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“Marvelous museum - could have spent all day in there”

AMO - Arena Museo Opera
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed August 23, 2013

We visited this place as we got free access to part of the exhibition with our Arena di Verona ticket.
We were expecting somewhere a bit boring with a few dusty moth eaten exhibits and a bit of background music.
Somewhere to spend half an hour out of the hot sun.

Boy were we wrong!

First visit we must have spent about 2 hours in there.
The next day we went back and paid to see the rest of the exhibitions too and spent between 3 and 4 hours in there - only rushing off then because we needed to eat before our flight home!

There are some great original scores and letters from Verdi & Puccini. Some very impressive stage props and some absolutely beautiful costumes. But the room that enthralled us was playing continual arias from various productions from the Arena, mainly to demonstrate the different stage settings. What a wonderful way to while away a few hours!

The current Pavarrotti exhibition is also very good - again lots of original stuff, costumes, possessions, films. Most interesting was the selection of letters and notes from various celebrities. The Dalai Lama to Bruce Springsteen!!

Thoroughly recommended!

Thank StevieFinn
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

My wife and I are both musicians by training and really enjoyed visiting the museum. There are 4 separate but related exhibitions, which somewhat confuses what is on offer, so I will explain them. Firstly there is the main AMO museum which explains the various components that go together to create an opera: the music, the libretto (the words and plot), set design, costume, performers etc. it also gives an overview of some principle opera composers, but with a strong Italian bias. This was a fascinating exhibition with some interactive displays, costumes, sets, original scores and letters from composers to publishers or opera producers.

This exhibition is free for people who have tickets for the opera so is well worth visiting. The other exhibitions are chargeable, so we did this exhibition first on one day. Having spent 2 hours at it, we decided to return the following day to do the other 3 exhibitions.

The other 3 are chargeable and opera ticket holders get a reduction. I think the reduced price was 10 euros but that is from memory. The other 3 consist of one exhibition about opera at the arena, one about Pavarotti and an exhibition of old photographs from the arena archive? The arena exhibition had a fair bit of overlap with the AMO exhibition, with more costumes and set designs. The Pavarotti one was a surprise. I'm not keen on treating people as celebrities (the music is more important to me than a big name) but this was a great exhibition which portrayed his career, charity work, complete with costumes and scores which he had annotated for his own rehearsal use. The photographic exhibition was interesting too if you want to see how sets have developed over the years. We spent another 2 hours spread across these 3 exhibitions.

In summary, if you have opera tickets and like opera, then it is a 'no brainer' to attend the excellent and free (to you) AMO exhibition. If you enjoy that, then do as we did and pay for the others. However, you may find that the AMO addresses your needs and interests.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Following an evening at the the opera at the Arena on Saturday we went to the wonderful Arena Museum on the Sunday. This is a place strictly for opera lovers with fine displays of costumes, scenery, original manuscripts, videos of past performances, the history of the Arena operas and the title and leading singers of every Arena opera since 1913. There is also currently a special, very interesting exhibition devoted to the life of Luciano Pavarotti. We could have spent much of the day there but unfortunately had only a couple of hours.

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

We visited the whole all sections, which costs 10 euros if you have a recent arena opera ticket. The guides all spoke excellent English and were also enthusiasts for the subject. The section on Pavarotti was particularly interesting and very moving. We enjoyed 6 hours there. The presentation of the exhibits was just superb.

Thank robprior
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We spent 3 hours and could have spent more. If you take your opera ticket you get all 4 exhibitions for €10, a bargain. The exhibition (s), not to be confused with the Arena tour itself, are within a palazzo once lived in by Napoleon but this is not advertised at all. The ceilings and wall paintings were as good as some of the churches. In the basement is a roman ruin surrounded by photographs of sets from previous productions and the marble basins used by Napoleon for his horses in another room. The actual costumes from various operas are on some of the floors as well as the beautiful sketches for costumes and sets. It would be a great visit for a design student.
We gave up on the headsets but would have liked chairs in the rooms where there were videos of the operas, Many are on a loop and takes a while to watch all of them. We used lots of tissues crying watching some of them.
I think a cafe downstairs would have been nice for a break in between the exhibitions and we are only a fit 50 and 70 years old.
The Pavarotti exhibition is only temporary and will go to New York eventually.
The young ex students helping in the rooms were elegant, spoke good English and were very helpful, the girl on the desk was very pleased to be asked about the house and what her background was (art history)
As amateur opera lovers, who like it enough to travel to Verona for a week to see it, it was wonderful.

Thank katiecoughdrop
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