Watch opera beneath the stars at Sferisterio, a stately open-air performance venue. Built between 1823 and 1829 and financed entirely by local citizens, the stadium originally served as a public arena for sports, circuses, and bull fights. Its neoclassical design features arches and columns, with one long straight side and a curved back wall rising three levels for the spectators. In 1921 the venue hosted its first opera performance and has since been entirely dedicated to the art. The short, wide stage puts the musicians in the unusual position of sitting so far apart that the two ends can't hear each other; however, the acoustics are still very impressive. The venue also hosts ballets and concerts; check online to see the schedule and book tickets. To visit Sferisterio on your trip to Macerata, use our Macerata trip planner.
I've been here so many times... it's the best open air arena in Italy, YES, better the Verona. The reason is of its dimensions and quality of the shows. Sferisterio is smaller than Verona but has the.... more »
Fantastic old historic opera house in Macerata. We saw Carmen here last night and it was a serious treat. We were in box 35 and had a lovely view of the stage, sets and production. The opera house.... more »
We didn't experience an opera or concert. We visited it outside the opera season, so you can only see the interior. We expected to see more: backstage, balcony, loges, .... Still nice to visit because it's a great building. But experiencing an opera or concert must be breath taking. If you believe this review is useful, then please 'like' it.
Fantastic old historic opera house in Macerata. We saw Carmen here last night and it was a serious treat. We were in box 35 and had a lovely view of the stage, sets and production. The opera house is magnificent. It has its quirks but still offers a wonderful time. The production was high quality and immensely entertaining. The air was warm and balmy. The town is lovely. Hard to fault a thing!
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