When skating meets history, meets music: Opera on Ice 2018

Piazza degli Scacchi, the heart of the medieval city Marostica, was this year’s host of Opera on Ice, a spectacular show born in Arena di Verona in 2011.

Featuring wonderful champions and glorious live music – performed by opera singers and Orchestra Ritmico Sinfonica Italiana –, the two nights in September (21 and 22) were a joy to both eyes and ears. And they put Marostica on a beautiful skating map since the cast included Evgeni Plushenko (and his son, Alexander), Anna Pogorilaya, Javier Fernández, Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, Nicole della Monica and Matteo Guarise, Annette Dytrt and Yannick Bonheur.

Guarded by the silhouettes of the castles in Marostica, the skaters travelled in time to embody Carmen, Lakmé, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Romeo and Juliet, the barber of Seville, Norma, Violetta, Alfredo or Princess Turandot.

And the journey was emotional, and colourful, and vivid.

You’ll see it in detail in the following photos taken in Marostica on the night of September 21.

Anna Pogorilaya
G. Bizet, “Carmen” – “Habanera”

Nicole della Monica and Matteo Guarise
L. Delibes, “Lakmé” – “Flower Duet”

Annette Dytrt and Yannick Bonheur
W.A. Mozart, “Die Zauberflöte” (The magic flute) – “Der hölle rache”

Evgeni Plushenko and Alexander Plushenko
G. Verdi, “Rigoletto” – “La donna é mobile”

Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte
C. Gounod, “Roméo et Juliette” – “Je veux vivre”

Javier Fernández
G. Rossini, “Il barbiere di Siviglia” – “Largo al factotum”

Nicole della Monica and Matteo Guarise
C. Orff, “Carmina Burana” – “O Fortuna”

Anna Pogorilaya
V. Bellini, “Norma” – “Casta Diva”

Annette Dytrt and Yannick Bonheur
G. Rossini, “Il barbiere di Siviglia” – “Sinfonia”

Javier Fernández
G. Bizet, “Carmen” – “Votre toast”

Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte
G. Verdi, “La Traviata” – “Amami, Alfredo”

Evgeni Plushenko
G. Puccini, “Turandot” – “Nessun Dorma”, tribute to Maestro Luciano Pavarotti

Until next time – the singers of Opera on Ice say goodbye to the audience