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Opera museum opens in Verona

Opera museum opens in Verona
2 Jul 2012

Opera enthusiasts travelling to Verona can now visit the first floor of the Arena MuseOpera (AMO), a museum featuring a range of unique exhibits celebrating the significant role that Italy has played in the world of opera over the centuries.

A special opening event was held at the Palazzo Forti and attended by high profile figures including the city mayor Flavio Tosi.

The central concept of the museum is to take the visitor through the creative process involved in staging an opera, from the compilation of the text and score to the final production.

Highlights of the institution's collection include scores, letters and notes made by some of the great Italian composers, most notably Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini.

Members of the public can also see costumes, set-design sketches, photographs and other items of historical significance from the Arena di Verona's own archive.

The full development of the AMO is due to be finalised by June 2013, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Italian city's famous opera festival.

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