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Macerata Opera Festival 2017


The Arena Sferisterio Association, founded by the Municipality of Macerata and its Province, promotes and organises the Macerata Opera Festival, celebrating this year its 53rd edition and its sixth year under the artistic direction of Francesco Micheli.

The title of the 53rd Opera Season, from 21 July to 14 August 2017,  is Oriente and counts on the programme Turandot and Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini and finally Aida by Giuseppe Verdi.


First the five operas of Macerata Opera Festival, then Sferisterio Live gets into full swing


  • 21 e 29 july, 4 e 13 august 2017
  • Artistic project Ricci/Forte
  • Turandot, opera in three acts and five tableaux. Music by Giacomo Puccini and libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. The great masterpiece by Puccini is directed by the currently most creative duo of authors-directors, Ricci and Forte, who make their debut as opera directors. Continue reading (more...)

    Madama Butterfly

  • 22 e 28 july - 6 e 12 august 2017
  • Direction of Nicola Berloffa
  • Madama Butterfly, opera in three (originally in two) acts by Giacomo Puccini, and libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica. This new production directed by Nicola Berloffa moves the action from its original setting to the Japan of the Second World War, with the aim of reflecting on the conflict between two different worlds and the condition of women. Continue reading (more...)


  • 30 july - 5, 11 e 14 august 2017
  • Regia di Francesco Micheli
  • Aida, opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi and libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni.  The AIDA directed by Francesco Micheli, which returns to the Sferisterio after three years, is a retelling of the well-known story of the Ethiopian princess and Radamès, as if from a modern Book of the Dead. Continue reading (more...)

    Shi (Si faccia)

  • 20 and 26 july - 2 and 9 august 2017
  • Cecilia Ligorio
  • SHI (to be) chamber opera inspired by the life of Father Matteo Ricci with libretto by Cecilia Ligorio. A new production commissioned to Carlo Boccadoro and Cecilia Ligorio to celebrate the life of Father Matteo Ricci, who was born in Macerata and is considered the most famous Western intellectual in Chinese culture. Continue reading (more...)

    Concerti in cantina

    La grande novità del Festival OFF! Sei concerti in sei cantine fra le più suggestive delle Marche per festeggiare con IMT i 50 anni delle DOC di Verdicchio di Matelica e Rosso Conero. Continue reading (more...)

    Sferisterio Live

    Discover the live concerts promoted by Macerata Opera Festival (more...)

    Festival Off

    Macerata dresses up for the Sferisterio

    It can’t be Festival without Festival OFF, enriching the summer with a series of exhibitions and music shows, among other events, all connected to the “Oriente” theme and enveloped by eastern notes. On Mondays, the protagonist will be Palazzo Buonaccorsi  with Life Strategies and on Tuesdays with workshops for children and the night recitals.  From Wednesdays, we have the series of concerts in cantina, cultural aperitifs, and musical flowers. And last but not least, the 3rd August is the Notte dell’Opera day! (more on Festival Off…)


    Conversations, recitals, concerts, workshops for children


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    Concerti in cantina, Pre-Opera Tastings, Backstage visits, Museums and much more


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