Designed in Neoclassical style by Ireneo Aleandri, the Sferisterio is an open air stadium erected by private subscription in the 1820’s originally built as a stadium for Pallone col bracciale. The arena had been used for occasional theatrical events since 1871, but since about 1914 the opera began to be performed there.
The current “Macerata Opera Festival” takes place in this location, the acoustics are surprisingly good though its rather unusual shape for musical performances. The 2018 theme is #verdesperanza
All three operas on stage will recall the four natural elements: water, air, earth and fire. These timeless masterpieces will be re-interpreted in close connection with today’s world: the initiatory trials of Tamino and Pamina in Flauto Magico, along with Graham Vick‘s own reading, the earth (sand) and water (sea) of Michieletto‘s Elisir d’Amore, the liquid mirrors of the historic Traviata of the mirrors (Henning Brockhaus), along with the air, or aria, which is so intrinsically part of all operas.