Black Sea Arena to host first-ever opera performance in Shekvetili
Two Georgian theatre venues will be the destination for the first-ever shows of Italy’s famed Festival Verdi outside the country, as international and local opera stars gear up to shine in the maiden Georgian edition of the annual event in August.
In three shows, the occasion will see Georgia become the first non-Italian host of the festival originally founded by the estate of Giuseppe Verdi as part of the exclusive agreement.
A Teatro Regio di Parma production of Un ballo in maschera will open the event at the Tbilisi theatre on August 16, with the Georgian artists of the venue featuring in the roster.
The show will see a new high in series of opera exchanges between Georgia and Italy, held over the recent years with the initiative of the Opera and Ballet Theatre artistic director Badri Maisuradze and his staff, Agenda.ge reported.
The second festival show will see the first-ever opera performance held at the new Black Sea Arena in Shekvetili on August 23.
A foreign staging team will bring a staging of Aida by the Arena di Verona amphitheatre in Italy to the stage of the modern performance location that has been hosting pop stars since its launch in 2016.