 30s

 

Concerts
Rapsodia Satanica (23 July) | Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conducted by Myung-Whun Chung (21 July) | Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini conducted by Donato Renzetti (30 July) | Jan Lisiecki (4 and 6 August) | Toquinho (13 August)

Tickets from €15 to €80 with reductions for Over 65s and Under 30s

 

Children up to 3 years of age are admitted free of charge without an assigned seat, if held in the arms of an adult.
Please note that balcony seats are standing room only and it will not be possible to enter the theatre with seats or stools.

The Theatre Box Office at 10, Piazza Mazzini, is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
On performance Sundays, the box office will be open from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. Please note that online purchase is always preferable: seats and ticket prices are the same.

Please note: the official sales channel of the Macerata Opera Festival is Vivaticket.

 

For information on the programme and to purchase tickets, please refer to www.sferisterio.it

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