After 2000 years of history, the Arena of Verona is celebrating the Centenary of its Opera Festival with Verdi’s AIDA by La Fura dels Baus. From rehearsals to the opening night, we follow the workers and artists who created the most famous operatic festival in the world.
The background actress Marja, student of molecular biology. Filippo, the tireless Directors’ Assistant, with a passion for bel canto. The mime Marjolaine and Massimo, the trumpet player. Chief propman Marco, a failed singer. The veteran atmosphere actor Federico and the young Nadine, at her first role in the Choir. All of them are normal people, yet extraordinary at the same time; each of them with a personal, impassioned bond with an extremely demanding mistress: the Verona Arena. Skilfully balanced between on-stage and off-stage, private life and public exhibition, and between sacred representation and profane entertainment, MAGICARENA reveals the Opera secrets, as you have never seen before. Our protagonists’ lives are messed up by the preparation of a new Verdi’s Aida, in its III Millennium version, directed by the Spanish vanguard masters: the La Fura dels Baus. Such a mixture of innovation and tradition, will have a huge impact, both on them and on the public.

 

“Skilfully balanced between on-stage and off-stage, private life and public exhibition, and between sacred representation and profane entertainment, MAGICARENA reveals the Opera secrets, as you have never seen before.”