Verona – the home of the Capulets and the Monatgues. Verona – the setting for the tear jerking drama of the star crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet Verona – a city where lovers from all over the world gather in order to leave a note to Juliet in her home. But there is much more to Verona. Verona is a summer Mecca for opera lovers from all over the world who attend the annual lavish opera festival at the city's grandiose Arena. And now the Arena di Verona comes to the Masada, Dead Sea and Jerusalem Opera Festival this June. The orchestra of the Arena di Verona, who each summer plays in the city's Arena in front of tens of thousands of opera lovers from all over the world, will make a unique tour to Israel this June, just before the festival itself opens in Verona, and will perform twice in our special festival. On June 2, the orchestra of the Arena di Verona in its Israeli debut, will officially open the festival with an Opera Gala Concert at the Jerusalem Sultan Pool, performing popular arias and ensembles from operas by Verdi and Puccini among others. And the following evening (June 3), the orchestra will move to Masada where it will join forces with the Israeli Opera Chorus to perform Verdi's monumental Requiem. Italian maestro Giuliano Carella, one of the major conductors working in Verona, will lead the orchestra and the soloists in both concerts will be Bulgarian soprano Svetla Vassileva, Bulgarian mezzo soprano Mariana Pentcheva, Italian tenor Stefano Secco and Brazillian bass Luis-Ottavio Faria.