Arena Young, the Fondazione Arena‘s project, will begin on January 17, 2024, and will include performances for students and families, meetings with artists, premiere concerts and ballets, as well as insights with directors, singers, and musicians. The educational initiative, which started in 1998, has grown with its participants year after year, and the upcoming edition will feature 57 events between Teatro Filarmonico and Sala Filarmonica.

Among the projects is Andiamo a Teatro (Let’s Go to the theatre), an initiative aiming to bring together young people and adults to experience theatre, opera, and concerts. Andiamo a Teatro includes midweek opera and ballet performances, as well as all symphony concerts. Before the performance, there will be an in-depth prelude with directors, singers, and musicians. In a casual setting, it will then be possible to examine the plot, characters, and theatrical language with people who work in the theatre.

“Arena Young’s” “Il teatro si racconta” review

“Il teatro si racconta” (The theatre unfolds) is also not to be missed: ten newly produced works specifically aimed at children and young people  shows that are diverse in terms of issues covered, styles, and age goals. On January 17, there will be, ” k1, k2, k3…stella!”, intended for kindergarten and early primary school years. On January 25, it will be the turn of “L’imperatore di Atlantide” (The Emperor of Atlantis), a musical and theatrical production that tells the narrative of Nazism and its atrocities. Instead, in February, “Favole al telefono: il re che doveva morire” (Fairy Tales on the Phone: The King Who Had to Die), based on Gianni Rodari’s narratives, will be presented.

“Campiello Young”, an opera based on Carlo Goldoni’s masterwork presented to children, will be on stage in March with an orchestra, singers, and a narrator. And again, musicians, singers, and a live sand drawing artist will narrate “Aida Sand Art”. The new format of “Opera in Giallo-Tosca” premieres in April. This new interpretation of Puccini’s opera will see the active involvement of youngsters who, like real detectives, will get to know the characters and strive to solve a murder case with the narrator.

The celebration of Puccini’s 100th birthday will continue in the fall with Le Villi, his first opera. It will then proceed to two additional must-see performances: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Rossini’s La Cenerentola, the latter in shortened form. The freshly introduced “Il magico panettone” (The Magic Panettone) will wrap out the year with fun for the small ones.

Five of these pieces will be performed again on Saturday afternoons as part of “Sogniamo ad occhi aperti: a Teatro in Famiglia!” (Daydreaming: Family Theatre!). Short plays for children and adults with specially discounted tickets. Tickets may be purchased here.